Hope for coral recovery may depend on good parenting

The fate of the world’s coral reefs could depend on how well the sea creatures equip their offspring to cope with global warming. About half the world’s coral has been lost due to warming seas that make their world hostile. Instead of vivid and floral, coral bleach pale as temperatures rise. This happens because the … Read more Hope for coral recovery may depend on good parenting

‘Game-changing’ research could solve evolution mysteries

An evolution revolution has begun after scientists extracted genetic information from a 1.7 million-year-old rhino tooth – the largest and oldest genetic data to ever be recorded. Researchers identified an almost complete set of proteins, a proteome, in the dental enamel of the rhino and the genetic information discovered is one million years older than … Read more ‘Game-changing’ research could solve evolution mysteries

The genome of the pea assembled for the first time

An international team* led by researchers from INRA and CEA managed to assemble the first sequence of the pea genome. This study, published on September 2, 2019 in Nature Genetics, will, in addition to increasing knowledge of this genome compared to that of other legumes, help to improve traits of interest for peas, such as … Read more The genome of the pea assembled for the first time

GIS and eDNA analysis system successfully used to discover new habitats of rare salamander

A research team has successfully identified an unknown population of the endangered Yamato salamander (Hynobius vandenburghi) in Gifu Prefecture, using a methodology combining GIS and eDNA analysis. This method could be applied to other critically endangered species, in addition to being utilized to locate small organisms that are difficult to find using conventional methods. The … Read more GIS and eDNA analysis system successfully used to discover new habitats of rare salamander

Secret messages hidden in light-sensitive polymers

DNA is a long chemical sequence that carries genetic information. Inspired by this biological system, in recent years many research teams have been exploring how to store and then decode information within synthetic macromolecules, also called polymers*. In a leap forward in this field, researchers at the Institut Charles Sadron (CNRS) and the Institut de … Read more Secret messages hidden in light-sensitive polymers

International scientists shed new light on demise of two extinct New Zealand songbirds

They may not have been seen for the past 50 and 110 years, but an international study into their extinction has provided answers to how the world lost New Zealand’s South Island kokako and huia. Lead author Dr Nicolas Dussex, of the University of Otago, New Zealand, and Swedish Museum of Natural History, says the … Read more International scientists shed new light on demise of two extinct New Zealand songbirds

Cracking the code of a brain cancer that keeps coming back

One of the most common brain cancers in children, Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) medulloblastoma, also is one of the more survivable for most kids. Unfortunately, for a subset of patients the cancer resists treatment and relapses with a vengeance to then turn deadly. Researchers atĀ Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterĀ used a powerful new computer-assisted technology called single-cell … Read more Cracking the code of a brain cancer that keeps coming back

Prehistoric puma poo reveals oldest parasite DNA ever recorded

A team of Argentinian scientists from the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) made the discovery after studying a coprolite taken from a rock-shelter in the country’s mountainous Catamarca Province, where the remains of now extinct megafauna have previously been recovered in stratigraphic excavations. Radiocarbon dating revealed that the coprolite and thus the … Read more Prehistoric puma poo reveals oldest parasite DNA ever recorded

Biomolecular analyses of Roopkund skeletons show Mediterranean migrants in Indian Himalaya

A large-scale study conducted by an international team of scientists has revealed that the mysterious skeletons of Roopkund Lake – once thought to have died during a single catastrophic event – belong to genetically highly distinct groups that died in multiple periods in at least two episodes separated by one thousand years. The study, published … Read more Biomolecular analyses of Roopkund skeletons show Mediterranean migrants in Indian Himalaya

Lighting up proteins with Immuno-SABER

To better understand how tissues and organs develop, fail to function, and regenerate over time, researchers would like to visualize their constituent cells’ repertoires of molecules within 3D space. Ambitious efforts like the “Human BioMolecular Atlas Program”, the “Human Cell Atlas Project”, and several brain atlas projects are underway to map the presence and abundance … Read more Lighting up proteins with Immuno-SABER