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At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
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A treatment that encourages normal bone growth in mice offers a possible therapy for the most common form of dwarfism in humans. Mice injected with decoy receptors for a growth factor associated with the disease had dramatically reduced rates of skeletal defects.
A controversial study of genetically modified rice as a promising source of vitamin A in Chinese children violated university and U.S. federal rules on human research, Tufts University announced this week. The principal investigator has been barred from doing human research for 2 years.
Scientists know that the musty odor and odd taste of “corked” wine comes from a molecule called 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA). Now they’ve discovered how TCA exerts its pesky influence. Using the enormous olfactory receptor cells in newts, they found that TCA blocks the channels that stimulate the nerve cells responsible for smell.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s incoming conservative government has eliminated the Climate Commission, designed by the previous Labor administration as an “independent and reliable” source of information about the science of climate change. Environmental scientists believe the move, part of a larger government overhaul, is severely misguided.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) intends to give $33 million to a clinical trial of a yet-to-be identified drug targeting amyloid plaques—proteins that clog brain cells in people with Alzheimer’s disease. The effort aims to settle once and for all whether anti-amyloid drugs can be effective treatments.
NASA's Curiosity rover has turned up no traces of methane gas on Mars—a finding that will disappoint those looking for potential signs of life on the Red Planet. But some scientists maintain that the new upper limit on methane quantity doesn’t rule out the existence of methane clouds or plumes, and even pockets of microbial life on the surface.