Biology Articles

Articles about biology, genetics, ecology and evolution, insects, mammals, marine science, plants and zoology...

02 December 2014

Hear from the scientists who discovered and identified a worm inside a man's brain, and how they worked out how to...

19 November 2014

What would happen if a human was swallowed by a whale? Could Jonah have survived?

30 October 2014

Just in time for Halloween, a look at nature's spooky animal imitators which play their very own version of trick-...

22 October 2014

Like our classrooms, fish tend to have their own place in the school, but what factors decide which fish gets the best...

09 October 2014

This week the scientific Nobel prizes have been awarded, just as the Ebola death toll passes 7000.

09 September 2014

With thousands of species going extinct how do we choose which ones to try and save?

24 July 2014

In Dr Shahid's line of work they see plenty of people who get things stuck in their ears, ranging from bugs to...

19 March 2014

What does sleep do to your ability to make new memories? Alice Kay investigates...

22 February 2014

UK Science Minister David Willetts promotes science diplomacy in Chicago...

23 January 2014

In the hearts of forests and jungles around the world there exist members of a feral strain of scientist who grew up on...

20 January 2014

The Polar icecaps are melting, but is the news all bad?

05 January 2014

The tiny plants that inhabit the ocean (phytoplankton) have developed a remarkable mechanism to protect themselves from...

12 December 2013

Do you find it harder to learn and adapt to new things than you once did? Do you find you're more forgetful than...

16 September 2013

If a doctor offered you live eggs from a parasitic worm to treat your medical complaints, would you accept? Whipworms...

25 July 2013

Cutting-edge research in epigenetics - the ways in which the environment can affect the behavior of genes - is changing...

12 July 2013

Can I catch infectious diseases from my dog? And can they catch infections from me?

30 April 2013

A genetic screen tells your doctor knows you are at increased risk of getting cancer. You’d want to know, right? Or...

20 April 2013

Chicken eggs can be turned into incubators to produce disease-combating antibodies against human infections...

16 March 2013

Parasitic worms that live in our intestines are currently being tested as medical treatments for diseases such as...

16 October 2012

And has life evolved elsewhere in the Solar System too?

20 September 2012

Toby Fountain does something rather strange when he checks into a hotel: bags deposited unopened at the room's...

10 September 2012

Over the last 40 years, drugs have been developed that, as well as performing their original purpose of helping those...

14 August 2012

Less than 5% of the nitrogen added to crops to feed animals ends up as meat in our mouths. The rest is wasted and...

21 June 2012

The psychedelic drug psilocybin, the active principal of magic mushrooms, was once thought to have promising medical...