Biology Articles

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

25 October 2008

Surprising as it sounds, one of the world's top tipples a century ago was laced with cocaine. And although the...

20 October 2008

Ion channels are miniature pores in the membranes of cells. They're the gatekeepers controlling which ions can...

04 October 2008

Flies are creatures of habit - at least that's what the latest research on the fruit fly Drosophila has found. In...

16 June 2008

The buzz of a bumblebee is one of the quintessential sounds of summer time. But this ‘slender sound’ and ‘faint...

09 June 2008

Since scientists discovered how DNA behaves like a giant genetic recipe book encoding the entire suite of proteins...

02 June 2008

Every day our bodies are assailed by microbes of all descriptions, but for the most part we successfully fend them off...

22 April 2008

I.Q. scores have been rising steadily, by about 3 points per decade, ever since they were first administered. This is...

09 March 2008

Scientists have brought the world one step closer to the creation of the first artificial organism with the recent...

01 March 2008

The feasibility of a female oestrus amongst humans had been dismissed by the masses. But now a study of tipping amongst...

26 January 2008

Just as winter follows summer, the chances are you'll catch a cold this winter - but what is the sticky stuff that...

04 January 2008

We tend to think of parasites as evolutionary cheats, surreptitiously taking advantage of their hosts’ hard work while...

06 December 2007

Equivalent in land area to 14 Isle of Mans, or Rhode Island State twice over, the Louisiana Wetlands are one of the...

25 November 2007

There are 100,000,000,000 nerve cells in a brain, surrounded by at least 10 times as many supporting cells...

06 November 2007

Ask anyone who made the world’s best violins and they’ll inevitably answer "Stradivari". But science is...

30 October 2007

What do pop-up books and some of the most fundamental molecules of life have in common? Charlotte Rusby enters a world...

03 August 2007

Climate change has been blamed with altering the environment – from animal migrations to sea level. Now it's also...

29 July 2007

Beating your head against a hard surface can be a sign of frustration, yet for a woodpecker it’s a fact of life. So why...

14 July 2007

Why re-invent the wheel when Nature has already come up with the best solution? Becky Poole explores the field of...

07 July 2007

Mention plastics and most people think of polythenes, perspex and other oil-based nasties that never break down. But...

30 June 2007

There are five million new cases of HIV internationally every year, and the virus is second only to tobacco as the...

22 June 2007

Dementia-prone mice have shown researchers than an old mouse can learn new tricks, given the right environment...

24 May 2007

The lymphatic system is your body's drainage system. It collects the excess fluid that surrounds cells and returns...

13 April 2007

By now we’re familiar with apocalyptic visions of a scorched and flooded world ravished by global warming. But this...