Biology Articles

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

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...

26 April 2006

The battle between Science and Religion has left us with a choice: faith in God or belief in a rational scientific...

12 April 2006

Humans have exceptionally large and complex brains. Ruth has a look at two genes, that seem to have played a role in...

05 April 2006

Genes make you what you are. All living things have them (humans have about 25,000) and they're like blueprints....

22 March 2006

The last time you opened wide, did you ever imagine that you were opening the door to what is essentially home to...

15 February 2006

What causes cold sores and genital herpes, how do herpes viruses cause disease, why do herpes infections persist for...

18 January 2006

Barrie takes a look at the past and present use of leeches in medicine and surgery, including helping doctors in...

21 December 2005

Therapeutic cloning has all sorts of exciting possiblities. What is it? How does it work and what are the possibilities...

19 October 2005

Underwater photographer Klaus Jost photographs the great white shark using a neoprene seal as bait in 'shark alley...

12 October 2005

The marine ecosystem in Alask has undergone a dramatic ecosystem shift: over just 20 years, previously-abundant shrimp...

05 October 2005

Napoleon wrasses are found on reefs across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. However over-exploitation by fisherman due to...