Science Features

Science articles and medical features written by scientists internationally...

03 August 2005

The joke goes that humans end up resembling their pets. But it looks increasingly like animals are having the last...

27 July 2005

Transposons are pieces of DNA that have jumped their way around our genome throughout evolution. What are transposons...

06 July 2005

One of the fun things about working in science is the scientific meeting. Lots of free tea and coffee, buffet lunches...

29 June 2005

I am supposed to write about one of my great passions, drinking wine.

22 June 2005

The life of a laboratory animal is not generally an enviable one. However, for some fruitflies in San Francisco it must...

15 June 2005

This article looks at how influenza (flu) was discovered, how influenza spreads, infects people, and grows, how to...

08 June 2005

"Neanderthal" was once used as an insult; a term for a stupid, brutish oaf but who were Neanderthals, and how...

25 May 2005

Can we all be brilliant? Bit by bit thousands of researchers are trying to untangle the workings of the brain. But how...

18 May 2005

Photo-therapy is the term used to describe treatments which use light to achieve their effects. But how do these work...

11 May 2005

The recently discovered traces of ricin in a makeshift laboratory in a flat in London have caused a media frenzy over...

04 May 2005

Radiologist Bob Bury investigates some of the new 'scanning' technologies, which have revolutionised medical...

01 May 2005

Peter Brennan describes how smells called pheromones can influence our sexual behaviour and how pheromones work...

27 April 2005

Previously dan looked at relatively simple dreams in which this pattern readily could be perceived. Now we shall see...

20 April 2005

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) aims to regulate the trade in animal and plant...

13 April 2005

Coincidences are just waiting to happen. For all those times you've witnessed uncanny events, or had cause to...

06 April 2005

Adel looks at the nuts and bolts of building an animal from genes right up to bones, and discusses similarities between...

23 March 2005

Developments in biological science, have led to a massive increase in the amount of data available in biology and...

16 March 2005

Claire McLoughlin describes the chemistry of cooking including what chemical changes occur in food when we cook it, and...

09 March 2005

The fertility doctor Panos Zavos claimed to have cloned a human baby, while a team of researchers in South Korea also...

02 March 2005

Caffeine seems to be vital for the functioning of the modern world, from keeping drivers awake to getting that last...

23 February 2005

Are the days of private thoughts numbered? A new development in neuroscience, functional magnetic resonance imaging (...

02 February 2005

A material designed originally to help rockets blast into space (Cytomatrix) is now helping scientists in America to...

26 January 2005

A report was published warning that Britain's prosperity will suffer if the government does not come up with new...