Synthetic microorganisms allow scientists to study ancient evolutionary mysteries

Scientists use the tools of synthetic biology to enginneer organisms similar to those thought to have lived billions of years ago Scientists have created microorganisms that may recapitulate key features of organisms thought to have lived billions of years ago. Scientists at Scripps Research and their collaborators have created microorganisms that may recapitulate key features … More Synthetic microorganisms allow scientists to study ancient evolutionary mysteries

Insect biological control shields tropical forests

An international team of scientists, involving entomologists, conservation biologists, agro-ecologists and geographers, has just revealed how on-farm biological control can slow the pace of tropical deforestation and avert biodiversity loss on a macro-scale. The case study concerns biological control of the invasive mealybug Phenacoccus manihoti with the introduced host-specific parasitic wasp Anagyrus lopezi in Southeast … More Insect biological control shields tropical forests

Evolution used same genetic formula to turn animals monogamous

According to a new study that looked at 10 species of vertebrates, evolution used a kind of universal formula for turning non-monogamous species into monogamous species — turning up the activity of some genes and turning down others in the brain. Why are some animals committed to their mates and others are not? According to … More Evolution used same genetic formula to turn animals monogamous

Clues into early development of autism spectrum disorder

Neurons from people with autism exhibit different patterns of growth and develop at a faster rate Researchers compared stem cells created from individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) against stem cells created from those without ASD to uncover, for the first time, measurable differences in the patterns and speed of development in the ASD-derived cells. … More Clues into early development of autism spectrum disorder