Bioengineering and Biotechnology News
The Viking Journey of Mice and Men
Posted on March 20, 2012 at 03:24:02 pm
House mice (Mus musculus) happily live wherever there are humans. When populations of humans migrate the mice often travel with them
Lyme Disease Surge Predicted for US Northeast
Posted on March 16, 2012 at 11:39:47 pm
The northeastern U.S. should prepare for a surge in Lyme disease this spring. And we can blame fluctuations in acorns and mouse populations, not the mild winter
Environmental Toxicants Affect Generations
Posted on March 03, 2012 at 08:05:12 am
A Washington State University researcher has demonstrated that a variety of environmental toxicants can have negative effects on not just an exposed animal but the next three generations of its offspring
Computer Models How Buds Grow Into Leaves
Posted on March 02, 2012 at 08:24:51 am
Leaves come in all shapes and sizes. Scientists have discovered simple rules that control leaf shape during growth. Using this 'recipe', they have developed the first computer model able to accurately emulate leaf growth from a bud
In Vino Veritas: Promiscuous Yeast Hook Up in Wine-Making Vats
Posted on February 27, 2012 at 08:13:14 am
The common baker's yeast has indulged in a frenzy of amorous frolicking in the fermentation vats of winemakers for hundreds, possibly thousands, of years, with interesting results.
Cannabis Use Doubles Chances of Vehicle Crash
Posted on February 13, 2012 at 08:38:07 am
Drivers who consume cannabis within three hours of driving are nearly twice as likely to cause a vehicle collision as those who are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, claims a paper published recently on the British Medical Journal website
How the Zebra Got Its Stripes
Posted on February 09, 2012 at 11:09:41 pm
If there was a 'Just So' story for how the zebra got its stripes, I'm sure that Rudyard Kipling would have come up with an amusing and entertaining camouflage explanation
Battle of Vampires, 20 Million Years Ago?
Posted on February 04, 2012 at 05:21:37 pm
They are tiny, ugly, disease-carrying little blood-suckers that most people have never seen or heard of, but a new discovery in a one-of-a-kind fossil shows that "bat flies" have been doing their noxious business with bats for at least 20 million years
Severed Nerves: Heal and Use Limb Days Later?
Posted on February 04, 2012 at 05:01:45 pm
American scientists believe a new procedure to repair severed nerves could result in patients recovering in days or weeks, rather than months or years.
New Species of Ancient Crocodile Discovered
Posted on February 01, 2012 at 07:44:13 am
The extinct creature, nicknamed "Shieldcroc" due to a thick-skinned shield on its head, is an ancestor of today's crocodiles