Bioengineering and Biotechnology News
Pitcher Plant-Inspired Coating Resists Liquids
Posted on September 22, 2011 at 06:58:54 pm
After a rain, the cupped leaf of a pitcher plant becomes a virtually frictionless surface. Sweet-smelling and elegant, the carnivore attracts ants, spiders, and even little frogs. One by one, they slide to their doom
Humans Are Wired to Respond to Animals
Posted on September 10, 2011 at 08:01:50 am
Some people feel compelled to pet every furry animal they see on the street, while others jump at the mere sight of a shark or snake on the television screen
Potatoes Reduce Blood Pressure in People With Obesity and High Blood Pressure
Posted on September 08, 2011 at 09:24:42 am
The potato's stereotype as a fattening food for health-conscious folks to avoid is getting another revision as scientists report that just a couple servings of spuds a day reduces blood pressure almost as much as oatmeal without causing weight gain
Tweaking Plants' Clock to Make All-Season Crops
Posted on September 03, 2011 at 10:58:22 pm
Yale University researchers have identified a key genetic gear that keeps the circadian clock of plants ticking, a finding that could have broad implications for global agriculture
Can New Drug Cure Nearly Any Viral Infection?
Posted on August 26, 2011 at 05:15:57 pm
Most bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, discovered decades ago. However, such drugs are useless against viral infections, including influenza, the common cold, and deadly hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola
Entry Point for Deadly Ebola Virus Found
Posted on August 25, 2011 at 09:18:58 am
Ebola virus, the cause of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), is one of the deadliest known viruses affecting humans
Bulletproof Human Skin' Made From Spider Silk
Posted on August 18, 2011 at 10:11:26 pm
It might look like a poorly drawn picture of an alien, but this is actually one of the most advanced types of skin ever made - that can even stop bullets.
Getting Inside the Mind of Our Ancient Ancestors
Posted on August 18, 2011 at 12:31:03 am
Reorganization of the brain and sense organs could be the key to the evolutionary success of vertebrates, one of the great puzzles in evolutionary biology, according to a paper by an international team of researchers, published August 17 in Nature.
Major Breakthrough On How Viruses Infect Plants
Posted on August 17, 2011 at 08:42:36 am
CSIRO plant scientists have shed light on a problem that has puzzled researchers since the first virus was discovered in 1892 -- how exactly do they cause disease?
Researchers Unravel the Magic of Flocks of Starlings
Posted on August 16, 2011 at 05:25:42 pm
Do fish swimming in schools or birds flying in flocks have a collective spirit that enables them to move as one? Are they animals with highly developed cognition, a complex instinct or a telepathic gift?