Evolution, genetics, animal behaviour, conservation
A deadly fungus that causes skin lesions in snakes has been detected in wild European species for the first time.
The first whales probably could not communicate underwater over long distances.
Last week, a study made headlines worldwide with its claim that the CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technique is more error prone than expected. In response, some investors chose to sell their shares in CRISPR-based biotech firms and stock values dipped by up to 15 percent for some companies.
But do the findings in the latest CRISPR report justify all this panic?
Adaptations to terrestrial life could be the key to their success.
Ancient human DNA suggests that the first farmers moved across Europe and closely integrated with hunter-gatherers.
Scientists have built the most accurate wheat genome map yet, and discovered thousands of new genes.
Wax-moth larvae could inspire biotechnological methods for degrading plastic.
Environmental DNA is tracking down difficult-to-detect species, from rock snot in the U.S. to cave salamanders in Croatia.
The masters of marine masquerade can morph from rough to smooth in less than a second.
Great apes and other wildlife are hunted and eaten as bushmeat across Central Africa, threatening dwindling populations and spreading disease, such as Ebola.
The name "Tasmanian devil" may bring up images of cartoon tornados and scattered debris. The Warner Brothers character Taz was portrayed as dim-witted, destructive and wacky. But real Tasmanian devils are anything but.
Tasmanian devil populations have been decimated by a contagious cancer for decades, but they are finally showing signs of fighting back.
Intensive aquaculture favors increasingly virulent forms of certain fish-infecting parasites and pathogens, studies show.
Meltwater from one of Canada’s largest glaciers has been abruptly re-routed to flow southward instead of to the north, thanks to climate change.
Over the course of many millions of years, members of one beetle family have evolved to impersonate army ants at least a dozen separate times, adding to evidence that evolution is more predictable than once thought.
The first plants lived on Earth some 400 million years earlier than the fossil record suggested.
Fossils of the earliest multicellular algae — which are closely related to the ancestors of modern plants — are rare and, until now, the most ancient specimen was around 1.2 billion years old.