Category: Biology

The Biologist Trying to Make the First Pregnancy Test for Sharks

The Biologist Trying to Make the First Pregnancy Test for Sharks

A group of researchers had been tracking the movements of some oceanic whitetip sharks off the coast of Cat Island, a long, thin stretch of land in the center of the Bahamas. Maybe, they...

China Used Crispr to Fight Cancer in a Real, Live Human

China Used Crispr to Fight Cancer in a Real, Live Human

DO YOU REMEMBER President-elect Trump holding forth on the campaign trail about “China beating us at our own game”? Well, it’s true, as long as the game in question is editing human DNA using Crispr/Cas9. China is...

Nacho Cheese Botulism Outbreak Raises Awareness of the Deadly Neurotoxic Disease

Nacho Cheese Botulism Outbreak Raises Awareness of the Deadly Neurotoxic Disease

A botulism outbreak has killed one man and sickened nine other people who ate nacho cheese sauce contaminated with the toxic bacterial protein. Heath officials traced the outbreak to a gas station in California’s...

‘Glass Frog’ Species Visibly Displays Its Beating Red Heart

‘Glass Frog’ Species Visibly Displays Its Beating Red Heart

You don’t have to be a biologist to see how so-called “glass frogs,” a group of largely arboreal tree frogs found in parts of Central and South America, earned that unusually descriptive name —...

This Is How We Taste Water

This Is How We Taste Water

Scientists at Caltech published a study this week that uses this new information about sour taste bud cells to challenge current theories of taste and perception. It’s important to note that when the scientists say “taste,”...