Biology

Snowy owls wintering in US fitted with tiny tracking devices

Dec 22, 2017

Snowy owls wintering in parts of the U.S. and Canada may head back to the Arctic next spring wearing tiny transmitters that track their movements

Science Says: Are poinsettias poisonous? Some holiday truths

Dec 20, 2017

Poinsettia plants aren't really poisonous and snowflakes can contain bacteria: holiday myths and truths

Scuba-diving Santa Claus delights children in San Francisco

Dec 20, 2017

The California Academy of Sciences kicked off its annual Scuba Santa show Tuesday with about 100 children and adults who crowded around a coral reef exhibit to watch jolly St. Nick feed fish

Striking a chord, NIH taps the brain to find how music heals

Dec 19, 2017

NIH bringing together musicians, music therapists and neuroscientists to tune into brain in search for music's healing power

Gene therapy for rare form of blindness wins US approval

Dec 19, 2017

U.S. health officials approve gene therapy that can restore the sight of patients with a rare form of inherited blindness

Nest of endangered giant softshell turtle found in Cambodia

Dec 19, 2017

Conservationists have found a nest of the endangered Asian giant softshell turtle on a Mekong River sandbar in northeastern Cambodia, while 115 new species of various other animal and plant life have been discovered in the greater Mekong region

New bird species named for Harvard 'father of biodiversity'

Dec 14, 2017

A new species of bird has been named for a retired Harvard biologist known as "the father of biodiversity."

Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinct

Dec 10, 2017

Officials with the federal government say it's time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them

Gene therapy shows promise against blood-clotting disease

Dec 7, 2017

A study fuels hope that gene therapy can give long-lasting help and perhaps even cure the blood clotting disease called hemophilia

Expanding DNA's alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

Nov 29, 2017

Scientists used artificial DNA to create a semi-synthetic strain of bacteria that produces novel proteins, a step toward designer drug development

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