Biology

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

UK announces pharma investment, aims to boost productivity

Nov 27, 2017

Britain says two major drugs companies plan new research facilities that will bring 1,750 jobs to Britain, part of plans to boost the country's sagging productivity after Brexit

Black bears back in eastern Nevada after 80-year absence

Nov 26, 2017

A new study says more than 500 black bears have returned to parts of their historic range in the Great Basin of Nevada where the species disappeared about 80 years ago

VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing veterans

Nov 22, 2017

Hundreds of U.S. veterans who fought in Vietnam have reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet _ test results show some may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite in Southeast Asia

Endangered orcas compete with seals, sea lions for salmon

Nov 20, 2017

Harbor seals, sea lions and other marine mammals have been rebounding in recent decades and they're devouring more of the chinook salmon prized by endangered Puget Sound orcas

Purdue professor receives $5M grant for grain research

Nov 19, 2017

A Purdue University professor has received a $5 million grant to help develop hybrid grain seeds that will resist parasite weeds

Fotis Kafatos, distinguished Greek biologist, dies at 77

Nov 18, 2017

Fotis Kafatos, a Greek molecular biologist who had a distinguished academic career in both the United States and Europe, dies at age 77

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