Researchers recently examined DNA sequences a snail living in deep ocean hydrothermal vents. They found similar DNA to other mollusks, but different DNA expression giving the snail its unique appearance. Continue reading Different Snail, Same Genes: What Gives the Scaly-foot Snail Its Scales?
Humans are one of mammal’s top drinking champions; we even have better tolerance than elephants Continue reading Who would win a drinking competition, humans or elephants?
Bioengineers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a new computational algorithm to improve the function of brain-computer interfaces. This algorithm works by finding common patterns of activity over time and outperforms the existing best algorithms. Continue reading Decoding Your Brain: The Search for Stability at the Brain-Computer Interface
Current polio vaccines have been successful in nearly eradicating polio in the world. Unfortunately, there have been emerging cases of polio in recent years. To combat this, scientists have designed a new oral poliovirus vaccine that could result in a new and safer polio vaccine. Continue reading Redesigning the polio vaccine – Lessons from evolution
Researchers have discovered microbes that can not only break down ethane, but also produce it, with important implications for carbon-neutral industrial processes. Continue reading Newly Discovered Microbe Both Breaks Down and Produces Ethane
Central to coral reefs around the world is the deeply interdependent relationship between corals and algae. This interconnection is responsible for algae’s protected habitat, corals’ bright colors, and the mutual exchange of nutrients for photosynthesis. Algae growth is modulated by a process called self-shading, decreasing exposure to light. In an artificial setup, however, this process prevents researchers from growing coral quickly. To prevent this light … Continue reading 3D printed corals grow algae that photosynthesize more efficiently
by Sebastian Rowe What would you do if I gave you $2.6 billion? For pharmaceutical companies, the answer is develop a drug. Not a handful, not a few… a single drug. $2.6 billion is the estimated development cost of each Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drug. For perspective, 48 new medicines were FDA approved in 2019. Therefore, the total development cost of all the approved … Continue reading Modern Drug Discovery: Why is the drug development pipeline full of expensive failures?