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A genetically engineered tobacco plant, developed with two genes from blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), holds promise for improving the yields of...
A new re­port sug­gests Earth’s popula­t­ion will keep ris­ing through this cen­tu­ry—con­trary to past pro­jec­tions that it would sta­bi­lize, peak...
Reproductive cell division has a mechanical safeguard against errors. Reproductive cell division has evolved a simple, mechanical solution to avoid...
A hedge fund manager is the latest to embark on one of the most ancient of human quests: immortality. Joon Yun, president of $1 billion health care-...
Researchers have found that levels of a regulatory protein called ATF4, and the corresponding levels of the molecules whose expression it controls,...
In the previous post in this series, I discussed the fear of death that arises from thinking that one will not be remembered by posterity and that...
As we and other vertebrates age, our DNA accumulates mutations and becomes rearranged, which may result in a variety of age-related illnesses,...
Life can be so intricate and novel that even a single cell can pack a few surprises, according to a study led by Princeton University researchers....
In tropical rainforests, most young trees grow spatially independent from their parent trees. This means that it is not possible to predict where...
UCLA biologists have identified a gene that can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when activated remotely in key organ systems....

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