Editing the genomes of our gut bacteria will “create a whole new field of biology” in the coming decades, a Nobel prize-winning geneticist has said at the opening of a...
Despite being the most abundant white cells in the blood, neutrophils have a history of being considered inessential – noted more for their propensity to die than for the roles they play in keeping us alive. However, neutrophils harbor one of the immune system's most unique armaments - weaponizing its own DNA.
When it comes to cotton, butterflies play an unexpected role. A new study suggests that hoverflies and butterflies add about $120 million per year to the cotton harvest in Texas alone. Butterfly biologists hope the findings will encourage farmers to conserve habitat that benefits these overlooked pollinators.
The microbiome plays a crucial role in physical and mental health. A person's first few years of life are critical in acquiring the microbes necessary for a robust microbiome. Modern life is making it harder to get this exposure, with the drop in interactions due to the pandemic potentially having long-lasting effects. Scientists are researching solutions to restore this essential biological system.