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A bat, a mushroom, a blade of grass--they're easy to identify as "life." But what about a cold virus or mold?  Biologists are life's detectives, discovering what “alive” really means.

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corn roots

Deeper roots mean more robust corn crops

Robust roots improve corn's drought tolerance and fertilizer efficiency ...

Research Areas: Biology

this caribbean clingfish was recently found to be venomous

Tiny Caribbean clingfish carries venom

Uncommon finding suggests need to continue investigating well-studied species ...

Research Areas: Biology

a frozen wood frog

Lessons learned from frogs that freeze and thaw

Cold hardy frogs offer clues to cryopreservation of human tissue ...

Research Areas: Biology

dry yeast

Building yeast genomes from scratch

International effort leads to synthetic yeast chromosome, a building block for the yeast genome...

Research Areas: Biology

filming an ibiology talk in a green screen studio at the university of california, san francisco

iBiology goes behind the science of living things

Free, online collection of videos provides insights from leading scientific researchers...

Research Areas: Education, Biology

a powerful algorithm helps researchers map complex cell development

Mapping cell development one line at a time

The Wanderlust algorithm allows researchers to study single cells as they transform into tissues and organs...

Research Areas: Biology

a disposable plastic cartridge identifies bacteria's response to chemical signals

Diagnosing and treating bacterial diseases with a simple cartridge assay

Device reveals how chemical signals influence behavior of bacterial colonies...

Research Areas: Biology

a tent-making bat, a fruit-eating species of new world leaf-nosed bats

The evolution of smell in fruit-eating bats

The ability to smell different odors helps bats and other mammals survive...

Research Areas: Biology

little brown bats with white-nose syndrome

Helping bats survive white-nose syndrome

Social behavior during hibernation may determine whether bats survive fungal disease...

Research Areas: Biology

a researcher holds rice plants sampled from a cambodian rice paddy

Minimizing arsenic in Cambodian rice edit

Soil's oxygen content plays a role in arsenic uptake...

Research Areas: Biology

coal-fired power plant in new hampshire

Rivers as cooling towers for regional electricity

Computer models show interaction of power plants with climate, water and ecosystems...

Research Areas: Earth & Environment, Biology

a blood sample can help identify traumatic brain injury

Detecting traumatic brain injuries in the field

Blood test could identify proteins that result from head trauma...

Research Areas: Biology

researchers are tracking wild turkeys in maine for vulnerability to multiple pathogens

Testing and tracking turkeys

Student researchers help evaluate pathogens affecting wild turkeys in Maine...

Research Areas: Biology

a high-school intern hunts for nematode viruses at ladybird johnson wildflower center

High-school students hunt for viruses

Underrepresented students learn about higher education while searching for nematode viruses...

Research Areas: Biology, Education

interactions between plant proteins provide a rich resource for new discoveries

Protein 'handshakes' vital to plant survival

Researchers create interactome showing how plant proteins communicate...

Research Areas: Biology

a red squirrel moves her pup from one nest to another

A mother's protective influence

Maternal stress hormones prepare young animals for changing environments...

Research Areas: Biology

changes in the internal dynamics of proteins can cause dramatic changes in protein activity

Dynamic activation of protein function

Modified internal dynamics produce dramatic changes in protein activity...

Research Areas: Biology

an interactive map for the hawaii county food self-sufficiency baseline study

Digital portal provides gateway to Hawaiian Island data

Online web mapping services aid scientific discovery ...

Research Areas: Earth & Environment, Biology

experimental data adds precision to molecular simulations of proteins

Designing drugs using more precise molecular simulations

Experimental data improves accuracy of protein simulations...

Research Areas: Biology

calcifying corals growing in low pH conditions are more sensitive to erosion

Discovering how coral reefs respond to acid oceans

Corals in naturally acidified reefs experience slow growth and decreased density...

Research Areas: Earth & Environment, Biology

the maine epscor emerald ash borer project builds connections between researchers and tribal communities

Preparing for the emerald ash borer

Maine alliance aims to protect ash trees from invasive beetle...

Research Areas: Biology

a researcher retrieves samples after immersion in a flowing seawater tank

Removing biofouling from underwater structures

Collaborative effort advances device to keep wet surfaces clean...

Research Areas: Biology

fish graze on a coral reef in hawaii

Keeping coral reefs healthy

Grazing species control seaweed and nutrient levels...

Research Areas: Biology

researchers determined an essential structure of a molecular machine that regulates dna

Exposing the architecture of a molecular machine

Researchers decode an essential part of the 'Mediator' which regulates gene expression...

Research Areas: Biology

students participate in a soymap workshop

Cultivating future plant genomics researchers

SoyMap workshop provides hands-on instruction for undergraduates ...

Research Areas: Biology, Education

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