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Bats possess many extraordinary adaptations, including echolocation, flight, unique immunity to viruses and extended longevity. To uncover the molecular basis underlying these traits, we have generated high-quality genomes of six bat species. These resources will improve our understanding of bat biology and stimulate new avenues of research that are relevant to human health and disease.
A surprisingly geologically active Venus – evidence for recent volcanic and tectonic activityJun 17, 2021 | 4.5 min read by Anna J. P. Gülcher
Strip it out and build it back! Engineering a morphogen gradientJun 16, 2021 | 3.5 min read by Luca Cocconi , Marc de Gennes , Guillaume Salbreux
Homing pigeons find their way home by smelling the airJun 15, 2021 | 3.5 min read by Nora Zannoni
From days to hours: detecting SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodiesJun 14, 2021 | 4 min read by Charles Kevin Tiu , Vivian Chih-Wei Chen
When the girdle of social timing relaxes: Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on human sleepJul 9, 2020 in Psychology | 3.5 min read by Christine Blume , Marlene H. Schmidt
High performance silks deployed by web building wolf spiders
Wolf spiders that build webs produce silks that perform differently than those that do not build webs, supporting hypotheses that web building and silk performance co-evolved in spiders.Nov 12, 2018 | 4 min read
Fighting back antibiotic resistance: a new hope from the soil
Antibiotic resistance represents a critical threat for our health and disease treatment. New discoveries are crucial to develop further medicaments against future superbugs.Feb 24, 2016 | 4 min read
What were the ice age ‘stilt-legged’ horses of North America?
Were these extinct animals related to horses, donkeys, or zebras, or were they something else entirely? Using ancient DNA, we have finally solved this mystery.Nov 2, 2018 | 3.5 min read
How do plants breathe?
Breathing air in and out is something that we, as humans, perform in every moment of our lives. Plants do likewise thanks to tiny mouths called stomata.Nov 22, 2017 | 4 min read