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Is evolution predictable?

RNA molecules are one of the key biomolecules of life as they appear in organisms as catalysts, building blocks, and information carriers. RNA is made up of sequences of chemical `letters’ called nucleotides, similar to the chemicals that make up DNA sequences. RNA sequences can... click to read more

  • Kamaludin Dingle | Professor at Gulf University for Science and Technology and The California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
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Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 22, 2023
Nature favors simplicity and symmetry in biological forms

Looking at nature we see symmetric arrangements in flower petals, simple spirals in snail shells, repeating branching patterns in fern leaves and lung structures, and regular arrangements of proteins in many biomolecules. But why are these symmetric and regular structures so common in biology? There... click to read more

  • Kamaludin Dingle | Professor at Gulf University for Science and Technology and The California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Views 1462
Reading time 4 min
published on May 26, 2023
Spring: A Season Of New Beginnings And The End Of The Dinosaurs

The extinction of the dinosaurs from space rock is possibly the most famous of all mass extinctions. This ~12 km wide asteroid, about twice as tall as Kilimanjaro, impacted a reef off the coast of the Yucatán peninsula and caused tsunamis, earthquakes, and seiches. Molten... click to read more

Views 1840
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 24, 2023
Salmon evolve quickly as a response to intense harvesting of their prey

Climate change and human activities impact living creatures in complex ways. In response, organisms may acclimate to those challenges during their lifetime or adapt over several generations, through genetic changes. Organisms with characteristics matching best their new environment, such as size at reproduction, will spread... click to read more

  • Yann Czorlich | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Turku, Natural resources institute Finland, University of Helsinkí
Views 1692
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 20, 2023
The seed’s hidden defense arsenal: using bacteria to defend against disease

Stable cereal production plays an important role in maintaining a food supply for the world’s growing population. However, seed-borne bacterial diseases can limit crop production and quality. This has been aggravated in recent decades by changes in both the global climate and modern farming techniques.... click to read more

  • Haruna Matsumoto | PhD Student at Key Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Crop Pathogens and Insects, Ministry of Agriculture, Institute of Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
  • Tomislav Cernava | Professor at Institute of Environmental Biotechnology, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria
  • Mengcen Wang | Principal Investigator at Key Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Crop Pathogens and Insects, Ministry of Agriculture, Institute of Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 10, 2022