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Novel protein linked to diabetes identified

Researchers have identified a protein, the lack of which can contribute to development of Type-2 diabetes.

'Forbidden' substances on super-Earths may help sustain life

'Forbidden' substances on super-Earths may help sustain life

"Forbidden" substances can increase heat transfer rates and strengthen magnetic fields on massive Earth-like planets that may eventually help harbour living organisms, scientists say.

Soon, DNA bar coding to identify any organism a call away

Irritated with a pest that doesn't seem to go away even after you have tried using a variety of insect sprays? A helpline on the anvil will soon connect you with experts who will decode the puzzle of the mysterious insect through an identification technology called DNA barcoding and provide solutions, courtesy the iBOL project.

New methane organisms discovered

New methane organisms discovered

The research expands the knowledge of diversity of life on the Earth and suggests that scientists are missing other organisms involved in carbon cycling and methane production.

How organisms distinguish between real sugar, artificial sweetener

A new study has provided a deeper insight into how organisms distinguish between real sugar and artificial sweetener.

EU project to engineer bacteria for novel vaccines

 A European Union-funded project is combining gene engineering and biotechnology to design novel vaccines based on the bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae.

Master orchestrator of genome discovered

A team of researchers has discovered the "master orchestrator" of genome and has described how a single nuclear protein functions like an orchestra conductor, programming the "symphony of biology."

'Missing link' microbes may help explain how we evolved from single cells

Newly discovered microbes can explain evolution of animals from single-celled organisms.

Aliens are probably enormous and weigh over 300 kgs!

Aliens are probably enormous and weigh over 300 kgs!

Aliens, if they exist, would be much larger than humans, weighing over a massive 300 kilogrammes, a cosmologist in Spain has calculated.

Vitamin B12 could detoxify pollutants

Looking at how certain organisms manage to lower the toxicity of pollutants, researchers have discovered that vitamin B12 could be the key to combating pollution.

Global warming leads to oxygen depletion in oceans

Global warming leads to oxygen depletion in oceans

A study to track oxygen levels in global oceans has revealed that the oxygen levels in oceans have come down due to global warming.

Revealed: How species react to climate change

Researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the University of Vermont in the US have developed a new tool to overcome a major challenge of predicting how organisms may respond to climate change.

Fukushima radiation caused serious damage to wildlife: Study

A series of studies on the biological impact of the Fukushima disaster on non-human organisms has revealed that the radiation has affected the population, genetic makeup and the repair mechanisms of birds, monkeys, butterflies, and other insects to cope with the exposure.

Secret to slow ageing found... for flowers

Your bouquets could now remain fresh for much longer as researchers have found a technique that could slow down ageing of flowers by up to half, a finding that could lead to unravelling secrets on how to prevent cell decay in other organisms.

`Fuel cell model` sheds new light on origin of life

In a path-breaking research, scientists have developed a `fuel cell model` for developing a similar energetic process that may have led to the emergence of life on Earth.

Ancient minerals that could have existed when life began on Earth revealed

A new analysis of Hadean mineralogy challenges the assumption that the mineral species found on Earth today are much the same as they were during Earth`s first 550 million years.

Life on Earth rained from the sky in meteorites: Study

Meteorite bombardment left large craters on Earth that contained water and chemical building blocks for life, which ultimately led to the first organisms 4 billion years ago, an Indian-origin scientist suggests.

Sex gives evolutionarily advantages to organisms

Scientists have speculated for a long time on why all living things don`t simply make like amoebas and split instead of having sex.

Explosive evolution need not follow mass extinctions

A new discovery has challenged the widely held assumption that a period of explosive evolution quickly follows for survivors of mass extinctions.