Biology

China drafts rules on biotech after gene-editing scandal

Feb 27, 2019

China unveils draft regulations on gene editing and other potentially risky biomedical technologies after a Chinese scientist's claim of helping to create gene-edited babies roiled the global science community

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Feb 21, 2019

Zebra stripes are dazzling, particularly to flies and scientists say that might be the answer to how zebras got their stripes

Neptune's newest, tiniest moon likely piece of bigger one

Feb 20, 2019

Neptune's newest and tiniest moon is probably a piece of a larger one nearby

Northern Red Sea coral reefs may survive a hot, grim future

Feb 20, 2019

As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer than ever, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope

Year in space put US astronaut's disease defenses on alert

Feb 15, 2019

Scientists find that astronaut who spent nearly a year in space had his immune system go on high alert

UN: Experts to develop oversight standards for gene editing

Feb 14, 2019

The World Health Organization is convening a meeting next month to develop global standards for the governance of gene editing, after a Chinese researcher announced he had created the world's first gene-edited babies

Love on the rocks: Penguins celebrating Valentine's Day

Feb 13, 2019

In what has become an annual Valentine's Day tradition, biologists handed out red felt hearts to African penguins at a San Francisco aquarium

PBS' 'Finding Your Roots' looks into political leaders' past

Feb 11, 2019

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., says he hopes this season of the PBS series 'Finding Your Roots' helps a divided U.S. see how all Americans have unique family mysteries

Dog DNA testing takes off, and generates debate

Feb 11, 2019

DNA testing for dogs has surged in recent years, with over a million dogs tested in little over a decade. DNA testing for dogs has surged in recent years, with more than 1 million dogs tested in little over a decade

Desert attraction temporarily closes after 4 dolphin deaths

Feb 8, 2019

Dolphinaris Arizona says it will close temporarily as a panel of experts investigates potential factors in the death of four dolphins

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