Cell Studio Serious games for immunology

Researchers at the Tel Aviv University, Israel, Dortmund University, Germany, and Arizona State University, U.S., have collaborated to engineer an interactive 3-D simulation in silico that can mimic in vitro, or in vivo experiments as seen under the microscope using interactive game engines.

Tropical 'banana eater' birds lived in North America 52 million years ago

A fossil of an ancestor of modern tropical birds has been found in North America, proving they also used to live in the Northern Hemisphere, say scientists.

New type of photosynthesis discovered

The discovery changes our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks.

Protecting plants intelligently

We must reduce the environmental and health risks of pesticides. However, rather than banning them completely, Robert Finger advocates an intelligent approach to crop protection.

Africa’s 2000-year-old trees of life are suddenly dying off

500 BC. In Rome, King Tarquin the Proud has been sent into exile and there’s a brand new Roman republic. At around the same time, in what is now Zimbabwe, an elephant defecates after feasting on baobab fruits. A seed sprouts in the dung.

First tetrapods of Africa lived within the Devonian Antarctic Circle

THE FIRST AFRICAN FOSSILS OF DEVONIAN TETRAPODS (FOUR-LEGGED VERTEBRATES) SHOW THESE PIONEERS OF LAND LIVING WITHIN THE ANTARCTIC CIRCLE, 360 MILLION YEARS AGO.

Gene editing just got easier

An international team of researchers has made CRISPR technology more accessible and standardized by simplifying its complex implementation. The simpler, faster CRISPR, which is presented in the journal Nature Communications, offers a broad platform for off-the shelf genome engineering that may lower the barrier of entry for this powerful technology.