Baleen whales probably only grew colossal some 3 million years ago, and it was probably climate change that triggered the transformation. The post Why Are Whales So Dang Big? Science May Finally Have an Answer appeared first on WIRED.
Endangered Egyptian vultures thrive near open garbage sites, which have helped some bounce back – but EU regulations threaten to shut the sites down
Easy genetic modification could mean cures for cancer (yay!), kitty-sized pigs (squee!), and, yes, designer babies (ack). The post Crispr Creator Jennifer Doudna on the Promises—and Pitfalls—of Easy Genetic Modification appeared first on WIRED.
A new US-based R&D facility will support Chinese genetics company BGI in its efforts to develop next-next-generation sequencing technologies. The post A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the UItimate Sequencer appeared first on WIRED.
Parrotlets save energy when foraging by jumping from perch to perch with a few wingbeats, a technique that might have predated true flight
The unique history of the Red Sea means that reefs in its northern part may be able to adapt to higher water temperatures, at least for a while
Rays, and possibly sharks, could suffer reproductive loss from being dragged around by fishing nets before being released
Opinion: Crispr and other gene-editing technologies may affect the future of all life on the planet. The government isn't prepared. The post Crispr Makes It Clear: The US Needs a Biology Strategy, and Fast appeared first on WIRED.
The USDA is currently reviewing whether to allow Cornell University and Oxitec to release tens of thousands of GM moths into a 10-acre site in New York. The post Oxitec Pioneered the GM Mosquito. Up Next? Moths, of Course appeared first on WIRED.