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Stories with subject: Biology
  • new storyZomBee Watch helps scientists track honeybee killer story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-09-15 7:46 am

    HURLEY, New York - Call them "The Buzzing Dead."

  • Gene editing: Research spurs debate over promise vs. ethics story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-09-15 3:34 am

    WASHINGTON - The hottest tool in biology has scientists using words like revolutionary as they describe the long-term potential: wiping out certain mosquitoes that carry malaria, treating genetic diseases like sickle-cell, preventing babies from inheriting a life-threatening disorder.

  • Research beefing up steaks, hamburgers with healthy omega-3s story has photos
    Updated: Oct-09-15 1:49 am

    WICHITA, Kansas - Health-conscious consumers might be persuaded to eat more beef if it was fortified with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids naturally found in salmon and walnuts, according to researchers and some ranchers who are feeding cattle flaxseed - even marine algae - with an eye to offering another wholesome dinner choice.

  • U of M researchers study nasty parasite that dissolves fish 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 6:41 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - University researchers say a parasite is attacking fish in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

  • Study: Highway runoff kills salmon but filters can help 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 4:51 pm

    SEATTLE - Toxic runoff that flows from highways into urban streams is killing coho salmon in Puget Sound, but simple filtering methods can help fish survive, a new study finds.

  • Study: Eurasian farmers migrated to Africa 3,000 years ago 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 3:50 pm

    BERLIN - Scientists say they have extracted ancient DNA from the skull of a man buried in the highlands of Ethiopia 4,500 years ago that supports the theory that Eurasian farmers migrated into Africa some 3,000 years ago.

  • Why is elephant cancer rare? Answer might help treat humans story has photos
    Updated: Oct-08-15 12:14 pm

    CHICAGO - Cancer is much less common in elephants than in humans, even though the big beasts' bodies have many more cells. That's a paradox known among scientists, and now researchers think they may have an explanation - one they say might someday lead to new ways to protect people from cancer.

  • 3-state project to look at developing adolescent brains 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 10:50 am

    NEW ORLEANS - Researchers in New Mexico, Nevada and Louisiana are joining in a $5.9 million project to try to understand how adolescent brains develop.

  • Feds say first humpback whales of season spotted in Hawaii 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 9:28 am

    HONOLULU - Humpback whales were spotted in the waters off Hawaii for the first time this season, leading officials to warn ships and recreational boaters to steer clear of the endangered visitors.

  • Trio wins Nobel Prize for mapping how cells fix DNA damage story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-07-15 9:35 pm

    STOCKHOLM - Tomas Lindahl was eating his breakfast in England on Wednesday when the call came - ostensibly, from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It occurred to him that this might be a hoax, but then the caller started speaking Swedish.

  • Feds say first humpback whales of season spotted in Hawaii 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 6:44 pm

    HONOLULU - Humpback whales were spotted in the waters off Hawaii for the first time this season, leading officials to warn ships and recreational boaters to steer clear of the endangered visitors.

  • Anchorage library loans out skulls, furs and mounted animals 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 4:55 pm

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Need to borrow a polar bear fur? Or a walrus skull complete with tusks? Or how about a beluga whale vertebrae or piece of baleen?

  • Study: Mammals thrive in Chernobyl exclusion zone 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 11:54 am

    MOSCOW - Nearly 30 years after a nuclear reactor caught fire and spewed a lethal cloud of radiation, some species of mammals are thriving in the zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, a new study says.

  • DNR names 17 to Mille Lacs committee, new point man for lake 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 12:20 am

    MINNEAPOLIS - The Department of Natural Resources named 17 people to its new Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee on Tuesday and a new point person for the state agency's stepped-up efforts to revive the lake's struggling walleye population.

  • Hawaii receives grant to study false killer whales 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 8:13 pm

    HILO, Hawaii - Researchers in Hawaii have received nearly $1.2 million in federal grant funding to study the elusive false killer whale.

  • Correction: Aspen Trees-Disease story 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 7:04 pm

    FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - In a story Oct. 3 about a disease affecting aspen trees, The Associated Press erroneously reported the names of a forest entomologist and an eastern Arizona forest. The entomologist is John Anhold, not Ahold. The forest is the Apache-Sitgreaves.

  • 2 globe-trotting college professors bring world to class 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 9:41 am

    MIDDLETOWN, Virginia - When Ann and Robert "Rob" Simpson took a group of Lord Fairfax Community College students to the Galapagos Islands for a three-week educational visit, their tour guide showed up in a mini skirt and go-go boots.

  • Delaware State University optics lab on laser-cutting edge 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 9:05 am

    DOVER, Delaware - Let's say you want to see whether conditions on the planet Mars are ripe for life.

  • North Dakota drone team goes to Canada to study wildlife 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 6:06 pm

    FARGO, North Dakota - Scientists from the American Museum of Natural History who have spent five decades studying ecology in the polar bear capital of Canada had help this past summer from an unmanned aircraft team from the University of North Dakota.

  • Correction: Coral Bleaching story story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 5:21 pm

    HONOLULU - In a story Sept. 11 about coral bleaching, The Associated Press reported erroneously the geographic location of mostly uninhabited islands in Hawaii where scientists observed that coral had died after being bleached last year. Some coral died at an island in the northwestern end of the island chain, not the northeastern end.

  • Managers consider how to save southern New England lobsters 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 3:30 am

    OLD LYME, Connecticut - An interstate regulatory committee is set to meet to discuss new management possibilities for southern New England's imperiled lobster population.

  • New plan advances success in saving imperiled Wyoming toad 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 7:10 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A new recovery plan for the Wyoming toad announced Thursday seeks to carry forward recent success in finally getting the critically endangered amphibian to survive in the wild.

  • Michigan State partners with ExxonMobil on biofuel research 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 12:24 pm

    EAST LANSING, Michigan - Michigan State University and ExxonMobil are working together to expand research into advance algae-based fuels.

  • Killer bees found in San Francisco Bay Area for first time 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 5:37 pm

    LAFAYETTE, California - Africanized honeybees, known as killer bees because of their swarming, aggressive and deadly nature when a colony is threatened, have made their way to the San Francisco Bay Area for the first time, researchers say.

  • Correction: Georgia-Aquarium-Belugas story 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 2:44 pm

    ATLANTA - In a story Sept. 28 about the Georgia Aquarium losing a legal fight over beluga whales, The Associated Press, relying on court filings and a judge's ruling, reported erroneously that some of the whales the aquarium was trying to import from Russia would be loaned to SeaWorld facilities in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego. SeaWorld says it was originally part of the application but had since told the Georgia Aquarium that it no longer wanted to take any of the whales.