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April 2, 2010


This structure represents a dehydrogenase enzyme from the bacteria Colwellia psychrerythraea. The enzyme is capable of generating harmful reactive oxygen species and has been implicated in neurodegeneration, ischemia-reperfusion, cancer and several other disorders.

Your Genetic Cookbook: How Cells And Viruses Work

Have you ever gotten a virus and wondered how your body was fighting it off?

February 15, 2010



Dmitry Belyaev, Dogs, Cats, Foxes, And Domestication

How did animals slowly become domesticated? Find out how Dmitry Belyaev selected foxes based on tameness.

January 26, 2010


A bussel of purple grapes.

Grapes Give Up Their Secrets

Learn about the science of grape "breeding" on this Moment of Science.

December 30, 2009



Fruit Fly Learning

New studies on fruit flies show that they use social learning to lay their eggs.

May 6, 2008


Dog and Cat Side-by-side

Breeding Cats and Dogs

Domesticated cats tend to show much less variety. A Siamese and a tabby are both shaped like, well, cats. While there are many different breeds of dogs.

December 5, 2007


Fully Spread Peacock

Runaway Tail!

One common misconception people have regarding evolution is that the gradual changing of physical forms always benefits the species in question.

November 20, 2007


Red Fox with Cub

What Is a Species?

A species is the most basic unit of classification for all organisms that live, or have ever lived, on Earth.

November 13, 2007


Fresh red tomatoes

Inserting and Containing Genes

Scientists have come up with a way of keeping engineered genes from accidentally altering wild plants. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

October 9, 2007


Chimp To Human Evolution

Who’s More Evolved?

Humans are more highly "evolved" than chimps, right?

July 17, 2007


Arnold Schwarzenegger bench pressing

Super Men (and Women)

We all know Kobe Bryant is an NBA superstar, but ten years from now you might see players that will make Kobe look like a junior varsity bench warmer.

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