Biologists glean insight into repetitive protein sequences

eLife (2022). DOI: 10.7554/eLife.77058″ width=”800″ height=”530″/> Using computational analysis, researchers have found that many repetitive sequences are shared across proteins and are similar in species from bacteria to humans. Credit: Byron Lee et al, eLife (2022). DOI: 10.7554/eLife.77058 About 70% of all human proteins include at least one sequence consisting of a single amino acid … Read more

Biologists address global extinction crisis

ISME Communications (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s43705-022-00126-3″ width=”800″ height=”434″/> Schematic of the disease transmission experimental setup. Six coral species (listed from most to least susceptible and represented by different colors) were cut in half, allowed to acclimate, and then placed in either a control or treatment tank. Half circles with matching color and number indicate being matching … Read more

‘Tabula sapiens’ multi-organ cell atlas already yielding surprises for biologists

Overview of Tabula Sapiens. The Tabula Sapiens was constructed with data from 15 human donors; for detailed information on which tissues were examined for each donor please refer to table S2. Demographic and clinical information about each donor is listed in the supplement and in table S1. Donors 1, 2, 7 and 14 contributed the … Read more

Biologists examine low-cost ways to improve urban streams

Hamilton County Conservation District staff and volunteers survey the Cooper Creek in a pilot project to demonstrate that adding timber in select places upstream can create habitat for fish and other aquatic life. Credit: Michael Booth Biologists at the University of Cincinnati are studying low-cost ways to improve water quality and habitat in urban creeks. … Read more

Biologists investigate what happens when traits jump between branches of the tree of life

The single-celled Paramecium bursaria hosts a symbiotic green algae that enables it to photosynthesize. This opens up new lifestyles for the otherwise heterotrophic species. Credit: Anatoly Mikhaltsov via Wikimedia, CC-BY-SA 4.0 We all must play the game of life with the cards we’re dealt, so the common aphorism goes. In biology, this means organisms must … Read more

Western biologists crowdsource biodiversity data

Some of the wildlife at Western already recorded in the biodiversity inventory. Credit: Brendon Samuels The next time you find yourself walking across campus, take a moment to stop or slow down and observe the many living things that call Western’s vast land their habitat. And while you’re at it, take a picture. It’s a … Read more