It eats nickel without being poisoned, a trait researchers say holds great promise in helping clean up the environment. Known as rinorea niccolifera, the plant can absorb up to parts per million of nickel in its leaves.
Weird and wonderful, plant DNA is challenging preconceptions about the evolution of life, including our own species. With 150 billion base pairs, Paris japonica boasts the largest known eukaryotic times the size of the human genome.
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Two major genetic studies of autism have newly implicated dozens of genes in the disorder. The research shows that rare mutations in these genes affect communication networks in the brain and compromise fundamental biological mechanisms.
How viruses wield tiny molecules of RNA to help them persist in our bodies for years, decades, and sometimes an entire life span