A group of scientists—past and present members of Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Unit of JNCASR—get vocal about a conceptual debate in evolutionary biology.
Behind the now-popular story of cockroach milk are ten years' of efforts by researchers to decode the structure of heterogeneous protein micro-crystals taken from the roaches' guts—a technologically difficult exercise that has never been done before.
A biosensor is an analytical device, which combines a bioreceptor - a biological recognition element - and a transducer. The bioreceptor can be organisms, tissues, cells, enzymes, antibodies, nucleic acids, etc and detects the target analyte while the transducer can be electrochemical, optical, thermal or mechanical in nature and converts the recognition event into a measurable signal. This is where the interaction between disciplines, like materials, electrical engineering and physics, … More
Anton van Leeuwenhoek, celebrated as "the father of microbiology", was originally a trader of drapes and linens. He became fascinated with lenses, which were commonly used as magnifying glasses to count threads, and soon mastered the art of lens making.
The diversity of organization, habitats and life styles of living organisms on this planet is enormous and as yet largely unfathomed. Compared to that, the multitude of model organisms commonly used across the globe present only a negligible diversity. Model organisms are essential for progress in Biology, but should "modern biologists" remain confined to those few model systems only?