Scientists Use AI To Solve A Long-standing Genetics Mystery

For years, biologists have sought to understand how the genes of planarians, a group of free-living flatworms, direct growth in specific body parts. An artificial intelligence tasked with the problem appears to have cracked the code, a breakthrough that demonstrates the incredible potential for “robot science.” » 6/08/15 9:20am 6/08/15 9:20am

Did men create menopause by chasing after younger women?

From an evolutionary perspective, human menopause doesn’t make a lot of sense. Searching for an explantion for this somewhat uniquely human process, a group of Canadian researchers used computer models to show that menopause is an unintended outcome of natural selection — and men's sexual preferences might be to blame. » 6/13/13 2:20pm 6/13/13 2:20pm

Breakthrough: The First Complete Computer Model of a Living Organism

Scientists always say you can't understand something until you can create a model of it. This rule is the driving force behind the rise of computational biology, the effort to replicate the inner workings of a biological organism in software. Efforts to do this have been pretty limited and basic — until now. » 7/23/12 4:12pm 7/23/12 4:12pm

A drug that could make you grow sensory whiskers (and penis spines)

Only a few molecules separate you from having sensory whiskers and a penis spine. That's right - evolution has cheated you out of those whiskers that make your cat a super-sensor and the spines that, well, make your penis super-sensitive. A study published today in Nature reveals that human DNA still bears traces of… » 3/09/11 3:30pm 3/09/11 3:30pm