Gene responsible for vision uncovered in Hydra

Ian Randall | 14 March 2010

Research on an ancient group of sea creatures has thrown light on the nature of human vision. Findings of the study of Hydra, by biologists at UC Santa Barbara, are published in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Opinions on Earth age and evolution related

Ian Randall | 11 March 2010

Students who recognise the Earth as being 4.5 billion years old are more likely to appreciate the concept of human evolution, research has revealed. The study by the University of Minnesota, published in this months’ issue of Evolution, could lead to the formation of a new approach to biology in US schools.

Silesaur find opens chance of dinosaurs evolving earlier

Ian Randall | 4 March 2010

A new dinosaur-like species has been uncovered from Triassic rocks in Africa – existing 10 million years before the earliest known dinosaur.

Virus evolution proves Red Queen Effect

Ian Randall | 28 February 2010

The Red Queen’s Hypothesis is valid, a team of researchers from the University of Liverpool have shown this week. The study, which is published in Nature, looked at the changing forms of bacteria-infecting viruses to study the effect that direct competition has on evolution.