Biology TWDK Biology doodle by Giles Meakin

Biology is the study of living things and how they grow, move, survive, evolve and reproduce. By studying humans, animals, plants and bacteria, biologists strive to improve our understanding of life itself. Biology has particularly close links and often overlaps with the fields of medicine and chemistry, and the research done by biologists saves and improves the lives of millions of people every day.

Biology is a very diverse discipline, with some biologists studying the smallest of organisms while others focus on entire ecosystems, and some even studying creatures from the past.

We've published 50 articles and 65 specialist blog posts about biology so far, featuring 632 unanswered biology questions! But we're not done yet as we still have another 230 biology research areas in our database to write about, so come back soon!

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Gaze Down Into the eye of Hurricane Ian, Seen From Orbit
4th October, 2022
NASA and NOAA satellites — as well as astronauts on the ISS — captured some stunning imagery of Hurricane Ian, as seen from orbit. Our lead image shows an eerie view of the hurricane’s eye on September 28. The Landsat 8 satellite passed directly over Ian’s eye as the storm approached southwest Florida. The natural-color … Continue reading "Gaze Down Into the eye of Hurricane…
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Swedish geneticist wins Nobel prize for Neanderthal research
3rd October, 2022
Svante Pääbo receives 2022 award in physiology or medicine for genome discoveries including Neanderthals
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Bitcoin’s beefy environmental costs are worse than those of gold or red meat production
30th September, 2022
It can be hard to notice the real-world impact of digital assets – but they can be immense.
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Mystery of Jupiter’s Metallic Oceans and Enormous Magnetic Field
29th September, 2022
Planets with oceans of metallic hydrogen generate magnetic fields and are better able to sustain gaseous atmospheres and harbor life.

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Thalidomide
In 1953, thalidomide was prescribed for morning sickness, but then over 10,000 babies were born with deformities.
Image credit: ©Boghog via Wikipedia Commons.
Proteins
Proteins are nature's robots, essential for growth, repair and catalysis, undergoing mysterious folding and holding the answers to evolution and the development of multiple diseases.
Image credit: Photo courtesy of sparrow via Pexels
Foetal and maternal sleep
Pregnancy is associated with more and poorer sleep and some women have bizarre and vivid dreams.
Image credit: ©Nuremberg Chronicle, by Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514) via Wikipedia Commons
Twins
Scientists are very interested in twins because it helps us identify the differences between genetic and environmental factors that influence health and behaviour.
Image credit: By Laitche via Wikipedia Commons.
Unusual pregnancies
From two wombs to signs of pregnancy without an actual pregnancy, reproduction can be weird, wonderful, and sometimes scary. So what are some of the weirdest pregnancies out there?

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The plant-eating shark
Thursday 31st of March 2022
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Why do Narwhals have tusks?
Friday 18th of February 2022
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The cannibal in the ocean
Thursday 13th of January 2022
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Moving moss
Sunday 7th of November 2021
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The smallest astronauts ever
Friday 30th of July 2021
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Stress inner ear
Wednesday 14th of July 2021
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TWDK magnifying glassBiochemistry is a broad area of chemistry covering the chemical processes involved in life itself.

TWDK magnifying glassBiomechanics applies the principles of physics and engineering to understanding biological systems.

TWDK magnifying glassBiomedicine looks at the underlying mechanisms of disease.

TWDK magnifying glassBiophysics uses the principles of physics to study life at every level, from atoms and molecules, to cells, organisms and environments.

TWDK magnifying glassCytology also known as cell biology, cytology is the study of cells - the building blocks of life.

TWDK magnifying glassDevelopmental Biology is the study of how organisms grow and develop, from how genes influence cells, to how organisms change throughout their lives.

TWDK magnifying glassEcology is the study of how organisms affect, and are affected by, their environment.

TWDK magnifying glassEvolutionary Biology looks at how plants and animals are affected by the process of evolution by natural selection.

TWDK magnifying glassGenetics is the study of genes - the stretches of DNA found in almost every creature which acts as the blueprint for their bodies.

TWDK magnifying glassMicrobiology is the study of the smallest, usually single-celled, organisms such as bacteria and viruses.

TWDK magnifying glassMolecular Biology looks at the structure of cells, and the systems within them at the molecular level, to understand how they work and interact.

TWDK magnifying glassNeuroscience is the study of the central nervous system, including the brain.

TWDK magnifying glassPalaeontology is the study of life which existed prior to the current "Holocene" geological epoch.

TWDK magnifying glassPhotobiology is the study of how cells and organisms change physically and chemically in response to non-ionising radiation.

TWDK magnifying glassPhysiology focuses on organisms at the system level. It aims to explain how these systems, which can range from a single cell to a whole organism, carry out their functions.

TWDK magnifying glassRadiobiology studies the effects of ionising radiation on living organisms.

TWDK magnifying glassZoology or animal biology, is the study of biology relating to the animal kingdom.

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