Why the Knotted Language of DNA Sounds Like Music

Knot theory hasn't been the only unexpected math to pop up during DNA research. Scientists have used Venn diagrams to study DNA, and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. The architecture of DNA shows traces of the "golden ratio" of length to width found in classical edifices like the Parthenon. Geometry enthusiasts… » 7/17/12 2:40pm 7/17/12 2:40pm

Sunburn Is Your RNA Crying Out in Pain

Sunburn is painful, dangerous and embarrassing. But despite knowing it's the body's protective immune response to high levels of ultraviolet radiation, scientists weren't exactly sure what the biological process behind it was. Turns out that it's your RNA screaming out in pain—a finding which could help sunburn and… » 7/09/12 11:20am 7/09/12 11:20am