A species of flatworm has been discovered to be potentially immortal - raising hopes that the ageing process in humans could be combated.
A team of scientists at the University of Nottingham has been levitating fruit flies to investigate how biological organisms are affected by weightless conditions in space.
A colony of tiny worms originally dug up from a city garbage dump has survived a stint in space, in research aimed at helping discover how the human body might cope with a trip to another planet.
An international team of scientists has embarked on an ambitious research project to develop an in vivo biological cell that can be reprogrammed like a computer operating system.
Millions of microscopic worms are helping scientists overcome the threats posed by space travel to astronauts' health, and could also help prevent muscle degradation in the elderly.