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December 11, 2018

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December 11, 2018

Dec. 11, 2018 — Human norovirus is a major cause of infections that can be particularly dangerous to children and elderly people. Here, a research team found that human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived ... read more

The Fauna in the Antarctica Is Threatened by Pathogens Humans Spread in Polar Latitudes

Dec. 10, 2018 — The fauna in the Antarctica could be in danger due the pathogens humans spread in places and research stations in the southern ... read more

Invasive Species and Habitat Loss Our Biggest Biodiversity Threats

Dec. 10, 2018 — Invasive species and habitat loss are the biggest threats to Australian biodiversity, according to new research. Australia was rich in unique biodiversity, but has had a poor track record since ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — Seals feeding on fish does not decrease fish stocks of Baltic cod, herring and sprat the most -- climate change, nutrient load and fisheries do, shows a new ... read more

A Code for Reprogramming Immune Sentinels

Dec. 7, 2018 — For the first time, a research team has successfully reprogrammed mouse and human skin cells into immune cells called dendritic cells. The process is quick and effective, representing a pioneering ... read more

Bacterial 'Sleeper Cells' Evade Antibiotics and Weaken Defence Against Infection

Dec. 7, 2018 — New research unravels how so-called bacterial persister cells manipulate our immune cells, potentially opening new avenues to finding ways of clearing these bacterial cells from the body, and ... read more

Double the Stress Slows Down Evolution

Dec. 7, 2018 — Bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics more slowly if they also have to defend themselves against ... read more

Dec. 7, 2018 — The plant hormone jasmonic acid also performs a function that was previously unknown. It ensures that the leaf pores close when leaves are injured. For the plant, this could be an emergency ... read more

Damning Evidence of Dam's Impacts on Rainforest Birds

Dec. 7, 2018 — Conservation scientists have found that a dam built in Thailand 31 years ago has caused the local bird population to ... read more

Engineers Repurpose Wasp Venom as an Antibiotic Drug

Dec. 7, 2018 — Engineers have repurposed wasp venom as an antibiotic drug that's nontoxic to human ... read more

Small Molecules Come Into Focus

Dec. 5, 2018 — Many biologically important small molecules, like hormones and amino acids, are too small to be measured by conventional detection methods. Researchers have created a new type of immuno-assay that is ... read more

Dec. 7, 2018 — Nature is so complex that natural molecules used for i.e. cancer treatment still can't be produced by chemical synthesis. Today, major chemical and pharmaceutical companies harvest large amounts ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — Researchers spent two years testing chemical compounds for their ability to inhibit the malaria parasite at an earlier stage in its lifecycle than most current drugs, revealing a new set of chemical ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — Current treatment options for the parasitic disease leishmaniasis are largely ineffective, expensive, and tend to be plagued by resistant parasites and side effects. Now, researchers have showed that ... read more

What Can a Snowflake Teach Us About How Cancer Spreads in the Body?

Dec. 6, 2018 — What can seashells, lightning and the coastline of Britain teach us about new drugs for cancer? The answer, according to a team of researchers, may revolve around fractals, the infinitely complex ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — Asian geckos were observed running over water at nearly a meter per second, as fast as on land. Lab experiments show how. They get support from surface tension but also slap the water rapidly with ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — Parrots are famously talkative, and a blue-fronted Amazon parrot named Moises -- or at least its genome -- is telling scientists volumes about the longevity and highly developed cognitive abilities ... read more

Missing the Forest for the Trees: An Unexpected Picture of New York City Forests

Dec. 6, 2018 — An inventory of New York City's expansive yet overlooked 'forested natural areas' reveals that, contrary to previous reports, native species still comprise about 82 percent of the ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds like penguins and terns by competing for the same prey sources. Seabirds are now the most threatened bird ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — How much of a reef's ability to withstand stressful conditions is influenced by the type of symbiotic algae that the corals hosts? New work investigates how the nutrients algae share with their ... read more

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