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December 15, 2018

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December 15, 2018

New Techniques Better Determine How Ancient Viral DNA Influences Human Genes

Dec. 13, 2018 — New laboratory techniques can identify which of our genes are influenced by DNA snippets that are left behind in our genetic code by ... read more

Biologists Shed New Light on an Old Question

Dec. 12, 2018 — For nearly 100 years biologists have argued about how exactly natural selection can possibly work. If nature selects the individuals with the best genes then why aren't all organisms the same? ... read more

Gut Microbiome May Affect Some Anti-Diabetes Drugs

Dec. 11, 2018 — Why do orally-administered drugs for diabetes work for some people but not others? According to researchers, bacteria that make up the gut microbiome may be the ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — Researchers have genetically transformed the Common Primrose (Primula vulgaris) for the first time in a development that could shed light on one of the plant world's most renowned reproductive ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — Chemistry professors used the Google algorithm PageRank to identify key amino acids in the regulation of a bacterial enzyme essential for most ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — Researchers have shed light on how catnip -- also known as catmint -- produces the chemical that sends cats into a state of wanton ... read more

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

Dec. 10, 2018 — The ammonia oxidizing archaea, or Thaumarchaeota, are amongst the most abundant marine microorganisms. Yet, we are still discovering which factors allow them to thrive in the ocean: A new publication ... read more

New Light on Blocking Shiga and Ricin Toxins -- And on an Iconic Biological Process

Dec. 10, 2018 — Researchers, setting their sights on Shiga toxin (player in the current E. coli outbreak from romaine lettuce) and ricin (a bioterrorism agent), have now identified potential protective strategies. ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — Researchers have developed a biotechnological tool to produce, in a very efficient manner, antifungal proteins in the leaves of the plant Nicotiana benthamiana. These proteins are promising ... 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

Dec. 7, 2018 — Spider silk belongs to the toughest fibers in nature and has astounding properties. Scientists have now discovered new molecular details of self-assembly of a spider silk fiber ... 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

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

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 — Researchers have identified a new strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague, in DNA extracted from 5,000-year-old human remains. Their analyses suggest that this strain is the ... 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

Dec. 5, 2018 — Young aphids may ride on the backs of adult aphids to get back to the safety of a host plant quicker, according to a new ... read more

Scientists Design Way to Track Steps of Cells' Development

Dec. 5, 2018 — Scientists have developed a new tool described as a 'flight data recorder' for developing cells, illuminating the paths cells take as they progress from one type to another. This cellular ... read more

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