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February 20, 2019

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February 20, 2019

How to Block New Antibiotic Resistance Gene

Feb. 19, 2019 — A new antimicrobial-resistance gene, VCC-1, a beta-lactamase gene, has been discovered in benign close relatives of virulent Vibrio cholerae, which causes cholera. Now, a team of Canadian researchers ... read more

Plants Can Skip the Middlemen to Directly Recognize Disease-Causing Fungi

Feb. 19, 2019 — Scientists have revealed that direct physical associations between plant immune proteins and fungal molecules are widespread during attempted infection. The authors' findings run counter to ... read more

Using Crystals to Unpick How Viruses Work

Feb. 19, 2019 — Researchers have used X-ray crystallography and computer simulation to get a closer look at how viruses bind cells and cause ... read more

Birch Pollen Allergen Immunotherapy Normalizes Nasal Gene-Expression and Microbial Community

Feb. 19, 2019 — According to a new study, birch pollen allergen immunotherapy modifies the gene expression and microbiome profile of the nasal epithelium to correspond to those of healthy ... read more

New Study Looks at Ways to Cut Roadkill Numbers for Small and Medium-Sized Mammals

Feb. 15, 2019 — A study of a stretch of highway in Quebec looks at the effect of road fencing and underground passages on the number of roadkill deaths of small and medium-sized mammals. The study found that ... read more

'Seeing' Tails Help Sea Snakes Avoid Predators

Feb. 15, 2019 — New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from ... read more

Laminitis Research to Help Save Horses and Ponies

Feb. 15, 2019 — Laminitis -- a complex, common and often devastating disease -- is the second biggest killer of domestic horses. Now a body of important research on it has been ... read more

Feb. 15, 2019 — Researchers find that the ants of the acacia tree are tipped off to the presence of herbivores by vibrations that run throughout the trees when an animal gets too close or begins to chew. As a ... read more

Delays in Banning Wildlife Trade Put Hundreds of Species at Risk

Feb. 14, 2019 — From parrots to lizards, hundreds of animal species could be at risk of extinction because of a policy process that responds slowly to scientific knowledge, according to a new ... read more

Feb. 14, 2019 — Coinciding with the Pit Grave culture (4200-3600 years before our era), coming from Southern Europe, the Neolithic communities of the north-eastern Iberian Peninsula started a ceremonial activity ... read more

Hop to It: Researchers Evaluate Rabbits' Evolved Resistance to Myxoma Virus

Feb. 14, 2019 — Researchers have validated the role of specific rabbit genes in contributing to this acquired ... read more

Animal Venoms Are Sources in the Search for New Medicines

Feb. 14, 2019 — A new study of natural toxins and their derivatives may help in the development of medicines to treat diseases like cancer and ... read more

Feb. 14, 2019 — A research group has used a non-destructive methodology to determine the role of specific algae, lichens, mosses, cyanobacteria, etc. that may be causing exfoliation and delamination, which are ... read more

Feb. 14, 2019 — Most plant species on earth are reliant on insects for pollination, including more than 30% of the food crops we eat. With insects facing rapid global decline, it is crucial that scientists ... read more

Stress in Crops Points to Surprising Benefits

Feb. 14, 2019 — Stress is known as the 'killer disease' and in humans it can lead to an increased risk of terminal issues such as heart attack or stroke. But now research indicates that stress in the plant ... read more

Feb. 13, 2019 — Marine scientists have developed a methodology to assess fish stocks that combines new data with archeological and historical records - some dating back to the 8th Century ... read more

Feb. 13, 2019 — A new species in the family of Softshell Turtles is described from Northern Vietnam and China by a Hungarian-Vietnamese-German team of researchers. The newly discovered reptile has a distinctly ... read more

Feb. 12, 2019 — What makes us human, and where does this mysterious property of 'humanness' come from? Humans are genetically similar to chimpanzees and bonobos, yet there exist obvious behavioral and ... read more

Feb. 12, 2019 — A new species of puddle frog (order: Anura, family: Phynobatrachidae, genus: Phrynobatrachus), has just been discovered at the unexplored and isolated Bibita Mountain in southwestern Ethiopia. The ... read more

Infection Biology: What Makes Helicobacter So Adaptable?

Feb. 12, 2019 — The bacterial pathogen Helicobacter pylori owes its worldwide distribution to its genetic adaptability. Microbiologists have identified an enzyme that plays a vital role in the flexible control of ... read more

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