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Category: Environment

A new study by Simon Fraser University marine ecologists Jessica Schultz, Ryan Cloutier and Isabelle Côté has discovered that a mass mortality of sea stars resulted in a domino effect on B.C.'s West Coast Howe Sound marine ecology.

Full articleJune 23, 2016 04:55 PM783 views
Category: Molecular & Cell Biology

A molecule that enables strong communication between our brain and muscles appears to also aid essential communication between our neurons, scientists report.

Full articleJune 23, 2016 04:55 PM725 views
Category: Biology

Male and female of the beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) in the so-called "mating wheel".
Traditionally, the evolutionary development of an insect species has been explained by the notion that the female insect chooses her male partner based on size and other factors, so-called assortative mating. These mating patterns have also been believed to partially explain how the isolation between different species is maintained.

Full articleJune 23, 2016 04:55 PM496 views
Category: Biotechnology

The new stem cell-containing bio ink allows 3D printing of living tissue, known as bio-printing.

Full articleJune 23, 2016 04:55 PM711 views
Category: Bioinformatics

CRG scientists of the Barcelona Metasub Team at the Global Sampling Day.
Barcelona takes part in the international research project Metasub, which aims to map the microbiome of public transit systems in 54 cities worldwide, including New York, Hong Kong, Paris or Sydney.

Full articleJune 21, 2016 03:52 PM968 views
Category: Microbiology

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have performed the first CRISPR/Cas9 screen to discover human proteins that Zika virus needs for replication. This work, led by Abraham Brass, MD, PhD, assistant professor in microbiology & physiological systems, reveals new leads that may be useful for halting Zika, dengue and other emerging viral infections. The study appears online in the journal Cell Reports.

Full articleJune 21, 2016 03:52 PM983 views
Category: Microbiology

Cold viruses cause us irritation by penetrating into our cells and transporting their RNA into the cytoplasma of the infected cells. This is the only way they can multiply. The details of how the transfer of the RNA from within the virus occurs are difficult to study. However, a new method has been developed at TU Wien that can be used to analyse this process. It was developed from the combination of two established procedures - 'molecular beacons' and capillary electrophoresis in chip format. The new method has now been published and the article's title adorns the cover of the scientific journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.

Full articleJune 20, 2016 05:52 PM1024 views
Category: Biotechnology

The system consists of two newly developed programs that automatically identify the 3-D positions of target areas based on the signals from the scintillators (shown as white dots), and determine...
"Clock genes" turn on and off, or "Express", in rhythmic patterns throughout the body to regulate physiological conditions and behaviour. When and how these genes express, especially in tissues outside the brain, is still poorly understood. Until now, scientists have lacked sufficient means to simultaneously monitor gene rhythms in specific tissues in freely moving subjects.

Full articleJune 20, 2016 05:52 PM908 views
Category: Biotechnology

Lychnopholide, a substance isolated from a Brazilian plant, and formulated as part of "nanocapsules" cured more than half of a group of mice that had been infected experimentally with Chagas disease parasites. "Chagas disease affects millions of people, mainly in poor rural areas of 21 Latin American countries," said Marta de Lana, PhD. The research is published in online ahead of print June 20 in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

Full articleJune 20, 2016 05:52 PM835 views
Category: Health & Medicine

When we smoke cigarettes, dozens of genes important for immune defense are altered in the epithelial cells that line the respiratory tract. Several of these changes likely increase the risk of bacterial infections, viruses, and inflammation. Now, UNC School of Medicine scientists report that vaping electronic cigarettes alters those same genes and hundreds more that are important for immune defense in the upper airway.

Full articleJune 20, 2016 05:52 PM1179 views
Category: Health & Medicine

The incidence of Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism increased significantly in 30 years from 1976 to 2005, Mayo Clinic researchers reported today in a study in JAMA Neurology. This trend was noted in particular for men age 70 and older. According to the researchers, this is the first study to suggest such an increasing trend.

Full articleJune 20, 2016 05:52 PM822 views
Category: Stem Cell Research

A new procedure developed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may revolutionize the culturing of adult stem cells. In their report that has been published online prior to its appearance in the August 6 issue of Cell Stem Cell, the team describes generating and expanding airway stem cells from the sorts of tissue samples collected during routine treatment of lung disorders. The overall approach appears applicable to several other tissue types, including skin and the linings of the gastrointestinal and reproductive tracts.

Full articleJune 16, 2016 04:49 PM1412 views
Category: Stem Cell Research

Bethesda, MD (June 16, 2016) -- Basic and translational research paves the way for breakthroughs that can ultimately change patient care. Three new studies from Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CMGH) -- AGA's basic and translational open-access journal -- provide a glimpse into future treatment strategies for stomach ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease and alcoholic liver disease. Please find summaries below. To speak with the journal authors, please email

Full articleJune 16, 2016 04:49 PM1375 views
Category: Microbiology

This ribbon diagram shows two views of the structure of the enzyme Tps2 as it removes a phosphate from a sugar molecule (yellow, orange and red).
DURHAM, N.C. -- Fungal infections can be devastating to human health, killing approximately 150 people every hour, resulting in over a million deaths every year, more than malaria and tuberculosis combined.

Full articleJune 15, 2016 05:37 PM1308 views

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