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Category: Biotechnology

A team of scientists from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine.

Full articleNovember 24, 2014 04:47 PM704 views
Category: Biology


Stephanie Green studies lionfish in The Bahamas.
If you live in lionfish territory in the Atlantic Ocean, the last thing you want to be is a small fish with a long, skinny body, resting by yourself at night, near the bottom of the seafloor.

Full articleNovember 24, 2014 04:47 PM527 views
Category: Environment

Drawing on nearly five decades of experience, Professor Sir Ghillean Prance, one of the seminal scientific explorers of the Amazon rain forest in modern times, chronicles some of his most significant and fascinating expeditions in That Glorious Forest: Exploring the Plants and Their Indigenous Uses in Amazonia, now available from The New York Botanical Garden Press.

Full articleNovember 20, 2014 06:24 PM1120 views
Category: Biology


Electrical and computer engineering professor Barry Van Veen wears an electrode net used to monitor brain activity via EEG signals.
As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality.

Full articleNovember 20, 2014 06:24 PM1657 views
Category: Molecular & Cell Biology

Hox genes are master body-building genes that specify where an animal's head, tail and everything in between should go. There's even a special Hox gene program that directs the development of limbs and fins, including specific modifications such as the thumb in mice and humans. Now, San Francisco State University researchers show that this fin- and limb-building genetic program is also utilized during the development of other vertebrate features.

Full articleNovember 19, 2014 06:18 PM1498 views
Category: Microbiology

Microbiologists at NYU Langone Medical Center say they have what may be the first strong evidence that the natural presence of viruses in the gut -- or what they call the 'virome' -- plays a health-maintenance and infection-fighting role similar to that of the intestinal bacteria that dwell there and make up the "microbiome."

Full articleNovember 19, 2014 06:18 PM1699 views
Category: Bioinformatics

Looking across evolutionary time and the genomic landscapes of humans and mice, an international group of researchers has found powerful clues to why certain processes and systems in the mouse - such as the immune system, metabolism and stress response - are so different from those in people. Building on years of mouse and gene regulation studies, they have developed a resource that can help scientists better understand how similarities and differences between mice and humans are written in their genomes.

Full articleNovember 19, 2014 06:18 PM1317 views
Category: Molecular & Cell Biology

Although every person's DNA remains the same throughout their lives, scientists know that it functions differently at different ages.

Full articleNovember 18, 2014 07:02 PM2276 views
Category: Health & Medicine

Melbourne researchers have identified why some people with coeliac disease show an immune response after eating oats.

Full articleNovember 18, 2014 07:02 PM1594 views
Category: Health & Medicine

Organs can become significantly damaged during transplantation, but a new article published in the BJS (British Journal of Surgery) offers a protective strategy that could keep them safe and allow them to function optimally after the procedure.

Full articleNovember 17, 2014 05:48 PM2643 views
Category: Health & Medicine

Chronic myeloid leukemia develops when a gene mutates and causes an enzyme to become hyperactive, causing blood-forming stem cells in the bone marrow to grow rapidly into abnormal cells. The enzyme, Abl-kinase, is a member of the "kinase" family of enzymes, which serve as an "on" or "off" switch for many functions in our cells. In chronic myeloid leukemia, the hyperactive Abl-kinase is targeted with drugs that bind to a specific part of the enzyme and block it, aiming to ultimately kill the fast-growing cancer cell. However, treatments are often limited by the fact that the cancer cells can adapt to resist drugs. EPFL scientists have identified an alternative part of Abl-kinase on which drugs can bind and act with a reduced risk of drug resistance. Their work is published in Nature Communications.

Full articleNovember 17, 2014 05:48 PM1740 views
Category: Biotechnology


New techniques in electron microscope reveal new information about viruses, for example on the location of the variable V2 loop of HIV Env protein (red). This could give new insight...
UC Davis researchers are getting a new look at the workings of HIV and other viruses thanks to new techniques in electron microscopy developed on campus.

Full articleNovember 17, 2014 05:48 PM2179 views
Category: Health & Medicine

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time that a single-dose, needleless Ebola vaccine given to primates through their noses and lungs protected them against infection for at least 21 weeks. A vaccine that doesn't require an injection could help prevent passing along infections through unintentional pricks. They report the results of their study on macaques in the ACS journal Molecular Pharmaceutics.

Full articleNovember 12, 2014 05:48 PM3562 views
Category: Environment

WCS scientists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have discovered a new species of plant living in a remote rift valley escarpment that's supposed to be inside of a protected area. But an administrative mapping error puts the reserve's borders some 50 kilometers west of the actual location. Now the new species, along with 900 other plant varieties and 1,400 chimpanzees, are in limbo with no protection and threatened by cattle ranches and forest destruction.

Full articleNovember 11, 2014 06:17 PM2815 views

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