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Trio of climbers at Banff National Park presumed dead in avalanche

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Three climbers are presumed dead after an avalanche at Banff National Park in Canada, officials said Thursday.

New eDNA technology used to quickly assess coral reefs

28 min ago from Science Daily

Scientists have developed a technique for measuring the amount of living coral on a reef by analyzing DNA in small samples of seawater.

BRB-seq: The quick and cheaper future of RNA sequencing

28 min ago from Science Daily

Bioengineers have developed a new method for Bulk RNA Sequencing that combines the multiplexing-driven cost-effectiveness of a single-cell RNA-seq workflow with the performance of a bulk RNA-seq procedure.

Switching quorum sensing on and off with light

1 hour ago from C&EN

Azobenzene-containing molecule could help turn off bacterial chatter and prevent biofilm formation

Miami Dolphins pick up fifth-year option on OT Laremy Tunsil

1 hour ago from UPI

The Miami Dolphins picked up the fifth-year option on offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, the team announced Thursday.

Antimicrobial paints have a blind spot

2 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers tested bacteria commonly found inside homes on samples of drywall coated with antimicrobial, synthetic latex paints. Within 24 hours, all bacteria died except for Bacillus timonensis, a spore-forming bacterium.

Bioengineers program cells as digital signal processors

2 hours ago from Science Daily

Synthetic biologists have added high-precision analog-to-digital signal processing to the genetic circuitry of living cells. The research dramatically expands the chemical, physical and environmental cues engineers can use to prompt...

Infection biology: Gut microbe helps thwart Salmonella

2 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers have identified a bacterial species in the gut microbiome of the mouse which protects against infection by human-pathogenic Salmonella.

Growing a cerebral tract in a microscale brain model

2 hours ago from Science Daily

An international research team modeled the growth of cerebral tracts. Using neurons derived from stem cells, they grew cortical-like spheroids. In a microdevice, the spheroids extended bundles of axons toward...

Oakland Athletics sign Khris Davis to two-year extension

3 hours ago from UPI

The Oakland Athletics have signed outfielder Khris Davis two-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2021 season.

Forecasting contagious ideas: 'Infectivity' models accurately predict tweet lifespan

3 hours ago from Science Daily

Estimating tweet infectivity from the first 50 retweets is the key to predicting whether a tweet will go viral, according to a new study.

Oakland A's agree to $33.5M extension with slugger Khris Davis

4 hours ago from UPI

The Oakland Athletics have signed slugger Khris Davis to a contract extension, keeping him with the franchise through the 2021 season.

Three-dimensional imaging identifies nutrient exchange in the human placenta

4 hours ago from Science Daily

New three-dimensional imaging of the human placenta has been developed to help understand the reasons for fetal growth restriction.

Read key excerpts from Robert Mueller's report

5 hours ago from UPI

Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his Russia investigation on Thursday.

Look: Chicago animal control officers catch loose monkey

5 hours ago from UPI

Animal control officers responding to an unusual call in Chicago ended up rescuing a monkey at an ambulance service garage.

Preliminary study suggests mercury not a risk in dog foods

5 hours ago from Physorg

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, recently investigated levels of methylmercury in a small sampling of commercial dog foods and found good news for dog owners. Of the 24...

Fish under threat release chemicals to warn others of danger

5 hours ago from Physorg

Fish warn each other about danger by releasing chemicals into the water as a signal, research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has found.

New variety of zebra chip disease threatens potato production in southwestern Oregon

5 hours ago from Physorg

Named after the dark stripes that form inside potatoes after they are cut and fried, zebra chip disease is a potentially devastating affliction that can result in yield losses up...

Life-threatening foot disease found in endangered huemul deer in Chile

5 hours ago from Science Daily

Scientists report the first cases of foot disease for endangered huemul deer in Chilean Patagonia. Culturally iconic, the huemul deer is featured alongside the condor on Chile's coat of arms...

Infamous 'death roll' almost universal among crocodile species

5 hours ago from Science Daily

The iconic 'death roll' of alligators and crocodiles may be more common among species than previously believed, according to a new study.

Preliminary study suggests mercury not a risk in dog foods

5 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers recently investigated levels of methylmercury in a small sampling of commercial dog foods and found good news for dog owners. Of the 24 diets tested, only three were positive...

Cytosine, but not adenine, base editors induce genome-wide off-target mutations in rice

5 hours ago from Science NOW

Cytosine and adenine base editors (CBEs and ABEs) are promising new tools for achieving the precise genetic changes required for disease treatment and trait improvement. However, genome-wide and unbiased analyses...

Cytosine base editor generates substantial off-target single-nucleotide variants in mouse embryos

5 hours ago from Science NOW

Genome editing holds promise for correcting pathogenic mutations. However, it is difficult to determine off-target effects of editing due to single-nucleotide polymorphism in individuals. Here we developed a method named...

Unbiased detection of CRISPR off-targets in vivo using DISCOVER-Seq

5 hours ago from Science NOW

CRISPR-Cas genome editing induces targeted DNA damage but can also affect off-target sites. Current off-target discovery methods work using purified DNA or specific cellular models but are incapable of direct...

These beetles have successfully freeloaded for 100 million years

5 hours ago from Science Daily

An ancient and rare beetle fossil is the oldest example of a social relationship between two animal species.

Flies smell through a Gore-Tex system

5 hours ago from Science Daily

Scientists have gained important insights into how the nanopores that allow the fruit fly to detect chemicals in the air, and has identified the gene responsible for their development.

Kentucky basketball adds top prospect in Bucknell Bison transfer Nate Sestina

6 hours ago from UPI

The Kentucky Wildcats have added a top prospect with Bucknell Bison graduate transfer Nate Sestina joining the program.

Fish under threat release chemicals to warn others of danger

6 hours ago from Science Daily

Fish warn each other about danger by releasing chemicals into the water as a signal, research has found.