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Harvard study captures clear picture of how evolution works in vertebrates

3 hours ago from Harvard Science

What happens when you put together several tons of steel plates, hundreds of mice, and a few evolutionary and molecular biologists in a rural location? You get one of the most complete...

Engineered miniature kidneys come of age

3 hours ago from Harvard Science

With organs-in-a-dish a growing success story, research with organoids has increasingly proved its worth. Already, scientists can create organoids that have many of the cell types and complex architectures of human organs such...

How do tiny termites make such massive mounds?

3 hours ago from Harvard Science

Termite construction projects have no architects, engineers, or foremen, yet these centimeter-sized insects build complex, long-standing, meter-sized structures all over the world. How they do it has long puzzled scientists. Now, researchers from...

Harvard researchers isolate new age-related biomarker

3 hours ago from Harvard Science

A newly discovered ribosomal DNA (rDNA) clock can be used to accurately determine an individual’s chronological and biological age, according to research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  The ribosomal clock is...

Axon moves past role as a nerve cell’s foot soldier

3 hours ago from Harvard Science

As cells go, neurons are pretty weird. Most other cells come in spherical blob-like shapes with a central nucleus. Neurons come in a variety of wild and spiky forms, with branching projections sprouting...

Study examines how colibactin causes cancer

3 hours ago from Harvard Science

For more than a decade, scientists have worked to understand the connection between colibactin, a compound produced by certain strains of E. coli, and colorectal cancer, but have been hampered by their inability...

Lobster's underbelly is as tough as industrial rubber

8 hours ago from Science Daily

Flip a lobster on its back, and you'll see that the underside of its tail is split in segments connected by a translucent membrane that appears rather vulnerable when compared...

Plants can skip the middlemen to directly recognize disease-causing fungi

9 hours ago from Science Daily

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 current thinking and may have...

Dose of vitamin C helps gold nanowires grow

9 hours ago from Science Daily

Scientists discover a method to turn stubby gold nanorods into gold nanowires of impressive length. The metal wires could be valuable for sensing, diagnostic, imaging and therapeutic applications.

T-cell receptor diversity may be key to treatment of follicular lymphoma, study finds

9 hours ago from Science Daily

Healthy T-cells play a crucial role in how the body fights follicular lymphoma, according to a new study. T-cells are a key part of the immune system and protect the...

Antibiotic resistances spread faster than thought, aquaculture study reveals

9 hours ago from Science Daily

By studying fish raised in aquaculture, researchers have shed new light on the mechanisms by which antibiotic resistance genes are transferred between bacteria. According to their study, those mechanisms are...

Total synthesis of marine antitumor agents trabectedin and lurbinectedin

10 hours ago from Science Daily

With its vast numbers of different lifeforms, the sea is a largely unexplored source of natural products that could be starting points for new pharmaceuticals, such as the antitumor drugs...

Ocean acidification harms cod larvae more than previously thought

10 hours ago from Science Daily

The Atlantic cod is one of the most important commercial fish species in the world. Recent studies have shown that ocean acidification threatens the early life stages of this species....

Study examines how colibactin causes cancer

10 hours ago from Harvard Science

For more than a decade, scientists have worked to understand the connection between colibactin, a compound produced by certain strains of E. coli, and colorectal cancer, but have been hampered by their inability...

Altered brain activity patterns of Parkinson's captured in mice

11 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers pinpoint how brain activity changes in mouse models of Parkinson's disease, hinting at what may drive symptoms in humans.

Scientists create new map of brain's immune system

11 hours ago from Science Daily

A team of researchers under the direction of the Medical Center -- University of Freiburg has created an entirely new map of the brain's own immune system in humans and...

US airlines to offer non-binary gender options

12 hours ago from Physorg

US carriers will soon offer passengers additional options besides "male" and "female" when they buy tickets, an airlines trade association said Tuesday.

Engineers can detect ultra rare proteins in blood using a cellphone camera

13 hours ago from Physorg

One of the frontiers of medical diagnostics is the race for more sensitive blood tests. The ability to detect extremely rare proteins could make a life-saving difference for many conditions,...

New machine learning technique rapidly analyzes nanomedicines for cancer immunotherapy

13 hours ago from Physorg

Spherical nucleic acids are a class of personalized medicines for treating cancer and other diseasesSNAs are challenging to optimize because their structures can vary in many waysNorthwestern University team developed...

Watch: Alligator defeats python in Florida face-off

15 hours ago from UPI

A Florida man captured a reptile battle royal on camera when he came across a fight between an alligator and a python.

Study: High-carb, low-protein diets may extend lifespan

16 hours ago from UPI

Despite carbohydrate becoming a bad word to many in the fitness and diet communities, researchers say that a low-protein, high carbohydrate diet is linked to longer lifespan.

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16 hours ago from Harvard Science

For more than a decade, scientists have worked to understand the connection between colibactin, a compound produced by certain strains of E. coli, and colorectal cancer, but have been hampered by their inability...

‘Green Eggs and Ham’ cast includes Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Adam Devine

16 hours ago from UPI

Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton and Adam Devine are a part of the all-star voice cast set for Netflix's upcoming adaptation of "Green Eggs and Ham."

Angolan family stranded at South Korea airport for 54 days

16 hours ago from UPI

An Angolan family has been stranded at a South Korean airport for 54 days while being unable to apply for asylum.

CRISPR/Cas9 therapy can suppress aging, enhance health and extend life span in mice

16 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed a new gene therapy to help decelerate the aging process. The findings highlight a novel CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing therapy that can suppress the accelerated aging observed in mice...

Mutations common in brain tumors thwart radiation therapy

18 hours ago from C&EN

In mice, inhibiting DNA repair counteracts the mutations and makes the tumors more susceptible to treatment

Here's Why Great White Sharks Are Natural-Born Superheroes

18 hours ago from Live Science

What's the secret to being a badass great white shark? Millions of years of highly specialized genetic evolution.

Dose of vitamin C helps gold nanowires grow

19 hours ago from Physorg

A boost of vitamin C helped Rice University scientists turn small gold nanorods into fine gold nanowires.