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Gut bacteria make key amino acids dispensable, expanding food options for invasive flies

17 hours ago from Physorg

Fruit flies fed antibiotics to supress their gut microbiome are forced to avoid the best food patches if they lack vital amino acids, according to a study by Boaz Yuval...

Revising the textbook on introns

18 hours ago from MIT Research

A research team from Whitehead Institute has uncovered a surprising and previously unrecognized role for introns, the parts of genes that lack the instructions for making proteins and are typically cut away and...

How stem cells self-organize in the developing embryo

18 hours ago from Physorg

Embryonic development is a process of profound physical transformation, one that has challenged researchers for centuries. How do genes and molecules control forces and tissue stiffness to orchestrate the emergence...

Proteins use a lock and key system to bind to DNA

18 hours ago from Physorg

You can think of DNA as a string of letters—As, Cs, Ts, and Gs—that together spell out the information needed for the construction and function of cells. Each cell in...

Urbanization may hold key to tiger survival

18 hours ago from Science Daily

A new study says the future of tigers in Asia is linked the path of demographic transition -- for humans.

Rihanna sues father over use of Fenty name

18 hours ago from UPI

Rihanna is suing her father for falsely using the family name Fenty, which is also the name of the singer's beauty line.

Urbanization may hold key to tiger survival

19 hours ago from Physorg

A new WCS-led study published in the journal Biological Conservation says the future of tigers in Asia is linked the path of demographic transition—for humans. The study marks the first-of-its-kind...

Neurofeedback helps to control learning success

19 hours ago from Science Daily

Those who regulate their brain rhythm themselves can release capacities to learn new things.

Ocean giant gets a health check: Combination blood, tissue test reveals whale shark diets

20 hours ago from Science Daily

Whale sharks, the world's largest fish, likely endure periods of starvation and may eat more plants than previously thought, according to the first results of a new health check. Ocean...

Watch: Preds' Rocco Grimaldi gives Caps spin treatment on whipping goal

20 hours ago from UPI

Nashville Predators forward Rocco Grimaldi showed off a spinning snipe during a 7-2 thrashing of the Washington Capitals.

Seal spotted on beach after escape from dolphin park

20 hours ago from UPI

A fur seal that escaped from a dolphin park in Turkey has been spotted on the beach in a nearby neighborhood.

Differences among brain neurons that coincide with psychiatric conditions

21 hours ago from Science Daily

It's no surprise to scientists that variety is the very essence of biology, not just the seasoning, but most previous studies of key brain cells have found little variability in...

Risk tolerance in the genes

21 hours ago from Science Blog

An international group that includes researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine has identified 124 genetic variants associated with a person’s willingness to take risks, as reported...

Vampire bat venom could hold key to new medical treatments

21 hours ago from Science Blog

Vampire bats could hold the key to new treatments for a range of serious medical problems, but researchers have hit a snag accessing the specimens needed to advance their work....

Key West moves to ban sunscreens that could damage reefs

21 hours ago from Physorg

Officials in Key West took the initial steps toward banning the sale of sunscreens containing two ingredients that could be harmful to coral reefs.

Why is the ear so sensitive? Check out the mechanics

21 hours ago from Science Blog

The human ear, like those of other mammals, is so extraordinarily sensitive that it can detect sound-wave-induced vibrations of the eardrum that move by less than the width of an...

Cyanobacteria toxins protect tiny lake dwellers from parasites

21 hours ago from Science Blog

The cyanobacteria blooms that plague western Lake Erie each summer are both an unsightly nuisance and a potential public health hazard, producing liver toxins that can be harmful to humans...

Unraveling threads of bizarre hagfish’s explosive slime

21 hours ago from Science Blog

Hundreds of meters deep in the dark of the ocean, a shark glides toward what seems like a meal. It’s kind of ugly, eel-like and not particularly meaty, but still...

Ocean giant gets a health check: Combination blood, tissue test reveals whale shark diets

22 hours ago from Physorg

Whale sharks, the world's largest fish, likely endure periods of starvation and may eat more plants than previously thought, according to the first results of a new health check developed...

Mathematical model can improve our knowledge on cancer

22 hours ago from Physorg

Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, have developed a new mathematical tool to characterize what happens when cells lose their polarity (direction) in diseases such as cancer....

What's in a species? Biologist helps determine wolf taxonomy

22 hours ago from Physorg

It's right there in the name: The Endangered Species Act is meant to protect endangered species of animals.

Study shows no long-term removal of Neandertal DNA from Europeans

22 hours ago from Physorg

A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology has found evidence that suggests there has been no long-term removal of Neandertal DNA from modern Europeans. In...

How Candida albicans exploits lack of oxygen to cause disease

23 hours ago from Physorg

Scientists from Umeå university have shown that the yeast Candida albicans can modulate and adapt to low oxygen levels in different body niches to cause infection and to harm the...

Research advancing biological control of invasive plant species

23 hours ago from Physorg

Academics from Royal Holloway, University of London in collaboration with The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience (CABI) and the University of Reading are the first in Europe to study the...

A comprehensive metabolic map for production of bio-based chemicals

23 hours ago from Physorg

A KAIST research team completed a metabolic map that charts all available strategies and pathways of chemical reactions that lead to the production of various industrial bio-based chemicals.

Novel viral identification method developed

23 hours ago from Physorg

Currently, influenza typing in clinical practice is performed using an immunochromatography method based on antigen-antibody interaction. This method enables simple diagnosis of infectious diseases. However, it also has a problem...

Tanzania forest to be protected as a result of major scientific discoveries

23 hours ago from Physorg

The United Republic of Tanzania has announced it will protect a globally unique forest ecosystem in East Africa, following research that demonstrated it is under threat from illegal activities including...

Mechanism helps explain the ear's exquisite sensitivity

1 day ago from Physorg

The human ear, like those of other mammals, is so extraordinarily sensitive that it can detect sound-wave-induced vibrations of the eardrum that move by less than the width of an...