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Evolutionary history of imperiled salmon stocks

14 hours ago from Science Daily

New technologies for analyzing DNA may transform how imperiled species are considered and managed for conservation protection, according to a study. These technologies can be applied to a wide range...

Injecting manure instead of spreading on surface reduces estrogen loads

14 hours ago from Science Daily

With water quality in the Chesapeake Bay suffering from excess nutrients and fish populations in rivers such as the Susquehanna experiencing gender skewing and other reproductive abnormalities, understanding how to...

So much for willpower: Body fat, appetite controlled by brain protein NPGL

17 hours ago from Science Blog

Why must our brains betray us so? A newly-found brain protein called NPGL appears to increase our body’s fat storage, even when we’re doing our best to stay on a...

Science Says: DNA test results may not change health habits

18 hours ago from CBC: Health

If you learned your DNA made you more susceptible to getting a disease, wouldn't you work to stay healthy?

Secrets of stimulant abused in Middle East revealed

18 hours ago from C&EN

Vaccines help uncover how “pharmacoterrorism” drug fenethylline works in the body

First successful wild whale shark health assessments performed

19 hours ago from Physorg

For the first time ever, scientists successfully performed health assessments, including collecting blood and biological samples, taking measurements and attaching satellite tracking tags, to a population of wild whale sharks...

Are stem cells the link between bacteria and cancer?

20 hours ago from Science Daily

A new mechanism of stomach gland regeneration reveals impact of Helicobacter pylori infection.

How the genome sets its functional micro-architecture

20 hours ago from Science Daily

Scientists now show how DNA is organized into specific regions, and that this depends on a combination of genomic distance and the presence of the CTCF protein.

Llama jumps electric fence to protect ducks from bear

21 hours ago from UPI

Police in New Hampshire responded to a golf course to wrangle a llama that escaped from its nearby home to protect a family of ducks from a bear.

Evolution of a killer—researchers study traces deadly fungus affecting bats

21 hours ago from Physorg

A new study from U of T Mississauga is shining a light on genetic changes happening in the darkest of places – bat caves.

How to live with bears

22 hours ago from Physorg

Bears have been on Europeans' minds lately, as violent encounters with these powerful mammals make international headlines.

Florida researchers find baby loggerhead turtle with two heads

22 hours ago from UPI

Interns at the University of Central Florida's Turtle Lab snapped photos of an extremely unusual discovery: A baby loggerhead turtle with two heads.

Police struggle to detain station-invading snake in Texas

22 hours ago from UPI

A Texas police department said officers working the night shift were subjected to an additional struggle when a trespassing snake invaded their station.

When collecting bird sperm, method matters

23 hours ago from Physorg

Different methods of collecting bird sperm produce different sperm lengths, potentially affecting the conclusions of fertility studies.

'Twinkling' enzymes could light the way to better cancer drugs

1 day ago from Physorg

A new test to show the properties of biologically important enzymes could help to streamline development of new treatments.

Whales turn tail at ocean mining noise

1 day ago from Physorg

A new international study has measured the effect of loud sounds on migrating humpback whales as concern grows as oceans become noisier.

Stress in the nest can have lifelong effect

1 day ago from Science Daily

Why do some sparrows hatch six chicks while others don’t hatch any? How does upbringing affect the remainder of their lives? Physiological stress in the nest can actually affect birds’...

Toxic formaldehyde is produced inside our own cells, scientists discover

1 day ago from Science Daily

New research has revealed that some of the toxin formaldehyde in our bodies does not come from our environment -- it is a by-product of an essential reaction inside our...

Ecuador navy arrests Chinese crew for fishing 'thousands' of sharks in Galapagos

1 day ago from UPI

The Ecuadorian navy arrested a Chinese fishing crew for allegedly fishing thousands of sharks in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, an area where fishing is illegal.

Seattle Seahawks DE Frank Clark apologizes for punching teammate

1 day ago from UPI

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark said he apologized to teammate Germain Ifedi and to the team for punching Ifedi during a recent practice.

Evidence shows mosquitoes capable of carrying Zika virus may have colony in Ontario

1 day ago from CBC: Health

Two adult Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, were recently trapped in the area. The insects could have been transported by cross-border traffic or may have...

Freeze-dried dung gives clue to Asian elephant stress

Indian scientists say they can monitor the physiological health of elephants by analysing their dung.

Problems with DNA replication can cause epigenetic changes that may be inherited for several generations

1 day ago from Science Daily

Scientists reveal that a fault in the process that copies DNA during cell division can cause epigenetic changes that may be inherited for up-to five generations. They also identified the...

New non-native species emerges in Great Lakes after a mostly clean decade

1 day ago from Physorg

The stew of non-native species known to be swarming in the Great Lakes just got a little thicker.

Scientists Use Magnetic Fields to Remotely Stimulate Brain -- and Control Body Movements

1 day ago from Newswise - Scinews

Scientists have used magnetism to activate tiny groups of cells in the brain, inducing bodily movements that include running, rotating and losing control of the extremities -- an achievement that...

Modern Genetic Sequencing Tools Give Clearer Picture of How Corals Are Related

1 day ago from Newswise - Scinews

As corals face threats from warming oceans, a new study uses modern genetic-sequencing tools to help reveal the relationships between three similar-looking corals.

Using barcodes to trace cell development

1 day ago from Science Daily

There are various concepts about how blood cells develop. However, they are based almost exclusively on experiments that solely reflect snapshots. Scientists now present a novel technique that captures the...

Is it really Lyme? Researchers developing a new test to tell

1 day ago from AP Health

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or another disease can be difficult but scientists are developing a new way...