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Supracellular contraction at the rear of neural crest cell groups drives collective chemotaxis

3 days ago from Science NOW

Collective cell chemotaxis, the directed migration of cell groups along gradients of soluble chemical cues, underlies various developmental and pathological processes. We use neural crest cells, a migratory embryonic stem...

Matter: Researchers Explore a Cancer Paradox

3 days ago from NY Times Science

Healthy cells carry a surprising number of cancer-linked mutations, but they don’t turn into tumors. What’s holding them back?

New cell movement process key to understanding and repairing facial malformations

3 days ago from Physorg

The embryonic stem cells that form facial features, called neural crest cells, use an unexpected mechanism of moving from the back of the head to the front to populate the...

Working lands play a key role in protecting biodiversity

3 days ago from Physorg

With a body the size of a fist and wings that span more than a foot, the big brown bat must gorge on 6,000 to 8,000 bugs a night to...

New tool helps align investment with objectives in biodiversity conservation

3 days ago from Physorg

One of the balancing acts faced by conservation agencies is how to conserve and protect as many species as possible from extinction with limited funding and finite resources. In the...

Artificial intelligence crowdsources data to speed up drug discovery

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A new AI that judges whether drugs will interact with certain proteins can train on data from multiple sources while keeping that info secret.

New file type improves genomic data sharing while maintaining participant privacy

3 days ago from Science Daily

Based on an analysis of data leakages and opportunities to prevent the potential misuse of genetic information, researchers have developed a new file format for functional genomics data that enables...

Environmental associations with genes may yield opportunities for precision medicine

3 days ago from Science Daily

A new approach to genetic analysis finds associations between environmental factors and pharmacogenes -- genes associated with a person's response to drugs -- sparking ideas for new research at the...

First esophagus grown from stem cells transplanted into mice

3 days ago from UPI

Researchers for the first time have grown a functional esophagus from stem cells and transplanted the food pipe successfully in mice.

'NYPD Blue' sequel in the works at ABC

3 days ago from UPI

ABC is developing an "NYPD Blue" reboot centered on Andy Sipowicz's (Dennis Franz) son, Theo.

Warsaw taxis hold anti-Uber go slow

3 days ago from Physorg

Hundreds of taxis on Thursday drove at a snail's pace across the Polish capital Warsaw in protest at the ride-sharing app Uber and other unlicenced competitors.

'Malnourished' animals report prompts Albania zoo closure

3 days ago from Physorg

A report claiming lions and other animals were left malnourished at a private zoo in Albania has prompted Albanian authorities to order the zoo's temporary closure.

In photos: Moments from the MLB post-season

3 days ago from UPI

The top teams in baseball face off to play in the 2018 World Series.

Pathogens may evade immune response with metal-free enzyme required for DNA replication

3 days ago from Science Daily

A new study shows that some bacterial pathogens, including those that cause strep throat and pneumonia, are able to create the components necessary to replicate their DNA using a ribonucleotide...

Did eating starchy foods give humans an evolutionary advantage?

3 days ago from Science Blog

Found in saliva, the protein enzyme encoded by the AMY1 gene begins the digestive process by breaking down starch when you chew your food. In humans, the number of copies...

The big problem of small data: A new approach

3 days ago from Physorg

Big Data is all the rage today, but Small Data matters too! Drawing reliable conclusions from small datasets, like those from clinical trials for rare diseases or in studies of...

Look: Turtles up for adoption after Burger King seizure

3 days ago from UPI

Animal rescuers in Virginia are trying to find homes for 50 baby turtles seized from an attempted illegal seller in a Burger King parking lot.

Cowboys trying to break cycle with win at Redskins

3 days ago from UPI

The Dallas Cowboys head to the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon, setting up an unusually important game for one that falls so early on the schedule.

Flyers, Blue Jackets aim to find footing

3 days ago from UPI

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two teams trying to find their footing in the first month of the season meet Thursday night when the Philadelphia Flyers face the Columbus Blue Jackets at...

Video: How to catch fruit flies

3 days ago from Physorg

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar—or can you? In this video, Reactions explains the chemistry behind why fruit flies love vinegar so much that some entomologists...

Pathogens may evade immune response with metal-free enzyme required for DNA replication

3 days ago from Physorg

Some bacterial pathogens, including those that cause strep throat and pneumonia, are able to create the components necessary to replicate their DNA without the usually required metal ions. This process...

Electrical properties of dendrites help explain our brain’s unique computing power

3 days ago from MIT Research

Neurons in the human brain receive electrical signals from thousands of other cells, and long neural extensions called dendrites play a critical role in incorporating all of that information so the cells can...

Infection biology: Staying a step ahead of the game

3 days ago from Science Daily

Trypanosoma brucei, which causes sleeping sickness, evades the immune system by repeatedly altering the structure of its surface coat. Sequencing of its genome and studies of its 3D genome architecture...

Research gives new insight into the evolution of the nervous system

3 days ago from Physorg

Pioneering research has given a fascinating fresh insight into how animal nervous systems evolved from simple structures to become the complex network transmitting signals between different parts of the body.

Expanding the optogenetics toolkit

3 days ago from Physorg

Controlling individual brain cells using light-sensitive proteins has proven to be a powerful tool for probing the brain's complexities. As this branch of neuroscience has expanded, so has the demand...

Female chimpanzees know which males are most likely to kill their babies

3 days ago from Physorg

Research carried out by the University of Kent sheds light on the infanticidal behaviour of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and demonstrates that females are highly sensitive to the relative risks posed...

What Makes Human Brain Cells Unique?

3 days ago from Scientific American

New findings reveal distinctive electrical properties of human neurons that may give us a boost in computing power -- Read more on

Mice need a clutch to smell

3 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers identify shootin 1b as a clutch molecule that couples force and adhesion for the migration of neurons to the mouse olfactory bulb. The study provides new insights on how...