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How Cells Communicate To Activate The Cell Division Machinery

9 years ago from Science Daily

A study performed on the fruit fly unveils how distinct signaling pathways operate between neighboring cells in order to activate the cell proliferation machinery that results in the organized growth...

Fishermen suspected after 6 sea lions are killed in Oregon

9 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- There's "protected" on paper and there's "protected" on the river. Under a 1972 federal law, certain species of sea lion cannot be harmed. But the Columbia River...

Observatory: Scientists Finally See Sugar Chains in Action

9 years ago from NY Times Science

Scientists have reported that they have successfully imaged sugar chains known as glycans on cell surfaces in living zebrafish embryos.

Fungi to fight 'toxic war zones'

Scientists at a Scottish university show how fungi could be used to clean up areas that have been contaminated by uranium-armoured shells.

Fungus may boost ethanol production

9 years ago from UPI

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., May 6 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say a fungus responsible for deteriorating fabric in the South Pacific during World War II could boost ethanol production.

How Gene Transcription Is Controlled In Embroyonic Stem Cells

9 years ago from Science Daily

Association determines fate in embryonic stem cells, said Baylor College of Medicine researchers in a report that appears in the current issue of the journal Nature Cell Biology.

Leptospirosis bacterium survival studied

9 years ago from UPI

PARIS, May 5 (UPI) -- French scientists say they have discovered how the pathogen that causes leptospirosis survives in the environment.

Using "Robo" Critters To Study Real Ones

9 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Rocky the squirrel is among many robotic critters worldwide helping researchers observe animals in their natural environments rather than in labs. The research could let scientists better understand how animals...

Can Birds Tell If We Look Them in the Eye?

9 years ago from Live Science

Study shows that birds do respond to a human's gaze.

Corn bread-muffin mix is recalled

9 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of Little Bay- and GFCFDiet-brand bags of corn bread-muffin mix due to a labeling...

Gene for yield, height in rice identified

9 years ago from Reuters:Science

KABUL (Reuters) - Scientists in China have identified a single gene that appears to control rice yield, as well as its height and flowering time, taking what may be a...

ACE2 protein better understood

9 years ago from Science Alert

A study has discovered the role of the ACE2 protein in linking nutrition and blood pressure regulation, findings that could help explain the rare Hartnup disorder.

DNA Jigsaw Puzzle

9 years ago from Science Daily

A new mathematical and statistical method allows the virus population in a diseased organism to be determined quickly and economically. Using this method, medicines and vaccines against diseases caused by...

Not All Cells Respond The Same Way To Insulin

9 years ago from Science Daily

One of the characteristic features of the disease type 2 diabetes is the inability of cells of the body to respond to the hormone insulin, something known as insulin resistance....

Nitric Oxide Regulates Plants As Well As People

9 years ago from Science Daily

Nitric oxide has emerged as an important signaling molecule in plants as in mammals, including people. In studies of a tropical medicinal herb as a model plant, researchers have found...

Rare red ibis breed in wild in China

9 years ago from UPI

ZHUJIAZUI, China, May 4 (UPI) -- Three red ibis chicks have been born in the wild in China to artificially bred parents, marking a key point in the...

Getting Wise To Influenza Virus' Tricks: Imaging Of Influenza Virus Protein Opens Way To Design New Anti-viral Drugs

9 years ago from Science Daily

One of the tactics used by influenza virus to take over the machinery of infected cells has been laid bare by structural biologists. A new high-resolution image has been published...

Forgetful body keeps weight off

9 years ago from Science Alert

Your brain could remember your original size and work to get you back to it once you've lost weight, explaining the 'yo-yo' dieting effect, new research has found.

Is this the rice super-gene?

9 years ago from Physorg

Researchers in China have pinpointed an elusive gene that plays a linchpin role in determining the harvest potential of rice, according to a study released on Sunday by the journal...

Slow Down: Whale Crossing

9 years ago from Live Science

Smart buoys listen for whales and warn ships.

Scientists target £150m chewing gum menace with organic salt solution

9 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Researchers develop a solution of enzymes which can break up and dissolve blobs of gum

Humans: The Strangest Species

9 years ago from Live Science

This romp through the LiveScience archives reveals why we ...

Fish oil supplements help heart disease patients

9 years ago from LA Times - Health

But, doctors say, fish oil has no documented benefits for people without a cardiac problem. ...

Japanese Mushroom Leads To Breakthrough In Protein Research

9 years ago from Science Daily

Using an enzyme of the Japanese mushroom Grifola frondosa (Maitake or dancing mushroom), proteins can be identified without knowing the organism's genetic composition. This advance simplifies the study of proteins...

Lions, Hippos Poisoned in Famous Kenya Park

9 years ago from National Geographic

Several hippopotamuses and at least four lions in the Masai Mara National Reserve have died after ingesting a powerful insecticide, conservationists say.

A new idea for how anti-aging products delay ripening of fruit and wilting of flowers

9 years ago from Physorg

When plants encounter ethylene, a gas they also produce naturally as a hormone, the result is softening and ripening in the case of fruit, and wilting and fading in the...

Mothers And Offspring Can Share Cells Throughout Life

9 years ago from Science Daily

Cutting the umbilical cord doesn't necessarily sever the physical link between mother and child. Many cells pass back and forth between the mother and fetus during pregnancy and can be...