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New screening system for hepatitis C

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A newly designed system of identifying molecules for treating hepatitis C should enable scientists to discover novel and effective therapies for the dangerous and difficult-to-cure disease of the liver, says...

Mother bats expert at saving energy

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In order to regulate their body temperature as efficiently as possible, wild female bats switch between two strategies depending on both the ambient temperature and their reproductive status. During pregnancy...

New genome sequence will aid study of important food, fuel crops

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A global initiative that includes key scientists from Oregon State University has successfully sequenced the genome of the wild grass Brachypodium distachyon, which will serve as a model to speed...

Kenya moves zebras to feed marauding lions

8 years ago from MSNBC: Science

To try to feed hungry lions and prevent villagers from killing them for attacks on livestock,  the Kenya Wildlife Service is moving  4,000 zebras and 3,000 wildebeest to  Amboseli National...

Genetic basis for stuttering identified

8 years ago from News @ Nature

Mutations found in genes responsible for directing enzymes to their cellular destination.

Logging makes forests more flammable: study

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Commercial logging of moist native forests creates conditions that increase the severity and frequency of bushfires, an international study claims.

Cell-Off: Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Fall Short of Potential Found in Embryonic Version

8 years ago from Scientific American

The act of reprogramming cells to make them as capable as ones from embryos apparently can result in aberrant cells that age and die abnormally, suggesting there is...

Could Neanderthals live again?

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Researchers are closer than ever to having a first draft of a complete sequence of the genome of a Neanderthal woman who lived some 30,000 years ago, and...

Genes behind stammering uncovered

Stammering has long been recognised to run in families, but scientists now say they have identified three genes which may cause the problem in some people.

Frozen hair unlocks past

8 years ago from Science Alert

A single human hair has provided scientists with information about Native American migration thousands of years ago.

Nuclear pore complexes harbor new class of gene regulators

8 years ago from Science Daily

Nuclear pore complexes are best known as the communication channels that regulate the passage of all molecules to and from a cell's nucleus. Researchers, however, have shown that some of...

Video: Antibiotic-free Animals

8 years ago from CBSNews - Science

American farmers use more growth-promoting-antibiotics than any other place in the world. Katie Couric reports on a possible alternative in Denmark, which bans antibiotic use in livestock.

Restored Prairies Resist Non-Native Grasses

8 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Presence of non-native turfgrasses in restored prairies likely due to previous site cultivations rather than post-restoration invasions as reported in Crop Science.

Poplar Science: Producing More Biomass from Genetically Beefed-Up Trees

8 years ago from PopSci

While an all-biofuel economy is a nice notion, we often overlook the fact that biofuel sources, while renewable, are limited in their supplies just like fossil fuels. When you get down to...

Ancient Greenland gene map has a surprise

8 years ago from Reuters:Science

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have sequenced the DNA from four frozen hairs of a Greenlander who died 4,000 years ago in a study they say takes genetic technology into several...

Ancient Greenlander's Whole Genome Decoded

8 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Scientists Piece Together Detailed Facts About 4,000-Year-Old Man; Likely Faced Risk of Baldness

Semi-Finalists Named for Global Venture Challenge 2010

8 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Student teams from 22 universities have been selected to advance to the semi-final round of the 2010 Global Venture Challenge hosted March 25-26 by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge...

Selective brain damage modulates human spirituality, research reveals

8 years ago from Science Daily

New research provides fascinating insight into brain changes that might underlie alterations in spiritual and religious attitudes. The study explores the neural basis of spirituality by studying patients before and...

DNA secrets of the ice hair

8 years ago from News @ Nature

First ancient human genome sheds light on origins of Arctic people.

Surprising new branches on arthropod family tree

8 years ago from Science Daily

Any way you look at it -- by sheer weight, species diversity or population -- the hard-shelled, joint-legged creepy crawlies called arthropods dominate planet Earth. Because of their success and...

South African science: black, white and grey

8 years ago from News @ Nature

The release of Nelson Mandela sent optimism coursing through South Africa's research community. Twenty years on, Michael Cherry finds that it is still struggling to get on its feet.

Stop funding Mickey Mouse degrees, says top scientist

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

'Funding must be channelled into science courses and research, not degrees in celebrity journalism'A leading scientist has attacked the government for funding students doing "Mickey Mouse" degrees – and called for the money...

Kew gardens may be forced to close world's largest Victorian glasshouse

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Temperate House at Kew is in urgent need of restoration and in a few years could endanger public and staff, report warnsThe Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London may have to...

fMRIs reveal brain's handling of low-priority ideas

8 years ago from Physorg

When we put an idea on the back burner, it goes into a processing area of the brain called the default-mode network. This network enables us to hold the low-priority...

Are bees addicted to caffeine and nicotine?

8 years ago from Science Daily

Bees prefer nectar with small amounts of nicotine and caffeine over nectar that does not comprise these substances at all, a new study reveals. "This could be an evolutionary development...

Cone snails and spiders help neurobiologists investigate ion channels

8 years ago from Science Daily

Neurotoxins from cone snails and spiders help neurobiologists to investigate the function of ion channels in neurons. They have developed a system which for the first time allows the targeted,...

Still looking for that woodpecker

8 years ago from News @ Nature

An expensive recovery plan to save the ivory-billed woodpecker from extinction may come decades too late.

Lack of oxygen forced fishes' 1st breath

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A global drop in oxygen levels may have led ancient fish to leave the water and evolve into the first air-breathing animals.