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Possible genetic link to obesity found

9 years ago from UPI

LONDON, May 5 (UPI) -- British and other scientists say they've discovered a gene sequence that is linked with weight gain and a tendency to develop type 2...

Step taken in fighting staph infections

9 years ago from UPI

IOWA CITY, Iowa, May 5 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have succeeded in killing established biofilms of Staphylococcus aureus by using one of the bacteria's own regulatory...

Woody and aquatic plants pose greatest invasive threat to China

9 years ago from Biology News Net

Although China currently has fewer invasive woody plants than the United States, China’s potential for invasion by nonnative trees and shrubs is high, according to an article in the May...

'Fishery Failure' Declared For West Coast Salmon Fishery

9 years ago from Science Daily

Officials declared a commercial fishery failure for the West Coast salmon fishery due to historically low salmon returns. Hundreds of thousands of fall Chinook salmon typically return to the Sacramento...

Bacteria Levels In Aircraft Shows Low Risk To Travelers, Study Shows

9 years ago from Science Daily

Popular wisdom says that aircraft provide the perfect environment for spreading disease, but few studies exist to confirm or deny this suspicion. Now, a team of researchers has measured concentrations...

Report: White House blocked whale rules

9 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- White House officials have blocked a rule that would protect North Atlantic right whales in shipping lanes, U.S. conservationists said.

Eight New Human Genome Projects Offer Large-scale Picture Of Genetic Difference

9 years ago from Science Daily

A nationwide consortium has completed the first sequence-based map of structural variations in the human genome, giving scientists an overall picture of the large-scale differences in DNA between individuals. The...

Scientist rediscovers rare plant unseen since 1985

9 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- A scientist with the Missouri Botanical Garden has rediscovered and identified a rare parasitic plant that hasn't been seen by botanists in more than 20 years.

An Unlikely Way to Save a Species: Serve It for Dinner

9 years ago from NY Times Science

Saving plants and animals that were once fairly commonplace in America and are now threatened or endangered often involves urging people to eat them.

Q & A: Pigeon Pedestrians

9 years ago from NY Times Science

Why do pigeons on our brownstone block in Brooklyn all stay in the street?

Observatory: Hope for Tiger Breeding

9 years ago from NY Times Science

Researchers report that perhaps 20 percent of captive tigers are purebred and retain genetic variations that are not found in the wild.

Essay: A Great Pox’s Greatest Feat: Staying Alive

9 years ago from NY Times Science

Research indicates that syphilis became less virulent over time, which probably helped it survive.

It's a unisex brain with specific signals that trigger 'male' behavior

9 years ago from Biology News Net

Research by Yale scientists shows that males and females have essentially unisex brains — at least in flies — according to a recent report in Cell designed to identify factors...

Bats Can Make Calls More Intense Than Rock Concerts

9 years ago from National Geographic

Though out of range of human hearing, the shattering screams of tropical bats on the hunt in Panama are the loudest calls ever recorded by an airborne animal.

Scientists find a quicker way to make antibodies

9 years ago from Reuters:Science

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A new process to extract and copy the essential elements of cells that make human antibodies has provided a shortcut to making targeted, infection-fighting proteins known as...

You Just Move Like A Mouse, Or Do So Abnormally Like A Mutant Mouse

9 years ago from Science Daily

A new holistic approach to assess model behavior has been proposed and evaluated by researchers at the University of Tokyo and Osaka Bioscience Institute. The lifestyle of the mouse has...

New Model For Embryonic Limb Development Revealed

9 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have found a new model to explain how signals between cells in the embryo control limb development. They discovered that secreted growth factors at the distal tip of the...

Common aquatic animals show extreme resistance to radiation

9 years ago from Harvard Science

Harvard scientists have found that a common class of freshwater invertebrate animals called bdelloid rotifers are extraordinarily resistant to ionizing radiation, surviving and continuing to reproduce after doses of gamma...

Newly discovered class of mouse retinal cells detect upward motion

9 years ago from Harvard Science

Harvard researchers have discovered a previously unknown type of retinal cell that plays an exclusive and unusual role in mice: detecting upward motion. The cells reflect their function in the physical arrangement...

Unusual Degradation Pathway For Ribosomes Discovered

9 years ago from Science Daily

Biochemists have discovered a new pathway by which the cell selectively degrades ribosomes. The pathway is called ribophagy and will probably mean new revisions for the textbooks. Ubiquitin makes it...

Stem Cells Found For The First Time In The Pituitary

9 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have for the first time identified stem cells that allow the pituitary glands of mice to grow even after birth. They found that, in contrast to most adult stem...

New Findings Challenge Conventional Ideas On Evolution Of Human Diet, Natural Selection

9 years ago from Science Daily

New findings suggest that the ancient human "cousin" known as the "Nutcracker Man" wasn't regularly eating anything like nuts after all. Researchers used a combination of microscopy and fractal analysis...

Biomarkers Identified For Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

9 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers report the first evidence of a distinctive protein signature that could help to transform the diagnosis and improve the monitoring of the devastating lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in...

Researchers Discover Molecular Basis Of A Form Of Muscular Dystrophy

9 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers report that people with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy are missing a protein called c-FLIP, which the body uses to prevent the loss of muscle tissue. By targeting the cellular and...

Why Does the Brain Need So Much Power? [News]

9 years ago from Scientific American

It is well established that the brain uses more energy than any other human organ, accounting for up to 20 percent of the body's total haul. Until now, most scientists...

Some light shed on blood sugar production

9 years ago from Physorg

A University of Alberta diabetes researcher has collaborated on a body of diabetes research that has unravelled the signalling pathway mystery that controls the production of blood sugar.

The Hunt for the Kill Switch

9 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

The Pentagon is trying to find out if chip makers are building electronic trapdoors in key military hardware.

Free Public Lecture at Scripps Explores an Evolutionary Experiment with Bacteria

9 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Rosenblatt lectureship by Richard Lenski to be held May 15.