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Tropical species at great risk from climate change: study

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Polar bears have been described as the poster species highlighting the dangers of climate change, but U.S. scientists suggest species living in the tropics may be in graver danger.

New DNA Variants Found That Can Help To Pile On The Pounds

9 years ago from Science Daily

A study of 90,000 people has uncovered new genetic variants close to a gene called MC4R that influence fat mass, weight and risk of obesity. The variants act in addition...

PHOTOS: Lizards, Opossum, Among New Cerrado Species

9 years ago from National Geographic

A legless lizard, a "miniature dragon," and a "cryptic toad" are among 14 new species recently found in Brazil's shrinking grassland.

Drug-resistant Tuberculosis On The Increase In The UK

9 years ago from Science Daily

A changing population structure and ongoing migration have increased cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis, according to a study.

South Korea begins imports of biotech corn

9 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Major South Korean corn processors have begun importing genetically modified varieties of the crop because of shortages of conventional corn on the world market since China began...

Stem Cell Researchers Create Heart And Blood Cells From Reprogrammed Skin Cells

9 years ago from Science Daily

Stem cell researchers were able to grow functioning cardiac cells using mouse skin cells that had been reprogrammed into cells with the same unlimited properties as embryonic stem cells. The...

Stem Cells At Root Of Antlers' Branching

9 years ago from Science Daily

German researchers have found that deer antler growth and regeneration might be reduced to a stem cell-based process. Their results strongly support the view that the growth of primary antlers...

'Destruct' triggers may be jammed in tumor cells, UF geneticists say

9 years ago from Biology News Net

Tumor cells living in the cross hairs of radiation or chemotherapy may be able to escape death because their self-destruct mechanisms are jammed, say University of Florida scientists writing in...

Consistencies Found In Synaesthesia: Letter 'A' Is Red For Many; 'V' Is Purple

9 years ago from Science Daily

New research adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that commonalities do indeed exists across synesthaetes. In their own study of 70 synesthaetes, and a reanalysis of 19 more...

Zebrafish may help solve ringing in vets' ears

9 years ago from Physorg

Ernest Moore, an audiologist and cell biologist at Northwestern University, developed tinnitus -- a chronic ringing and whooshing sound in his ears -- twenty years ago after serving in the...

Gene therapy experiments improve vision in nearly blind

9 years ago from AP Science

NEW YORK (AP) -- Scientists for the first time have used gene therapy to dramatically improve sight in people with a rare form of blindness, a development experts called a...

Idaho lab develops a quicker way to catch a thief

9 years ago from AP Science

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- Federal researchers say they've developed a human identification test that's faster and possibly cheaper than DNA testing....

Biologists say dozens of grizzlies reside in Anchorage

9 years ago from AP Science

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A study by state biologists has found parts of Anchorage are much more popular among grizzly bears than they previously thought....

Stem cells: The 3-billion-dollar question

9 years ago from News @ Nature

Can a state do what a country cannot, and transform the way stem-cell research is funded? Erika Check Hayden reports on the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Food crisis spurs research spending

9 years ago from News @ Nature

Agricultural research comes in from the cold.

International consortium to initiate cancer research, share data

9 years ago from CBC: Health

An international cancer genome group was launched Tuesday, a collaborative effort on the part of nine countries to produce genomic data on different types of cancer.

Nunavut biologists pursue less intrusive wildlife monitoring

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Government biologists in Nunavut say they will explore new techniques for conducting scientific tests on wildlife such as polar bears, following concerns raised by Inuit that satellite collars, tags and...

Wildlife group complained years before ducks got stuck in Alta. oilsands waste

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A wildlife group says it predicted problems years before hundreds of migrating ducks were found dead and dying this week in a pond of toxic residue at a Syncrude oilsands...

Using Nanotech to Shut Down Troublesome Genes

9 years ago from PopSci

For years scientists have been touting a disease-fighting technique called RNA interference. The idea behind it is pretty simple: By piggybacking on the body's own system for silencing genes, researchers...

Albert Hofmann, Dead at 102

9 years ago from PopSci

Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist and discoverer of LSD died yesterday at the age of 102. Hofmann, who succumbed to a heart attack while at his home in Switzerland, first...

New Debate on Human Test of Stem Cells

9 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Regulators are debating the risks and benefits of research that implants stem cells in humans.

Dangerous Cattle Virus On U.S. Mainland?

9 years ago from CBSNews - Science

The Bush administration is likely to move its research on one of the most contagious animal diseases from an isolated island laboratory to the U.S. mainland near herds of livestock,...

Rare Giant Turtle Found In Vietnam

9 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Researchers from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo have discovered a rare giant turtle in northern Vietnam, giving scientists hope for the species they believed was extinct in the wild.

Mix-Up "Big Danger" In Sect's DNA Tests

9 years ago from CBSNews - Science

An expert says the sheer number of simultaneous samplings to be taken from the Texas polygamists complicates matters greatly. He spoke with Russ Mitchell on The Early Show.

Balding Penguin Finds Salvation In Wetsuit

9 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Biologists at the California Academy of Sciences had a wetsuit created for a blading African penguin to help him get back in the swim of things.

DNA Confirms Remains Of Czar's Children

9 years ago from CBSNews - Science

DNA tests performed by a U.S. laboratory have proved that bone fragments exhumed in the Ural Mountains belong to two children of Russia's last czar, ending a persistent mystery about...

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News

9 years ago from UPI

Buoy network protects endangered whales … Study finds new aspect of sickle cell … NASA's Polar satellite ends its mission … Lungs are illuminated for better diagnoses ... Health/Science news...

Science close to making plant biofactories

9 years ago from UPI

CAMPBELL, Australia, April 30 (UPI) -- Australian researchers say they are a step closer to turning plants into "biofactories" capable of producing oils to replace petrochemicals.