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Researchers use bacteria to cure fungal infections

3 days ago from Physorg

Researchers in the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology's Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering have cured fungal infections using a soil-dwelling bacteria. The findings of the research led by Assistant Professor...

Microfluidic chip for analysis of single cells

3 days ago from Physorg

A few little cells that are different from the rest can have a big effect. For example, individual cancer cells may be resistant to a specific chemotherapy—causing a relapse in...

Super-resolution microscope reveals secrets of deadly Nipah virus

3 days ago from Science Blog

The deadly Nipah virus and others like it assemble themselves in a much more haphazard manner than previously thought, new UBC research has found. The discovery could allow scientists to...

Bioengineers borrow from electronics industry to get stem cells to shape up

3 days ago from Physorg

To understand how cells in the body behave, bioengineers create miniature models of the cells' environment in their lab. But recreating this niche environment is incredibly complex in a controlled...

Are our wild animals growing old gracefully?

3 days ago from Physorg

For most of us, the body's deterioration is an unavoidable part of getting older. This age-related decline, known as "senescence", can occur subtly and slowly for some individuals, while for...

Reds aim to keep Giants from making positive move

3 days ago from UPI

The San Francisco Giants, still hanging around in the National League West race, are coming off a meaningful series against a big rival that turned out very good. But not...

Scientists confirm theory of Darwin's moth

3 days ago from UPI

Scientists have confirmed Darwin's moth as a textbook example of the evolutionary phenomena known as industrial melanism.

Watch: Deer spotted on Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn

4 days ago from UPI

Witnesses at New York's Coney Island boardwalk said they were shocked to encounter a highly unusual tourist -- a deer that apparently swam to Brooklyn.

How do plants rest photosynthetic activity at night?

4 days ago from Physorg

Photosynthesis, the process by which plants generate food, is a powerful piece of molecular machinery that needs sunlight to run. The proteins involved in photosynthesis need to be 'on' when...

Tibetan sheep highly susceptible to human plague, originates from marmots

4 days ago from Science Daily

In the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, one of the region's highest risk areas for human plague, Himalayan marmots are the primary carriers of the infectious bacterium Y. pestis. Y. pestis infection can...

Low-Carb Diets Are Trendy, But a 'Medium-Carb' Diet May Be Best, Study Says

4 days ago from Live Science

Eating carbohydrates in moderation may be best for boosting longevity.

Scarlett Johansson named Forbes' highest-paid actress for 2018

4 days ago from UPI

Scarlett Johansson has topped Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid actresses for 2018, taking in $40.5 million in pretax earnings.

Animal rights groups protest dog meat consumption in Seoul

4 days ago from UPI

Animal rights groups held protests against dot meat consumption on Thursday in Seoul, along with a counter-protest staged by dog meat farmers.

Study confirms truth behind 'Darwin's moth'

4 days ago from Physorg

Scientists have revisited—and confirmed—one of the most famous textbook examples of evolution in action.

Ask Well: How Do You Die From Leukemia?

4 days ago from NY Times Health

Though survival rates have improved markedly, a variety of problems can cause death.

Fall armyworm infests Indian maize

4 days ago from SciDev

Indian authorities are moving to tackle an infestation of maize crops by the voracious fall armyworm moth pest.

Facts About Megalodon: The Long-Gone Shark

4 days ago from Live Science

Megalodon was the largest shark ever documented and one of the largest fish on record. It died out about 2.6 million years ago.

There is not one kind of 'good sperm' -- it depends on other qualities in the male, bird study shows

4 days ago from Science Daily

In a new study, researchers show that the same type of sperm is not always the best for all male birds. Depending on how attractive or dominant you are you...

Most Americans accept genetic engineering of animals that benefits human health

4 days ago from Science Daily

Americans' views of possible uses of genetic engineering in animals vary depending on the mechanism and intended purpose of the technology, particularly the extent to which it would bring health...

Genetic differences in trees untouched by mountain pine beetles

4 days ago from Science Daily

A researcher has discovered that mountain pine beetles may avoid certain trees within a population they normally would kill due to genetics in the trees.

How a 'jellyfish'-shaped structure relieves pressure in your cells

4 days ago from Science Daily

Scientists have solved the structure of a key protein that senses when our cells swell.

How do plants turn off photosynthetic activity at night?

4 days ago from Science Daily

Scientists have identified two proteins that allow plants to respond to changes in surrounding light conditions and thereby make photosynthesis more efficient.

Logging permit fraud threatens timber species in Brazilian Amazon

4 days ago from Science Daily

Timber harvested illegally under fraudulent permits is undercutting conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon, new research by an international collaboration shows.

Super-resolution microscope reveals secrets of deadly Nipah virus

4 days ago from Science Daily

The deadly Nipah virus and others like it assemble themselves in a much more haphazard manner than previously thought, new research has found. The discovery could allow scientists to develop...

Bird communities dwindle on New Mexico's Pajarito Plateau

4 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished over time while others had considerably...

New CRISPR technique skips over portions of genes that can cause disease

4 days ago from Science Daily

In a new study in cells, researchers have adapted CRISPR gene-editing technology to cause the cell's internal machinery to skip over a small portion of a gene when transcribing it...

Autism linked to egg cells' difficulty creating large proteins

4 days ago from Science Daily

New work reveals that the genetic factors underlying fragile X syndrome, and potentially from other autism-related disorders, stem from defects in the cell's ability to create unusually large protein structures....

Wheat gene map to help 'feed the world'

Researchers are set to develop higher yield wheat varieties requiring less water after making a gene map.