Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 28, 2008
Evolution of fruit size in tomato
In general, domesticated food plants have larger fruits, heads of grain, tubers, etc., because this is one of the characteristics that early hunter-gatherers chose when foraging for food.

Cancer 'cure' in mice to be tested in humans
Scientists at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are about to embark on a human trial to test whether a new cancer treatment will be as effective at eradicating cancer in humans as it has proven to be in mice.

Mate choice in plants
Understanding the molecular mechanisms of pollen recognition is important for designing novel plant breeding systems as well as ensuring safeguards against unwanted pollination by genetically modified crops.

Homosexual behavior due to genetics and environmental factors
Homosexual behavior is largely shaped by genetics and random environmental factors, according to findings from the world's largest study of twins.

OptiNose presents data on highly effective migraine treatment
OptiNose AS will present new Phase II data at the American Headache Society meeting in Boston on June 28.

Drought tolerance in potatoes
Scientists are studying these varieties to identify the genes and molecular mechanisms of drought tolerance in order to engineer new drought-resistant crops of potato, as well as other Solanaceous vegetables.

CATALIST project will reinforce peace, stability in great lakes region of central Africa
CATALIST will mobilize local resources to help farming communities increase agricultural production in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, western Tanzania and the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The 21st century tomato
The revolution in genomics, with a wealth of data emerging from sequencing and simultaneous expression analysis of thousands of genes, has made it possible to study the numerous pathways and regulatory networks -- systems -- that operate to produce a desirable fruit.
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