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June 11, 2010
Dr. George Stark receives 2011 Herbert Tabor/Journal of Biological Chemistry Lectureship from ASBMB
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has announced that George R.

Tracking the true tale of turkeys
The turkey dinner is a staple part of Christmas Day, but new research at the University of Leicester reveals that the history of the much loved poultry is in fact rather varied and unexpected.

Forest Trust helps UK firm import first-ever legal plywood from China
The Forest Trust announced today that a Chinese factory has for the first time produced plywood whose origins have been verified as 100 percent legal, the result of the nonprofit TFT's partnership with a United Kingdom wood products company and the willing cooperation of a Chinese plywood maker, a group of Chinese poplar farmers, and a Malaysian timber producer and forest concession owner.

Research alliance aims to help vulnerable communities cope with disaster
Leading Gulf Coast medical centers, universities and public health institutions from Miami to Houston have united to form a consortium to improve community disaster readiness and recovery through research programs targeting health disparities, disaster preparedness and environmental health.

OU researchers find way to prevent blindness in research model for retinitis pigmentosa
Researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have found a way to use a radical new type of gene therapy to prevent blindness caused by retinitis pigmentosa, giving hope to the estimated 100,000 Americans who suffer from this debilitating disease.

A high-resolution Asian monsoon record from 16.2 to 7.3 thousand years before present
The School of Geographical Sciences, Southwest University in Chongqing, China, has shown that the record of the Asian Summer Monsoon covers the last deglaciation and the early Holocene (from 16.2 to 7.3 ka BP), with an average oxygen isotope resolution of nine years.

New strain of bacteria discovered that could aid in oil spill, other environmental cleanup
Researchers have discovered a new strain of bacteria that can produce non-toxic, comparatively inexpensive

Climate change and agriculture: Food and farming in a changing climate
Of all the human activities impacted by climate change, agriculture will be most affected.

BioMed Central celebrates excellence in open-access publishing
The winners of BioMed Central's 4th Annual Research Awards were announced at London's Swiss Re Tower last night.

Genetics Society of America to host 2010 Yeast Genetics & Molecular Biology Meeting
The Genetics Society of America will be hosting the 2010 Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting, from July 27-Aug.

NASA's Aqua Satellite saw oil slick in sunglint on June 10
NASA's Aqua satellite flew over the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, June 10 at 19:05 UTC (3:05 p.m.

Reproductive health matters addresses issues related to cosmetic surgery, body image and sexuality
Elsevier announced today the publication of the May 2010 issue of Reproductive Health Matters, which brings to light polemic issues related to cosmetic surgery, body image and sexuality.

Peaceful Islam: Book by UH sociologist chronicles G├╝len Movement of Turkey
The damage wrought upon Muslims following the terror attacks of Sept.

Genetic modifier in Usher syndrome will lead to better diagnosis
Usher syndrome (USH), an inherited condition involving both hearing and vision loss, is not a simply recessively inherited disease.

University of Pennsylvania: Contrary to popular models, sugar is not burned by self-control tasks
Contradicting a popular model of self-control, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist says the data from a 2007 study argues against the idea that glucose is the resource used to manage self control and that humans rely on this energy source for will power.

Understanding genetic mixing through migration
Understanding the genetic ancestry of mixed populations, such as those found in North America, can not only help to detect their origins but also to understand the genetic basis of complex diseases.

How the wrong genes are repressed: New finding from UCL
The mechanism by which

Nurse educators changing the world highlighted in new book
The quiet actions of unsung heroes from the rainforest of Guatemala to the city streets of Harlem will be celebrated during the 2010 International Year of the Nurse in the new book,

Pumping up the heat for a climate-friendly future
Making ground-source heat a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels has long been a dream for countries that depend on energy imports and need to cut their CO2 emissions.

Answer to saliva mystery has practical impact
A study this week from researchers at Rice University, Purdue University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology answers fundamental scientific questions about bead formation in liquid polymers that could ultimately improve processes as diverse as ink-jet printing, nanomaterial fiber spinning and personalized drug dispensation.

Childhood obesity linked to neighborhood social and economic status
Children in King County, Washington, are more likely to be obese if they live in socially disadvantaged neighborhoods, according to research from Group Health Research Institute, Seattle Children's Research Institute, and the University of Washington that Social Science & Medicine e-published before printing.

Sense of smell holds the key to diagnosis and treatment in early stage Parkinson's disease
A fast, simple and noninvasive test of the ability to smell may be an important tool to screen people who are likely to develop Parkinson's disease, in which motor symptoms only become evident at a later stage of the disease.

Directly observed HIV treatment by patient-nominated treatment supporter improves survival
When applied to HIV care, the community-based model of directly observed therapy has no effect on virologic outcomes, but significantly improves patient survival.

Texas A&M veterinary researchers achieve cloning first
Researchers at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences have achieved another cloning first with the successful delivery of a foal using oocytes from a live mare, the first such clone in the world.

DZNE, MRC and CIHR cooperation: Milestone for research on neurodegenerative diseases
Representatives of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), the UK Medical Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research today signed a cooperation agreement that aims to establish and apply harmonized guidelines and technologies for research on neurodegenerative diseases.

Limiting blood flow interruption during kidney surgery avoids chronic kidney disease
Interrupting the blood flow for more than 20-25 minutes during kidney cancer surgery leads to a greater risk for patients developing chronic kidney disease, a Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic collaborative research team has found.

New microbial genetic system dissects biomass to biofuel conversion
A research team at the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center has developed a powerful new tool that promises to unlock the secrets of biomass degradation, a critical step in the development of cost-effective cellulosic biofuels.

DFG establishes 12 new research training groups
To further enhance the promotion of young researchers in Germany, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft as established 12 new research training groups.

Uninsured more likely to die from trauma than patients with insurance, study finds
Trauma patients without insurance are more likely to die of their injuries from auto accidents and gunshot wounds than privately insured patients with similar injuries, according to findings of an analysis of 193,804 patients from 649 facilities conducted by University at Buffalo emergency medicine physicians.

The past has a future for UH Professor Sarah Fishman
Interviews with the wives of French World War II prisoners by University of Houston history professor Sarah Fishman led to lifelong research on the roles of women, gender and family, and an opportunity to co-author a well-received new book,

Irish business leaders to be groomed in Singapore for leadership positions in Asia
Ireland's University College Cork has established the Farmleigh Fellowship Program with the support of the Nanyang Business School at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Size matters -- when it comes to DNA
A new study at the University of Leicester is examining a sequence of DNA -- known as telomeres -- that varies in length between individual.

NYU's Movshon receives Champalimaud Vision Award for work on how brain reconstructs images
J. Anthony Movshon, director of New York University's Center for Neural Science, has been named the recipient of the 2010 Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award for his work on how the brain reconstructs images, the Lisbon-based Champalimaud Foundation announced today. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to