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December 26, 2010
'Food of the gods' genome sequence could make finest chocolate better
The production of high quality chocolate, and the farmers who grow it, will benefit from the recent sequencing and assembly of the chocolate tree genome, according to an international team led by Claire Lanaud of CIRAD, France, with Mark Guiltinan of Penn State, and including scientists from 18 other institutions.

New clues uncover how 'starvation hormone' works, investigators at UT Southwestern report
New findings by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers may solve a 17-year-old mystery about how the so-called

UK researchers contribute to sequencing strawberry genome
A consortium of researchers working across five continents, including BBSRC-funded scientists in the UK, has published the genome of the wild strawberry.

Microfluidic device rapidly orients hundreds of embryos for high-throughput experiments
Researchers have developed a microfluidic device that automatically orients hundreds of fruit fly embryos to prepare them for research.

Structure deep within the brain may contribute to a rich, varied social life
Scientists have discovered that the amygdala, a small almond shaped structure deep within the temporal lobe, is important to a rich and varied social life among humans.

OSU helps decode strawberry genome in bid to improve fruit
Researchers at Oregon State University have helped sequence the genome of a wild strawberry, laying the groundwork for genetic improvements to related fruits like apples, peaches and pears.

Georgia Tech team helps decode newly sequenced strawberry genome
Georgia Tech Regents professor Mark Borodovsky led efforts in identifying protein-coding genes in the newly sequenced woodland strawberry genome.

Longevinex exerts greater influence over genes than resveratrol
In the world's first comparative microRNA analysis of a resveratrol-based nutriceutical, Longevinex exhibited a distinctive gene regulation pattern apart from plain resveratrol and protected the excised animal heart from damage caused by an experimentally-induced heart attack.
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