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It takes a thief
The discovery by Berkeley Lab researchers of the structural basis by which bacteria are able to capture genetic information from viruses and other foreign invaders for use in their own immunological system holds promise for studying or correcting problems in human genomes.
Vibrations tell bees where mates are from
In choosing among potential suitors, red mason bee females pay attention to the specific way in which males of the species vibrate their bodies.
Researchers uncover a novel link between genetics and movement control
A small molecule in cells that was believed to have no impact on animal behavior could in fact be responsible for controlling precise movements, according to new University of Sussex research.
Many US physicians communicate with parents in ways that may discourage HPV vaccination
In a national sample, many pediatricians and primary care physicians reported communicating about HPV vaccination with parents in ways that likely discourage them from getting their children vaccinated.
New medication class may safely and effectively treat anemia
Hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase inhibitors (HIF-PHIs) create a low-oxygen state to stimulate the body to make more red blood cells.
FAU receives $620,000 NSF grant for STEM retention program
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM jobs are growing faster than any other US sector and available jobs in the field are set to increase 17 percent between 2014 and 2024, while non-STEM employment will grow just 12 percent.
Zebrafish study offers insights into nerve cell repair mechanisms
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have discovered that a hormone called serotonin -- better known for its role as a mood booster -- can help zebrafish to recover from a spinal cord injury.
Engineered infiltration systems for urban stormwater quality and quantity
The StormFilter-project, led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, generates clean technologies for urban stormwater management.
Subliminal effect of facial color on fearful faces
Toyohashi Tech researchers have found facial color affects early stage of subliminal processing of facial expression using ERPs, which provided the first neurophysiological evidence showing the effects of facial color on emotional expression perception.
NASA sees Tropical Storm Patricia's lopsided heavy rains along Mexican coast
NASA's GPM satellite saw that the western side of Tropical Storm Patricia was packing most of the storm's moderate and heavy rainfall when it passed overhead in space.
Alzheimer's disease: Plaques impair memory formation during sleep
Alzheimer's patients frequently suffer from sleep disorders, mostly even before they become forgetful.
CWRU biologists find keys to driving a cockroach
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have identified neurons in a cockroach's brain that control whether the insect walks slow or fast, turns right or left or downshifts to climb.
UK researchers will benefit from innovative open access agreement between Springer and Jisc
Starting today, researchers in the UK will be able to publish their articles open access in over 1,600 Springer hybrid journals without cost barriers or administrative barriers.
Physicists learn how to control the movement of electrons in a molecule
Practicing researchers from ETH Zurich and a group of theoretical physicists have just proved to be able to track and control the movement of electrons in molecules.
Astronomers peer inside stars, finding giant magnets
Caltech astronomers have for the first time probed the magnetic fields in the mysterious inner regions of stars.
Gene therapy treats all muscles in the body in muscular dystrophy dogs
Muscular dystrophy, which affects approximately 250,000 people in the US, occurs when damaged muscle tissue is replaced with fibrous, fatty or bony tissue and loses function.
New gene a key to fighting sepsis
Scientists have identified a gene that could potentially open the door for the development of new treatments of the lethal disease sepsis.
Language literacy in kindergarten important for success in learning English
English learners are more likely to become proficient English speakers if they enter kindergarten with a strong initial grasp of academic language literacy, either in their primary language or in English, a new analysis from Oregon State University has found.
Discovering the secret to success and innovation in commercializing biotechnology
Mitchell Finer, Ph.D., a scientist with expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology, who has had an integral role in the success of numerous biotechnology companies, including most recently as chief scientific officer of gene therapy innovator bluebird bio, shares insights on his experiences and what it takes to shepherd a biotech start-up to commercial success in an interview recently published in Human Gene Therapy.
How parasites take a bigger bite
A team of international scientists led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre uncovered an important mechanism behind Leishmania, a deadly parasitic disease transmitted by sandflies.
Middle schoolers may benefit academically from extracurricular activities
Activities outside the classroom -- especially community engagement and sports -- may help low-income, urban youth academically as they transition into middle school, according to a new study by NYU Steinhardt.
Allina Health study could save breast cancer patients time, money and side effects
The study was designed to determine the tumor and patient characteristics which predicted lower risk of breast cancer recurrence in women with invasive lobular carcinoma.
New UW model helps zero in on harmful genetic mutations
A new model and publicly available Web tool developed by University of Washington researchers can more accurately predict which genetic mutations significantly change how genes splice and warrant increased attention from disease researchers and drug developers.
A subpopulation of white blood cells guards against tumor lung metastasis
Previously, researchers knew these white blood cell scavengers played a beneficial role in counteracting inflammation in the context of atherosclerosis.
Louisiana Tech University professor receives national award for research
Dr. Prerna Dua, associate professor of health informatics and information management at Louisiana Tech University, has been honored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) with its 2015 Triumph Award for research.
Salk scientists discover protein factories hidden in human jumping genes
Researchers identify a new core element of primate jumping genes capable of producing previously unknown proteins.
SoAR Foundation launches Scientific Advisory Committee to strengthen agricultural research
The Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation today announce the formation of its Scientific Advisory Committee, an eight-member panel led by Vicki Chandler, PhD, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the Minerva Schools at KGI.
Babies' babbles reflect their own involvement in language development
University of Missouri research shows that babies' repetitive babbles, such as 'dada' or 'baba,' primarily are motivated by infants' ability to hear themselves.
Speedy evolution affects more than 1 species
The concept that biodiversity feeds upon itself is not uncommon in the world of evolution.
Cellular damage control system helps plants tough it out
Salk scientists uncover how plants thrive using a natural mechanism to recycle chloroplasts.
Drugs commonly used in kidney transplant patients not as effective as previously thought
Kidney transplants saves lives and dramatically improve quality of life, but transplant recipients often must take dozens of pills a day to keep their new kidney functioning and prevent complications.
NASA sees the 26th Northwestern Pacific Tropical Depression form
It has been a busy season in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, tropically speaking.
Solar Corridor Cropping System concept to be explored at symposium
A working model has successfully increased crop yields on half the land area in trials.
World-first QUT study links light exposure to weight gain in children
A world-first study by QUT's Sleep in Early Childhood Research Group has revealed pre-schoolers exposed to more light earlier in day tend to weigh more.
Robot's influent speaking just to get attention from you
Toyohashi Tech researchers have developed Talking-Ally, the novel robot that dynamically generate appropriate utterance and gestures based on the person's attention as indicated by his or her actions.
Deaths from chronic diseases now hitting poorest households hard in Bangladesh
The number of people in Bangladesh dying from chronic diseases, suggests new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Scientists discover ancient safety valve linking pollen to bacteria
New research shows that an ancient protein that protects bacteria from bursting also helps pollen survive the dangerous transition from desiccated to hydrated once it lands on the female flower.
NASA study shows that common coolants contribute to ozone depletion
A class of widely used chemical coolants known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) contributes to ozone depletion by a small but measurable amount, countering a decades-old assumption, according to a new NASA study.
Researcher finds key clues about 'betel nut' addiction that plagues millions worldwide
For hundreds of millions of people around the world, chewing betel nut produces a cheap, quick high but also raises the risk of addiction and oral cancer.
Monitoring critical blood levels in real time in the ICU
For patients in intensive care, knowing how much glucose, lactate and other substances are in the blood is a question of life or death.
Research points way to more bat-friendly roads and railways
Scientists behind new research into the effects of transport infrastructure on biodiversity have developed much-needed approaches to protect wildlife.
Deep-sea bacteria could help neutralize greenhouse gas, researchers find
A type of bacteria plucked from the bottom of the ocean could be put to work neutralizing large amounts of industrial carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere, a group of University of Florida researchers has found.
3-D map of the brain
The animal brain is so complex, it would take a supercomputer and vast amounts of data to create a detailed 3-D model of the billions of neurons that power it.
Family Medicine and Community Health journal examines cancer and primary care
Cancer and Primary Care is the theme of the new issue of Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH), http://fmch-journal.org/, an international peer reviewed medical journal with editorial offices in China and the US.
Highly religious Americans are less likely to see conflict between faith and science
Highly religious Americans are less likely than others to see conflict between faith and science.
C-section delivery does not decrease at-birth fracture rates in infants with rare bone disease
Cesarean delivery was not associated with decrease in the at-birth fracture rates in infants with osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare bone disorder, said a consortium of researchers led by Baylor College of Medicine.
Future Medicinal Chemistry themed issue highlights the growing role of academia in drug discovery
The themed issue, which consists of contributions from the conference speakers, offers a broad variety of content, from discussion on industry-academia alliances and novel drug discovery models to the latest research emerging from academia.
Plastic litter taints the sea surface, even in the Arctic
In a new study, researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, show for the first time that marine litter can even be found at the sea surface of Arctic waters.
GSA celebrates 200th anniversary of William 'Strata' Smith's groundbreaking map
2015 marks the bicentenary of the publication of William Smith's groundbreaking geologic map of England, Wales, and part of Scotland.
Some antibiotics work by stressing bacteria out (metabolically)
Learning how antibiotics actually work can help scientists and doctors use them more wisely -- an urgent need at a time of mounting resistance.
Study finds key molecular mechanism regulating plant translational activity
Plants can't get up and run away when they're being attacked, so they need mechanisms to rapidly respond to a stressful event and then quickly transition back to normal conditions when the stress level subsides.
Deeper calls, smaller balls
Across the animal kingdom, males hoot and holler to attract females and ward off competing suitors.
New study: What you didn't know about naked mole-rats
A mammal that has long been studied for its unusual social behavior is not inbred, as previously thought and is genetically more complex, a UVA study shows.
Bio-Rad's Droplet Digital™ PCR (ddPCR™) proves highly reproducible at identifying viral RNA mutations in clinical samples
Researchers show that droplet digital PCR is more sensitive, precise and reproducible at measuring viral RNA mutation rates in clinical samples than real-time PCR.
Magnetic hide and seek
Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics have developed a new technique to detect magnetic fields inside stars.
For howler monkeys, deeper roars mean less sperm
Howler monkeys are named for their impressive howling roars. Their vocal abilities are linked to long vocal folds and a hyoid bone uniquely adapted to resonate sound, making males seem bigger than they really are.
Common shoulder dislocation can heal just as well without surgery: Study
Acromio-clavicular joint dislocation is one of the most common shoulder injuries orthopedic surgeons treat.
Warwick signs cancer research partnership with China's Sun Yat-sen University
The University of Warwick and Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a research partnership in cancer diagnosis and specialist cancer care.
Spatial navigation abnormalities could hint at Alzheimer's years before onset
While navigating a virtual maze, young adults at high genetic risk of Alzheimer's disease demonstrated reduced functioning of brain cells involved in spatial navigation, causing them to navigate the maze differently than controls, a new study finds.
Protein helps plants avoid accumulation of damaged chloroplasts
The identification of a protein that selectively clears damaged chloroplasts from plant cells reveals how plants maintain a 'clean workshop' during the process of photosynthesis.
NASA gets clear look into Typhoon Champi's 36-nautical-mile-wide eye
When the eye of a tropical cyclone is 36 nautical miles (41.4 mile/ 66.7 km) wide, it's pretty easy to spot from NASA's Aqua satellite in orbit.
Joint Warwick study wins RCGP's Research Paper of the Year
Researchers from the University of Warwick have won a prestigious award for their work on diabetes.
A biomarker for premature death
A single blood test could reveal whether an otherwise healthy person is unusually likely to die of pneumonia or sepsis within the next 14 years.
Guiding a business to new heights through transformational thinking
Inspired by a new era in human and business relations, the book 'Transformational Sales' provides a unique perspective on the business transformation resulting from the collaboration between suppliers and their strategic customers.
New depression diagnosis and treatment
Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem suggest that some forms of depression may result from malfunctioning brain cells, termed 'microglia.' Urgent need to discover novel biological mechanisms and drug targets for diagnosing the root cause of depression and for treating depressed patients appropriately.
Collaborative research reveals a new view of cell division
Basic research into the mechanisms of cell division, using eggs and embryos from frogs and starfish, has led researchers to an unexpected discovery about how animal cells control the forces that shape themselves.
Fish farming gobbles up phosphorus
Fish farming is the largest source of phosphorus emissions in Norway, generating about 9,000 tonnes a year.
Interrupting the transmission cycle: A protein required for dengue virus infection of mosquitoes
An estimated 2 billion people are at risk for being bitten by Aedes mosquitoes and infected with the dengue virus (DENV).
Fear-based appeals effective at changing attitudes, behaviors after all
Fear-based appeals appear to be effective at influencing attitudes and behaviors, especially among women, according to a comprehensive review of over 50 years of research on the topic, published by the American Psychological Association.
OU research team selected to develop aeroecology national research training program
A research team from the University of Oklahoma has been awarded a $2.9 million National Science Foundation grant to develop an aeroecology training program that will be used as a model at OU and other universities to train graduate students from science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and other disciplines.
The power of 2 may help explain brain design
At its most basic level, the brain is about the power of two, says Medical College of Georgia neuroscientist Dr.
Resistance developing in drug treatment for tropical skin disease
Dermal leishmaniasis is an ulcerous skin disease caused by a tropical parasite, all forms of which can be treated with the drug miltefosine.
Simple test to detect diabetes risk after pregnancy
Gestational diabetes is one of the most common conditions that can occur during pregnancy.
Implant procedure helps patients with sacroiliac joint pain
A minimally invasive implant procedure is highly effective in reducing pain and disability for patients with sacroiliac joint dysfunction, reports a clinical trial in the November issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, published by Wolters Kluwer.
NIH-funded study reveals why malaria vaccine only partially protected children, infants
Using new, highly sensitive genomic sequencing technology, an international team of researchers has found new biological evidence to help explain why the malaria vaccine candidate RTS,S/AS01 (called RTS,S) provided only moderate protection among vaccinated children during clinical testing.
New hope for the treatment of multiple sclerosis
A new study led by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the MUHC, gets closer to identifying the mechanisms responsible for multiple sclerosis and makes headway in the search for better treatments.
Blocking differentiation is enough to give cells 'stemness'
A collaboration between the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Science and other institutions in Japan and Europe have found that in immune cells, simply blocking a transcription factor that leads to differentiation is sufficient to keep cells in a multipotent stem cell-like state where they can continue to proliferate and can later differentiate into various cell types.
New insights into REM sleep crack an enduring mystery
In a remarkable demonstration of a recent brain technology, neuroscientists have identified a neural circuit in the brain that regulates REM sleep, and showed that REM sleep controls the physiology of the other major sleep phase, called non-REM sleep.
Optical scanner shows potential for real-time 3-D breast cancer screening
Scientists have developed a hand-held optical scanner with the potential to offer breast cancer imaging in real time.
Reducing the sweetness to survive
Plants produce toxic compounds in order fend off herbivores. To make sure that the toxicity of these toxins will not harm the plants themselves, many plants add a sugar molecule to these substances.
Researchers identify potential new leukemia drug target
In some cases of acute myeloid leukemia, a mutant protein is known to cause dramatic changes in gene expression.
When queuing in a supermarket, who do you let go first?
Unlike cooperation among individuals that meet on a regular basis, one-shot interactions among strangers are not motivated by the prospect of receiving a favour in return.
Calls vs. balls: Monkeys with more impressive roars produce less sperm
Evolutionary 'trade-off' between size of throat and testes discovered in howler monkeys furthers Darwin's theory of sexual selection and corresponds to mating systems: males with larger throats often have exclusive access to females, while those with larger testes share mates.
Neurons that regulate sleep stages revealed
A new study pinpoints the neurons that kick the brain out of REM sleep mode.
Advocating for raising the smoking age to 21
Henry Ford Hospital pulmonologist Daniel Ouellette, M.D., who during his 31-year career in medicine has seen the harmful effects of smoking on his patients, advocates for raising the smoking age to 21.
Boston Medical Center receives $1 million grant to improve communication about HPV vaccine
Researchers at Boston Medical Center were awarded a three-year, $1.04 million grant from the American Cancer Society to expand an education-based pilot program to improve communication between pediatric physicians and their patients about the Human Papillomavirus vaccine.
Deep-sea bacteria could help neutralize greenhouse gas, researchers find
A type of bacteria plucked from the bottom of the ocean could be put to work neutralizing large amounts of industrial carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere, a group of University of Florida researchers has found.
For young patients with spina bifida, smartphone app improves self-management
A system incorporating a smartphone app may help adolescents and young adults with spina bifida to improve their daily self-management skills, suggests a paper in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists.
National contributions provide entry point for the low-carbon transformation
While the currently submitted national contributions to the new global climate agreement do not yet put the world on track to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius, they imply an unprecedented acceleration and consolidation of action against climate change in major economies around the world.
Plague infected humans much earlier than previously thought
Plague infections were common in humans 3,300 years earlier than the historical record suggests, reports a study published in Cell.
Study finds migration strategy predicts stopover ecology in shorebirds
According to the study published in Animal Migration, migration strategies reflect a complex interplay between time and condition -- key metrics that determine the success of a migration event.
Hubble spies Big Bang frontiers
Observations by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have taken advantage of gravitational lensing to reveal the largest sample of the faintest and earliest known galaxies in the Universe.
New study provides first field observations of rare Omura's whales
An international team of biologists has made the first-ever field observations of one of the least known species of whales in the world -- Omura's whales -- off the coast of Madagascar.
Racial differences in outcomes, costs of care in older men with prostate cancer
Older black men with localized prostate cancer were more likely to have poorer quality care, incur higher costs and have worse postoperative outcomes than white men but that did not translate to worse overall or cancer-specific survival, according to an article published online by JAMA Oncology.
Flying ants mate close to home and produce inbred offspring
Ant queens stay close to home in their hunt for a mate and as a result produce thousands of inbred offspring, a study led by a University of Exeter biologist has found.
NASA's RapidScat looks at Hurricane Olaf's winds
The RapidScat instrument aboard the International Space Station analyzed Hurricane Olaf's winds in the Central Pacific Ocean.
Turbulences on the rise
IST Austria professor Björn Hof and colleagues explain for the first time the rise of a fully turbulent flow.
Responsiveness essential for mental health care in Iran
The Iranian mental health system should pay more attention to responding to non-medical expectations of service users.
POSTECH scientists develop virtual K-pop dance teacher to make dance learning easier
Daijin Kim and his team at POSTECH, South Korea, have developed a virtual dance teacher that can make learning famous K-Pop dances easier at home by precisely tracking 3-D body joints.
Plague in humans 'twice as old' but didn't begin as flea-borne, ancient DNA reveals
New research dates plague back to the early Bronze Age, showing it had been endemic in humans across Eurasia for millennia prior to first recorded global outbreak, and that ancestral plague mutated into its bubonic, flea-borne form between the 2nd and 1st millennium BC.
Unhealthy pregnancy weight gain tips the scales for mothers 7 years later
For the first time, researchers studied the association between gestational weight gain and long-term weight retention among a multi-ethnic urban population.
Biologists unravel drug-resistance mechanism in tumor cells
MIT cancer biologists have discovered that Targeting the RNA-binding protein that promotes drug-resistance could lead to better cancer therapies.
Study finds thyroid function may be restored through patient-derived human cells
Investigators from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine have made a discovery that could one day restore thyroid function in patients with cancer whose thyroids have been surgically removed or in children born with congenital hypothyroidism.
New insights into REM sleep crack an enduring mystery
REM sleep -- the phase of mammalian sleep physiology where dreams occur -- has long fascinated us, but the identity of the neurons that control REM sleep, and its function in sleep have been mysterious.
New curriculum teaches patient-centric practices for 21st-century docs
Medical students at Penn State are now receiving training in health systems sciences and patient navigation, along with the traditional areas of medical education.
Evaporation for review -- and with it global warming
The process of evaporation, one of the most widespread on our planet, takes place differently than we once thought -- this has been shown by new computer simulations carried out at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
NASA takes lasercom a step forward
A NASA-developed laser communication (lasercom) system made headlines in 2013 when it demonstrated record-breaking data download and upload speeds to the moon.
Researchers transform slow emitters into fast light sources
Phosphors are efficient light emitters but they're not optimal for high-speed communications because they turn on and off slowly.
Music listening habits tell about mental health
Brain imaging reveals how neural responses to different types of music really affect the emotion regulation of persons.
The ties that bind: WPI researchers search for the hidden genetic code across species
When species as different as humans and yeast share common genetic elements, those snippets of DNA are likely to perform fundamental biological functions.
Avoiding neutrophil traps: How an invasive fungus defeats the mammalian immune response
Invasive aspergillosis is a serious disease of immune-compromised individuals and the most common invasive mold infection in humans.
Finnish 5G test networks join forces to boost private-sector competitiveness
Finland's 5G test networks are joining forces to provide companies with the world's best 5G test environment and ecosystem for research and business development.
Preeclampsia increases risk of heart defects in infants
Pregnant women with preeclampsia have a higher risk of delivering an infant with a congenital heart defect.
Cardiac muscle cells as good as progenitors for heart repair
Stem cell therapies for post-heart attack tissue repair have had modest success at best.
These social bees farm and eat fungus or die
Researchers have discovered that a social, stingless bee from Brazil feeds its larvae on a special type of fungus grown in the nest.
Is freshwater supply more dependent on good governance than geography?
Scientists have analysed 19 different characteristics critical to water supply management in 119 low per capita income countries and found that vulnerability is pervasive and commonly arises from relatively weak institutional controls.
Certain vulnerable groups are less likely to use e-health resources
Black race, lower neighborhood household income, older age, and Medicaid/Medicare insurance status were each linked with less use of an electronic health record portal by kidney disease patients.
Miriam Hospital gets $1.3 milion NIH grant to study weight loss predictors following bariatric surgery
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases -- part of the National Institutes of Health -- has awarded a $1.3 million research project grant to The Miriam Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to use advanced monitoring technology to examine behavioral, psychosocial and environmental predictors of weight loss following bariatric surgery.
Looking at the earliest galaxies
An international team of astronomers led by EPFL have discovered over 250 of the universe's earliest galaxies.
Probing the innards of stars
Studying starlight from red giants has provided insights into the makeup of a star's internal magnetic field -- a region that has been notoriously hard to study.
Creating a new market for Northeast forest products
A new three-year study funded by a $390,000 National Science Foundation grant to researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is expected to show that a strong new building material known as cross laminated timber (CLT) can incorporate currently underused wood species grown in the northeast United States, creating a market for local trees and opening jobs in rural communities.
Shining more light on solar panels
A better understanding of how light reflects off different surfaces has improved action movies, videogames and now solar panels.
Study combats 'anxiety' as barrier to breast cancer screening
A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology describes a successful intervention to decrease anxiety accompanying breast cancer screening, lessening this barrier to mammography.
Press registration is now open for the ACMG 2016 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting
The ACMG Meeting is the genetics meeting most focused on the practical applications of genetic discoveries into the clinical setting.
Link between champion horses and offspring careers revealed
If a foal has race-winning parents it is more likely to have a champion career, research into complex traits shows.
How a flying bat sees space
By training bats to fly around obstacles in a room, and sit patiently on a platform, a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team were able to interpret how the animals use echolocation -- a high-frequency sound navigation system that bats use to hunt -- to sense their environment.
Could a drug engineered from bananas fight many deadly viruses? New results show promise
A banana a day may not keep the doctor away, but a substance originally found in bananas and carefully edited by scientists could someday fight off a wide range of viruses, new research suggests.
Obstacle avoidance by echolocating bats: It might be simpler than it sounds
Echolocating bats can fly through complex environments in complete darkness.
Study uses gene editing to take brakes off lab-based red blood cell production
Turning off a single gene leads to a roughly three-to-five-fold gain in the yield of laboratory methods for producing red blood cells from stem cells, says a multi-institutional team led by researchers at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
'Sensor' protein could help fight against obesity and diabetes
Melbourne researchers have identified an internal 'sensor' that helps fight obesity by instructing cells to burn their fat stores.

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