Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 13, 2015
Bycatch threatens marine mammals, but new protections hold promise for Mexican vaquita
Gillnetting around the world is ensnaring hundreds of thousands of small cetaceans every year, threatening several species of dolphins and porpoises with extinction, according to research presented at the Society of Marine Mammalogy's 21st biennial conference in San Francisco this week.

Millet: The missing link in prehistoric humans' transition from hunter-gatherer to farmer
New research shows a cereal familiar today as birdseed was carried across Eurasia by ancient shepherds and herders laying the foundation, in combination with the new crops they encountered, of 'multi-crop' agriculture and the rise of settled societies.

Cancer cell collaborators smooth the way for cancer cells to metastasize
At ASCB 2015, Vanderbilt researchers show how metastasizing tumors use non-cancerous fibroblasts to make a migration highway through surrounding extracellular matrix.
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