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DNA methylation affects superiority of hybrid plants
Hybrid vigor refers to when a crossbreed plant or animal shows superior traits compared to its parents.
Research into extreme weather effects may explain recent butterfly decline
Increasingly frequent extreme weather events could threaten butterfly populations in the UK and could be the cause of recently reported butterfly population crashes, according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Advancing our understanding of how the disease lupus is prevented in healthy individuals
Researchers have identified a molecule called CD72 expressed on B cells that prevents these cells from mistaken activation by a self-antigen.
The more connected we feel to others, the more socially responsible we are
Those who feel a high degree of social connectedness feel their actions have a greater impact on others.
New MutChromSeq technique makes valuable genes easier to find
Scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich have applied an innovative technique to wheat and barley genomes that makes it easier to pinpoint specific genes that might be used in crop improvement programs.
Top-level football refs are better at spotting fouls because of enhanced visual perception
Top-level professional football referees have enhanced visual perception, which means that they are better at spotting foul play and issuing the correct disciplinary action than lower-level referees, according to new research published in the journal Cognitive Research.
Research finds enzymes essential for DNA repair
Scientists at The Australian National University and Heidelberg University in Germany have found an essential component in the DNA repair process which could open the door to the development of new cancer drugs.
UNIST unveils the genomic mechanism of African clawed frogs
A team of international researchers, affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has discovered how African clawed frogs got extra pair of genes.
Results of ILUMIEN III trial presented at TCT 2016 and published in The Lancet
Although percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is most commonly guided by angiography alone, results from a new study investigating adjunctive imaging modalities showed that the use of a novel optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based stent sizing strategy results in similar minimal stent area (MSA) compared to intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided PCI.
Two-year results from the LEADERS FREE trial presented at TCT 2016 and published in JACC
The two-year results from LEADERS FREE, the first randomized clinical trial dedicated to high bleeding risk patients treated with one month of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT), found that a polymer-free drug-coated stent (DCS) remained both significantly safer and more effective than the comparator bare-metal stent (BMS) used in the trial.
Most British scientists cited in study feel Richard Dawkins' work misrepresents science
A new Rice University study of British scientists reveals that a majority who mentioned Dawkins' work during research interviews reject his approach to public engagement and said his work misrepresents science and scientists.
Results from the BIO-RESORT trial presented at TCT 2016 and published in The Lancet
Results of a large-scale, multicenter study found that treatment with two thin-strut drug-eluting stents were both non-inferior to a durable polymer drug-eluting stent and showed favorable clinical outcomes at one year in treating an all-comers population with a high proportion of patients with acute coronary syndromes.
Results from the BIONICS trial reported at TCT 2016
The large multinational randomized BIONICS study found that a novel ridaforolimus-eluting stent (BioNIR) was non-inferior to a zotarolimus-eluting stent (Resolute) for one-year clinical outcomes in a broad, less selected 'more comers' population.

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