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New light on the mysterious origin of Bornean elephants
In a study published in Scientific Reports, a research team led by Lounes Chikhi from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC, Portugal) and CNRS, Universite Paul Sabatier (France), and Benoit Goossens, from Cardiff University (Wales), and Sabah Wildlife Department (Malaysia), found that elephants might have arrived on Borneo at a time of the last land bridge between the Sunda Islands in Southeast Asia. (2018-01-17)
Not just for Christmas: Study sheds new light on ancient human-turkey relationship
For the first time, research has uncovered the origins of the earliest domestic turkeys in ancient Mexico. (2018-01-17)
Release of ancient methane due to changing climate kept in check by ocean waters
Ocean sediments are a massive storehouse for the potent greenhouse gas methane. (2018-01-17)
Snapshot of DNA repair
Osaka University scientists, in collaboration with The University of Tokyo, describe the crystal structure of RNF168 bound to ubiquitin chains, a crucial interaction for DNA repair, to find a unique interaction. (2018-01-16)
Ancient DNA results end 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy mystery
Using 'next generation' DNA sequencing scientists have found that the famous 'Two Brothers' mummies of the Manchester Museum have different fathers so are, in fact, half-brothers. (2018-01-16)
Possible cause of early colonial-era Mexican epidemic identified
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Harvard University and the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History have used new methods in ancient DNA research to identify Salmonella enterica Paratyphi C, a pathogen that causes enteric fever, in the skeletons of victims of the 1545-1550 cocoliztli epidemic in Mexico, identifying a possible cause of this devastating colonial epidemic, as published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. (2018-01-15)
How incurable mitochondrial diseases strike previously unaffected families
Researchers have shown for the first time how children can inherit a severe -- potentially fatal -- mitochondrial disease from a healthy mother. (2018-01-15)
Species identification in the water bottle
Environmental DNA analysis makes it possible to detect water organisms without having to capture them first. (2018-01-12)
UC biologists peek into the past to see the future through tiny spider eyes
Biologists at UC look to the past for early genetic development of tiny spider and insect eyes to find potential for research into human visual challenges. (2018-01-11)
Ancient Phoenician DNA from Sardinia, Lebanon reflects settlement, integration, mobility
Ancient DNA from the Phoenician remains found in Sardinia and Lebanon could provide insight into the extent of integration with settled communities and human movement during this time period, according to a study published Jan. (2018-01-10)
Researchers chart dramatic decline in genetic diversity of Northwest salmon
Columbia River Chinook salmon have lost as much as two-thirds of their genetic diversity, Washington State University researchers have found. (2018-01-10)
Targeting breast cancer through precision medicine
University of Alberta researchers have discovered a mechanism that may make cancer cells more susceptible to treatment. (2018-01-09)
Discovering the creation era of ancient paintings at Mogao Grottoes, China
Mural paintings at Mogao Grottoes are a precious cultural heritage of mankind. (2018-01-09)
How bacteria turbocharged their motors
Using detailed 3-D images, researchers have shown how bacteria have evolved molecular motors of different powers to optimize their swimming. (2018-01-08)
Did ancient irrigation technology travel Silk Road?
Using satellite imaging and drone reconnaissance, archaeologists from Washington University in St. (2018-01-04)
New brainstem changes identified in Parkinson's disease
A pioneering study has found that patients with Parkinson's disease have more errors in the mitochondrial DNA within the brainstem, leading to increased cell death in that area. (2018-01-04)
DNA analysis of ancient mummy, thought to have smallpox, points to Hepatitis B instead
A team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of an ancient strain of the Hepatitis B virus (HBV), shedding new light on a pervasive, complex and deadly pathogen that today kills nearly one million people every year. (2018-01-04)
New data debunks alien megastructure theory on the 'most mysterious star in the universe'
A team of more than 100 researchers, led by LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professor Tabetha Boyajian, is one step closer to solving the mystery behind the'most mysterious star in the universe.' KIC 8462852, or 'Tabby's Star,' nicknamed after Boyajian, is otherwise an average star. (2018-01-03)
Direct genetic evidence of founding population reveals story of first Native Americans
Direct genetic evidence of the earliest Native Americans has been identified for the first time, enabling researchers to answer long-standing questions about how the Americas were first populated. (2018-01-03)
Research reveals evidence of new population of ancient Native Americans
Genetic analysis of ancient DNA from a 6-week-old infant found at an Interior Alaska archaeological site has revealed a previously unknown population of ancient people in North America. (2018-01-03)
Scientists explore mysteries behind diversity of DNA composition among species
DNA rules specify that G always pairs with C, and A with T. (2018-01-02)
Exploring environmental and technological effects on culture evolution at different spatial scales
The trajectory and dynamics of ancient social evolution in human history is a widely concerned issue. (2017-12-29)
Uncovering molecular targets for childhood cancer therapeutics
Neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common solid tumor found in children and is associated with poor prognosis; however, little is known regarding the molecular targets located in the long arm of chromosome 11 (11q). (2017-12-28)
Befriending oneself has benefits, but backup plan recommended
A self-replicating fish replicates only its own DNA, but researchers have found the mangrove killifish has a remarkable amount of genetic diversity across its species. (2017-12-26)
Prehistoric bling? Aesthetics crucial factor in development of earliest copper alloys
New study suggests golden hue crucial to development of world's earliest tin bronze artefacts. (2017-12-21)
Early disease diagnosis could be dramatically improved with new detection system
By attaching specialised molecules to the backbone of DNA, researchers have made it easier to detect rare molecules associated with early disease. (2017-12-20)
New measurements to guide radiation therapy
When ionizing radiation passes through living tissue, it interacts with molecules present in the cells, stripping away electrons and producing charged species known as ions. (2017-12-19)
Using DNA strands to design new polymer materials
McGill University researchers have chemically imprinted polymer particles with DNA strands -- a technique that could lead to new materials for applications ranging from biomedicine to the promising field of 'soft robotics.' (2017-12-19)
How fungi helped create life as we know it
Today our world is visually dominated by animals and plants, but this world would not have been possible without fungi, say University of Leeds scientists. (2017-12-18)
Viruses can transfer genes across the superkingdoms of life
A new finds that viruses can transfer genes to organisms that they aren't known to infect, suggesting they can influence and interact with a much wider range of organisms than previously thought. (2017-12-18)
Breakthrough study reveals new insight into 'immortal' plant cells
A new study has revealed an undiscovered reprogramming mechanism that allows plants to maintain fitness down the generations. (2017-12-18)
Discovery of ruins of ancient Turkic monument surrounded by 14 pillars with inscriptions
A joint excavation team from Osaka University and the Institute of History and Archaeology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences discovered the ruins of a unique monument surrounded by 14 large stone pillars with Turkic Runic inscriptions arranged in a square on the steppe called Dongoin shiree in eastern Mongolia during their three-year (2015 ~ 2017) joint excavation. (2017-12-18)
Our memory shifts into high gear when we think about raising our children, new study shows
Human memory has evolved so people better recall events encountered while they are thinking about raising their offspring, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2017-12-15)
Supercoiling pushes molecular handcuffs along chromatin fibers
As it squeezes down the chromatin fiber, the cohesin protein complex extrudes a growing loop of DNA -- a bit like the quick-lacing system of trail-running shoes. (2017-12-14)
'Knot' your average nanostructure: Single-stranded molecules that fold into big shapes
Helping to make creation of nano-sized structures more user-friendly, scientists have designed single-stranded DNA and RNA (ssDNA and ssRNA) that can fold into desired shapes on command, and at an unprecedented scale. (2017-12-14)
Spaghetti-like, DNA 'noodle origami' the new shape of things to come for nanotechnology
A team of Arizona State and Harvard scientists has invented a major new advance in DNA nanotechnology. (2017-12-14)
First-of-its-kind chemical oscillator offers new level of molecular control
UT researchers successfully constructed a first-of-its-kind chemical oscillator that uses DNA components. (2017-12-14)
Steroid study sheds light on long term side effects of medicines
Fresh insights into key hormones found in commonly prescribed medicines have been discovered, providing further understanding of the medicines' side effects. (2017-12-13)
Searching for the CRISPR swiss-army knife
Scientists at the University of Copenhagen, led by the Spanish Professor Guillermo Montoya, are investigating the molecular features of different molecular scissors of the CRISPR-Cas system to shed light on the so-called 'Swiss-army knives' of genome editing. (2017-12-12)
Important new aspects are revealed about the control of cell division
University of Seville researchers from the Andalusian Centre for Molecular Biology and Regenerative Medicine (Centro Andaluz de Biología Molecular y Medicina Regenerativa - Cabimer) have published a study on the fundamental role that the nucleus plays in the coordination of these processes (2017-12-12)
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