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Sex evolved to help future generations fight infection, scientists show
Why does sex exist when organisms that clone themselves use less time and energy, and do not need a mate to produce offspring? Researchers at the University of Stirling aiming to answer this age-old question have discovered that sex can help the next generation resist infection. (2016-12-20)

Salamanders brave miles of threatening terrain for the right sex partner
Most salamanders are homebodies when it comes to mating. But some of the beasts hit the road, traversing miles of rugged terrain unfit for an amphibian in pursuit of a partner from a far-away wetland. (With video of salamander on a treadmill.) (2016-12-20)

Cow gene study shows why most clones fail
It has been 20 years since Dolly the sheep was successfully cloned, but cloning mammals remains a challenge. A new study by researchers from the US and France of gene expression in developing clones now shows why most cloned embryos likely fail. (2016-12-09)

David Julius to receive the 2017 HFSP Nakasone Award
The Human Frontier Science Program Organization has announced that the 2017 HFSP Nakasone Award has been awarded to David Julius of the University of California, San Francisco for his 'discovery of the molecular mechanism of thermal sensing in animals.' (2016-11-08)

Fake Tweets, real consequences for the election
The researchers analyzed 20 million election-related tweets created between Sept. 16 and Oct. 21. They found that robots, rather than people, produced 3.8 million tweets, or 19 percent. Social bots also accounted for 400,000 of the 2.8 million individual users, or nearly 15 percent of the population under study. (2016-11-04)

Precise quantum cloning: Possible pathway to secure communication
Physicists in Australia have cloned light at the quantum scale, opening the door to ultra-secure encrypted communications. 'We have produced near-perfect clones of light beams encoded with quantum information,' said lead researcher Professor Ping Koy Lam.'Our clones are higher quality than have ever been made before. We hope this technology could be used to extend the range of communication, and one day lead to impenetrable privacy between two communicating parties,' he said. (2016-10-26)

Scientists make embryos from non-egg cells
Scientists have shown for the first time that embryos can be made from non-egg cells, a discovery that challenges two centuries of received wisdom. (2016-09-13)

Refrigerator us warm?
A discovery made at RUDN University allows to substantially increase the production of high-quality planting material of horticultural crops. (2016-09-06)

UW engineers receive $2 million NSF EFRI grant for secure communications research
Two University of Washington professors will explore fundamentally secure communications that exploit the principles of quantum mechanics through a new four-year, $2 million Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation grant from the National Science Foundation. (2016-08-08)

PostDoc Project Plan invites collaborators to study how plant lice cope with variability
While Climate change steadily takes its toll, organisms fight it in various ways. Possibly, such is the case of plant lice, which evoked the curiosity of Jens Joschinski. He is interested in studying to what extent plant lice are affected by unpredictable and variable climate when switching their reproductive mode from asexual to sexual. Seeking collaborators and a host institute, he published his PostDoc Project Plan in the open access journal Research Ideas and Outcomes. (2016-06-20)

No males needed: All-female salamanders regrow tails 36 percent faster
The lady salamander that shuns male companionship may reap important benefits. For instance, when a predator snaps off her tail. New research from The Ohio State University compared an all-female population of mole salamanders to a related heterosexual species and found they grew their tails back 36 percent faster. The unisexual salamanders (part of the Ambystoma genus) contain DNA of up to five species and reproduce primarily by cloning themselves. (2016-05-02)

TSRI scientists: Immune cell transforms from 'Clark Kent' to 'Superman'
A new study led by scientists at the Scripps Research Institute reveals a previously unknown type of immune cell. The discovery opens new avenues in the effort to develop novel therapies for autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes. (2016-04-04)

Cloning of Northern Mexico cactus proves useful in conservation
In vitro clonal propagation based on axillary bud development was generated for Turbinicarpus valdezianus. Multiplication rates were recorded after testing the effects of five concentrations of 6-furfurylaminopurine (KIN) and three concentrations of ∝-napthalenacetic. Results showed that seedlings treated with KIN showed highest average shoot proliferation. The research proves an attractive method for the rescue of threatened wild populations of T. valdezianus. (2016-03-28)

Fungus that threatens chocolate forgoes sexual reproduction for cloning
A fungal disease that poses a serious threat to cacao plants -- the source of chocolate -- reproduces clonally, Purdue University researchers find. (2016-03-22)

By cloning mouse neurons, TSRI scientists find brain cells with 100+ unique mutations
Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute are the first to sequence the complete genomes of individual neurons and to produce live mice carrying neuronal genomes in all of their cells. Use of the technique revealed surprising insights into these cells' genomes. (2016-03-03)

Improved harvest for small farms thanks to naturally cloned crops
As hybrid plants provide a very high agricultural yield for only one generation, new hybrid seeds need to be produced and used every year. However, natural cloning via seeds might enable the efficiency of such plants to be passed on unchanged. For the first time in experiments, researchers from the University of Zurich have now demonstrated that this nearly 80-year-old idea actually works. This may open up fresh possibilities for both seed producers and small farms in the Third World. (2016-01-28)

FASEB 3rd International Conference on Retinoids
This SRC is the third international retinoid conference. With the discovery of the nuclear retinoid receptors, retinoic acid receptors (RARs) and retinoid X receptors (RXRs), the retinoid field has been implicated in new areas of scientific inquiry including metabolism, metabolic diseases, and neurobiology. (2016-01-22)

How anti-evolution bills evolve
An evolutionary biologist has analyzed political opposition to evolution and found it has evolved. Dr. Nick Matzke from the Australian National University analyzed the text in anti-evolution legislation using software for building genetic family trees. (2015-12-17)

Noise can't hide weak signals from this new receiver
Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego developed a receiver that can detect a weak, fast, randomly occurring signal. The study, published in the Dec. 11 issue of Science, lays the groundwork for a new class of highly sensitive communication receivers and scientific instruments that can extract faint, non-repetitive signals from noise. The advance has applications in secure communication, electronic warfare, signal intelligence, remote sensing, astronomy and spectroscopy. (2015-12-11)

'Performance cloning' techniques to boost computer chip memory systems design
Computer engineering researchers have developed software using two new techniques to help computer chip designers improve memory systems. The techniques rely on 'performance cloning,' which can assess the behavior of software without compromising privileged data or proprietary computer code. (2015-09-30)

Starfish that clone themselves live longer
Starfish that reproduce through cloning avoid ageing to a greater extent than those that propagate through sexual reproduction. This is shown by a new research study in which researchers from the University of Gothenburg participated. The study has recently been published in the highly respected journal Heredity. (2015-06-25)

NAS and NAM announce initiative on human gene editing
The National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine are launching a major initiative to guide decision making about controversial new research involving human gene editing. (2015-05-18)

Highly efficient CRISPR knock-in in mouse
CRISPR/Cas -- clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) -- system, which is based on chemically synthesized small RNAs and commercially available Cas9 enzyme, has enabled long gene-cassette knock-in in mice with highest efficiency ever reported. (2015-04-30)

Evolution puts checks on virgin births
A species that has learned to survive without males still needs them. (2015-04-17)

Scientists call for antibody 'bar code' system to follow Human Genome Project
More than 100 researchers from around the world have collaborated to craft a request that could fundamentally alter how the antibodies used in research are identified, a project potentially on the scale of the now-completed Human Genome Project. (2015-02-04)

Mapping the maize genome
Maize is one of the most important cereal crops in the world. The complete genome of maize has been sequenced, but its size and complexity presents a challenge to researchers seeking to identify specific genes responsible for traits. Positional cloning has been used successfully in smaller genomes; researchers have applied this mapping technique to the maize genome and have published their protocol -- the first detailed step-by-step protocol on positional cloning -- in Applications in Plant Sciences. (2015-01-20)

Sex and the single evening primrose
Sex or no sex? Using various species of the evening primrose as his model, Jesse Hollister, a former University of Toronto post-doctoral fellow, and his colleagues have demonstrated strong support for a theory that biologists have long promoted: Species that reproduce sexually, rather than asexually, are healthier over time, because they don't accumulate harmful mutations. (2015-01-12)

Scientist of the year award for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research
The School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London has been recognized with a national award for its world-class research in the development of novel therapies for rare diseases, such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. (2014-10-29)

Genetic diagnosis can rule out a suspected Huntington's chorea patient
Huntington's disease is an autosomal-dominant inherited neurodegenerative disease with a distinct phenotype, but the pathogenesis is unclear. (2014-05-05)

New research on potent HIV antibodies has opened up possibilities
The discovery of how a KwaZulu-Natal woman's body responded to her HIV infection by making potent antibodies (called broadly neutralizing antibodies, because they are able to kill multiple strains of HIV from across the world), was reported today by the CAPRISA consortium of AIDS researchers jointly with scientists from the United States. (2014-03-03)

WPI Professor Tanja Dominko Named Slovenian Ambassador of Science for 2013
Tanja Dominko, associate professor of biology and biotechnology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), is the 2013 Slovenian Ambassador of Science, a national award given to one Slovenian native each year in recognition of outstanding achievements and global scientific impact. The award also honors Dominko's international engagement in developing programs that bring together WPI students and faculty members with Slovenian colleagues to address important biomedical challenges. (2013-12-10)

LSU researcher shows possibility of cloning quantum information from the past
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Study finds PHS gene that prevents wheat from sprouting
Researchers have found and cloned a gene that prevents wheat from preharvest sprouting. The finding will to be most beneficial to white wheat production, which loses $1 billion annually. (2013-08-20)

Kenneth Bernstein, M.D., receives Distinguished Scientist designation from American Heart Association
Kenneth Bernstein, M.D., a Cedars-Sinai pathologist and scientific researcher known for expanding the understanding of a collection of proteins important in controlling blood pressure as well as heart and renal diseases, has been named a 2013 Distinguished Scientist by the American Heart Association. (2013-08-20)

Second door discovered in war against mosquito-borne diseases
In the global war against disease-carrying mosquitoes, scientists have long believed that a single molecular door was the key target for insecticide. This door, however, is closing, giving mosquitoes the upper hand. (2013-07-08)

When cloning mice, a little drop of blood'll do ya
Since Dolly the sheep in 1996, reproductive cloning has continued to advance; nearly 20 different mammalian species have now been cloned. Researchers at the RIKEN BioResource Center in Tsukuba, Japan, have developed a unique cloning procedure using peripheral blood cells, which may be collected repeatedly from a single animal and so facilitate preservation of infertile mouse strains. (2013-06-26)

OHSU research team successfully converts human skin cells into embryonic stem cells
Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University have successfully reprogrammed human skin cells to become embryonic stem cells capable of transforming into any other cell type in the body. It is believed that stem cell therapies hold the promise of replacing cells damaged through injury or illness. Diseases or conditions that might be treated through stem cell therapy include Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cardiac disease and spinal cord injuries. (2013-05-15)

2 UCLA faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences
UCLA professors Edward De Robertis and Ernest Wright have been elected by their peers to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. (2013-05-09)

Using induced pluripotent stem cells, scientists can better study human disease
Rudolf Jaenisch of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology will speak at EB 2013 on the topic of stem cells, pluripotency and nuclear reprogramming. His work has led to major advances in our understanding of embryonic stem cells and (2013-04-21)

Electronic zippers control DNA strands
A research team from NPL and the University of Edinburgh have invented a new way to zip and unzip DNA strands using electrochemistry. (2013-04-18)

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