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A radar for ADAR: Altered gene tracks RNA editing in neurons
RNA editing is a key step in gene expression. Scientists at Brown University report in Nature Methods that they have engineered a gene capable of visually displaying the activity of the key enzyme ADAR in living fruit flies. (2011-12-25)
Blood progenitor cells receive signals from niche cells and the daughter blood cells they create
Maintaining balance is crucial. In Drosophila, the common fruit fly, the creation and maintenance of the blood supply requires such balance. (2011-12-22)
Researchers describe a new genetic program that converts static cells into mobile invasive cells
Researchers at the IRB Barcelona have identified the gene GATA 6 as responsible for epithelial cells -which group together and are static- losing adhesion and moving towards a new site. (2011-12-15)
Gene discovery explains how fruitflies retreat from heat
A discovery in fruit flies may be able to tell us more about how animals, including humans, sense potentially dangerous discomforts. (2011-12-15)
An unmanned aerial vehicle that uses wind power like a bird -- pure genius
Queensland University of Technology Ph.D. student Wesam Al Sabban is a genius and has the medal to prove it! (2011-12-13)
Wheat can't stop Hessian flies, so scientists find reinforcements
Wheat's genetic resistance to Hessian flies has been failing, but a group of Purdue University and US Department of Agriculture scientists believe that other plants may soon be able to come to the rescue. (2011-12-12)
Oxidative stress: Less harmful than suspected?
Oxidative stress is considered to be involved in a multitude of pathogenic processes and is also implicated in the process of aging. (2011-12-05)
New research on body parts' sensitivity to environmental changes
Research by a team of Michigan State University scientists has shed new light on why some body parts are more sensitive to environmental change than others, work that could someday lead to better ways of treating a variety of diseases, including type 2 diabetes. (2011-11-21)
The buzz around beer
Ever wondered why flies are attracted to beer? Entomologists at UC Riverside have, and offer an explanation. (2011-11-17)
How the fly flies
Max Planck scientists discover gene switch responsible for flight muscle formation. (2011-11-17)
Einstein researchers discover key to cell specialization
Researchers at then Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have uncovered a mechanism that governs how cells become specialized during development. (2011-11-10)
A new role is hatched for female fruit flies
A team of New York University biologists has uncovered a previously unknown role for a set of cells within the female reproductive tract of fruit flies that affects the functioning of sperm and hence fertility. (2011-11-08)
UCLA biologists slow the aging process in fruit flies
UCLA biologists have identified a gene that slows the aging process. (2011-11-08)
Fruit fly intestine may hold secret to the fountain of youth
One of the few reliable ways to extend an organism's lifespan, be it a fruit fly or a mouse, is to restrict calorie intake. (2011-11-02)
Landsat's TIRS instrument comes out of first round of thermal vacuum testing
The Thermal Infrared Sensor that will fly on the next Landsat satellite came out of its first round of thermal vacuum testing Tuesday, Oct. (2011-11-01)
Digging up clues: Research on buried blow flies to help crime scene investigators
When investigating a murder, every clue helps. New research from North Carolina State University sheds light on how -- and whether -- blow flies survive when buried underground during their development. (2011-11-01)
Nerve protein linked to learning and memory
University of Illinois at Chicago biology professors Janet Richmond and David Featherstone found the protein tomosyn plays an important role in regulating neurotransmitter between synapses, and consequently plays a role in longer-term memory and learning. (2011-10-31)
The Lutetia asteroid - a prehistoric relic
New information has been published about the Lutetia asteroid that was observed in 2010 and its properties. (2011-10-28)
Researchers build largest protein interaction map to date
Researchers have built a map that shows how thousands of proteins in a fruit fly cell communicate with each other. (2011-10-27)
Intestinal stem cells respond to food by supersizing the gut
Many organs, from muscles and intestines to the liver, change size during adulthood. (2011-10-27)
Regulatory process for organ scaling discovered
A new study has shed light on the process by which fruit flies develop with their body proportions remaining constant. (2011-10-25)
University of Iowa, NYU biologists describe key mechanism in early embryo development
New York University and University of Iowa biologists have identified a key mechanism controlling early embryonic development that is critical in determining how structures such as appendages -- arms and legs in humans -- grow in the right place and at the right time. (2011-10-20)
Muscling toward a longer life: Genetic aging pathway identified in flies
Researchers have identified a set of genes that act in muscles to modulate aging and resistance to stress in fruit flies. (2011-10-17)
NYU biologists use Sinatra-named fly to show how to see the blues -- and the greens
NYU biologists have identified a new mechanism for regulating color vision by studying a mutant fly named after Frank ('Ol Blue Eyes) Sinatra. (2011-10-09)
Virtual fly-through bronchoscopy yields real results
For patients with non-small cell lung cancer the accurate determination of the lymph node status before therapy is critical to develop an individualized treatment plan. (2011-10-03)
Not quite 'roid rage
Put up your dukes. A study of aggression in fruit flies aims to provide a framework for how complex gene interactions affect behavior. (2011-09-29)
Control gene for developmental timing discovered
University of Alberta researchers have identified a key regulator that controls the speed of development in the fruit fly. (2011-09-28)
First ever multi-cellular model of rare disease developed at University of Alberta
Research groups worldwide have tried to develop a simple model of a rare, fatal disease called Zellweger's syndrome but none has succeeded, until researchers at the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta did so in fruit flies. (2011-09-22)
Is the 'longevity gene' nearing the end of its life?
Sirtuins, proteins believed to significantly increase lifespan in a number of organisms -- and the claimed target of some anti-aging creams -- do not, in fact, affect animal longevity, according to new research funded by the Wellcome Trust and the European Union. (2011-09-21)
New thinking on regulation of sex chromosomes in fruit flies
Biologists at the University of Rochester discover that dosage compensation does not occur in the reproductive cells of male fruit flies. (2011-09-19)
Hitchhiking snails fly from ocean to ocean
Smithsonian scientists and colleagues report that snails successfully crossed Central America, long considered an impenetrable barrier to marine organisms, twice in the past million years -- both times probably by flying across Mexico, stuck to the legs or riding on the bellies of shorebirds and introducing new genes that contribute to the marine biodiversity on each coast. (2011-09-14)
NASA'S Webb telescope completes mirror-coating milestone
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has reached a major milestone in its development. (2011-09-13)
UMass Amherst entomologists begin to control winter moth infestation in eastern Massachusetts
A six-year campaign to control invasive winter moths with a natural parasite led by entomologist Joe Elkinton of the University of Massachusetts Amherst now has concrete evidence that a parasitic fly, Cyzenis albicans, has been established and is attacking the pest at four sites in Seekonk, Hingham, Falmouth and Wellesley. (2011-09-07)
A 'jumping gene's' preferred targets may influence genome evolution
Our genetic blueprint contains numerous entities known as transposons, which have the ability to move from place to place on the chromosomes within a cell. (2011-09-06)
Scale models
Weizmann Institute scientists have added a significant piece to the puzzle of scaling -- how patterns stay in sync with size as an embryo or organism grows and develops. (2011-08-22)
CSHL neuroscientists show activity patterns in fly brain are optimized for memory storage
A research team at CSHL shows large populations of neurons in the brains of living fruit flies responding simultaneously to a variety of odors. (2011-08-18)
Making a bee-line for the best rewards
Bumble bees use complex problem-solving skills to minimize the energy they use when flying to collect food, according to new research from Queen Mary, University of London. (2011-08-16)
Distance caregivers for advanced cancer patients have special needs, CWRU study finds
Distance presents a challenge as family members work to gain information about their loved ones and participate in their cancer care. (2011-08-08)
The brain grows while the body starves
When developing babies are growth restricted in the womb, they are typically born with heads that are large relative to their bodies. (2011-08-04)
Nottingham scientist wins major cancer research award
A University of Nottingham scientist who uses fruit flies to study the genetics of cancer has won a prestigious award from Cancer Research UK. (2011-08-02)
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