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May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015

Diabetic Patients! Cactus, Chia and Soy Decrease High Glucose in Blood

May 27, 2015 — The so called functional foods such as cactus pads, chia and soybean, when included in a balanced diet, help reduce obesity and control diabetes, say Mexican ... read more

Scorpion Venom Is Toxic to Cancer Cells

May 27, 2015 — In the venom from a scorpion from Colima, south-west state of Mexico, over a hundred proteins have been found and identified as having a "possible" toxic effect against cancer ... read more

May 28, 2015 — The numbers of American eels in freshwater areas have been decreasing rapidly but scientists have been puzzled as to why the fish can't recolonize. Now, a new look at eel genetics finds that ... read more

Study Tackles Evolution Mystery of Animal, Plant Warning Cues for Survival

May 27, 2015 — Not every encounter between predator and prey results in death. A new study co-authored by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor suggests that prey emit warning cues that can ultimately ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Engineers have devised a new way to detect cancer that has spread to the liver, by enlisting help from probiotics -- beneficial bacteria similar to those found in yogurt. Using a harmless strain of ... read more

May 27, 2015 — A common diatom grows faster in the presence of bacteria that release a growth hormone known to benefit plants on land. The authors of a new report showed that these bacteria exchange material with ... read more

May 27, 2015 — A new study focusing on insulin signaling uncovered surprising genetic diversity across reptiles, birds and mammals. Scientists previously assumed the process remained much the same throughout the ... read more

May 27, 2015 — For decades, scientists have known that ET-743, a compound extracted from a marine invertebrate called a mangrove tunicate, can kill cancer cells. The drug has been approved for use in patients in ... read more

May 27, 2015 — The DNA encoding all life on Earth is made of four building blocks called nucleotides, commonly known as 'letters,' that line up in pairs and twist into a double helix. Now, two groups of ... read more

Conservation Theory Gets Mathematical Treatment

May 27, 2015 — Theories used for the last four decades as a tool to guide the conservation of flora and fauna may have misinterpreted the biological reality, according to new research by ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Right before a cell starts to divide to give birth to a daughter cell, its biochemical machinery unwinds the chromosomes and copies the millions of protein sequences comprising the cell's DNA, ... read more

Seeing the Action: Novel Device Images Minute Forces, Actions Involved in Cell Membrane Hemifusion

May 26, 2015 — Researchers have developed a novel device to image the minute forces and actions involved in cell membrane hemifusion. To capture real time data on the behavior of cell membranes during hemifusion, ... read more

Soy Supplements Don't Improve Asthma, Study Concludes

May 26, 2015 — Despite previous findings suggesting a link between soy intake and decreased asthma severity, a new placebo-controlled study shows soy supplements do not improve lung function for patients with ... read more

May 26, 2015 — A century spent treating wildfires as emergencies to be stamped out may have cost Central Wisconsin a natural setting that was common and thriving before the state was ... read more

May 26, 2015 — A first global scale study has estimated how forest emitted compounds affecting cloud seeds via formation of low-volatility vapors. According to the latest projections, terrestrial vegetation emits ... read more

How DNA Is Organized in Our Cells

May 26, 2015 — A critical role for two proteins in chromatin structure has been uncovered by researchers. Their breakthrough helps explain how DNA is organized in our cells. This discovery could lead to a better ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Like many pests, cane toads are killed in their thousands in Australia every year, especially by community-based 'toad-busting' groups. New research has now revealed the most humane way to ... read more

May 26, 2015 — For decades, researchers have been making artificial eggs out of plaster, wood, and other materials to test how birds identify and reject the eggs that invading 'brood parasites' sometimes ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Biologists have discovered that one of nature’s most important pollinators - the buff-tailed bumblebee – either ascends to the status of queen or remains a lowly worker bee based on which genes ... read more

How to Get High-Quality RNA from Chemically Complex Plants

May 26, 2015 — RNA extraction is a notoriously tricky and sensitive lab procedure, but new protocols are quicker, more effective, and more reliable than previous methods. The protocols are featured in bench-ready ... read more

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