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May 30, 2015

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May 30, 2015

Manipulating Cell Membranes Using Nanotubes

May 29, 2015 — Researchers have developed a targeted method for opening up cell membranes in order to deliver drugs to, or manipulate the genes of, individual ... 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

Scientists See a Natural Place for 'Rewilded' Plants in Organic Farming

May 28, 2015 — One key element of organic agriculture is that it rejects unpredictable technologies, such as genetic engineering. But what if adding a gene from undomesticated plants to bring back a natural trait ... 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

May 28, 2015 — A citizen science program reveals the protection measures for the Montagu's harrier in the cereal crop season in France to be ineffective if nests are not protected to decrease predation after ... read more

Pangolin Trade: Experts Urge Reforms to CITES

May 28, 2015 — New research by conservationists suggests that in order to manage trade-threatened species more effectively the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora needs ... 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 — A longhorned beetle's sexy scent might make a female perk up her antennae. But when the males of several species all smell the same, a female cannot choose by cologne alone. For these beetles to ... 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

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

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 — 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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