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July 1, 2015

Recreational Fish-Catch Data Can Help Save Money in Monitoring Invasive Largemouth Bass

June 30, 2015 — Largemouth bass are native to North America, but they have been distributed worldwide for recreational fishing. When they’re in waters outside North America, largemouth bass can cause declines in ... read more

Understanding Why Animals Are Healthy Offers Path to Precision Medicine

June 29, 2015 — Researchers have identified a mechanism that explains why some mutations can be disease-causing in one genome but benign in another. The researchers compared thousands of human disease-causing ... read more

June 29, 2015 — A team of biologists has identified a key mechanism plants use to decide when to release their floral scents to attract pollinators. Their findings connect the production and release of these ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Laboratories that test chemicals for neurological toxicity could reduce their use of laboratory mice and rats by replacing these animal models with tiny aquatic flatworms known as freshwater ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Chemists have demonstrated that creating bacterial 'fight clubs' is an effective way to discover natural molecules with the potential to become new drugs. The "fight club" ... read more

Soil Water, Microbes Influence Carbon in World's Coldest Desert, Study Finds

June 29, 2015 — Soil water and microbes' respiration contribute to fluctuations of carbon dioxide in the world's coldest desert, where climate change is expected to increase underground moisture and ... read more

Pesticide Study Shows That Sexual Conflict Can Maintain Genetic Variation

June 29, 2015 — The sexually antagonistic gene for resistance to the pesticide DDT, which increases fitness in female flies but simultaneously decreases fitness in male flies, helps to maintain genetic variation, ... read more

June 29, 2015 — Marine reserves are fundamental tools for the conservation of worldwide marine biodiversity. The analysis of both genetic and demographic structures of some habitat-forming species, for example the ... read more

June 27, 2015 — New scientific research could help to protect tigers (Panthera tigris) from extinction. The findings indicate that tigers should be classified as only two subspecies – up to now nine subspecies ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Pet owners are reluctant to face up to their cats' kill count, a new study suggests. Cat owners fail to realize the impact of their cat on wildlife according to new ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Too much male sexual attention harms attractive females, according to a new study on fruit flies. The study showed that male harassment of females hampered the species' ability to adapt to new ... read more

June 26, 2015 — An experimental study with size-selectively harvested zebrafish that began in 2006 reveals that size-selective harvesting causes changes in key life-history traits, leading to low maximum body size ... read more

June 26, 2015 — When rats rest, their brains simulate journeys to a desired future such as a tasty treat. Researchers monitored brain activity in rats, first as the animals viewed food in a location they could not ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Pygmy sloths wander inland in addition to inhabiting the mangrove fringes of their island refuge. A researchers now suggests that the population size of the pygmy sloth has been underestimated; a ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Researchers have decoded the Australian sheep blowfly genome, adding ammunition to the battle against one of the nation's most insidious pests. This blowfly is responsible for about $280 million ... read more

Tracking Genetic Arms Race Between Humans, Mosquitoes

June 25, 2015 — Individual populations of mosquitoes are under strong evolutionary pressure from humans and their environment, a new study ... read more

Compound in Magnolia May Combat Head and Neck Cancers

June 25, 2015 — As one of the compounds in magnolia extract, honokiol has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine to treat anxiety and other conditions. More recently, scientists have ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Chemists create a new pathway that allows E. coli bacteria to feed on sugar and acetate to make isobutyl coA, a raw material for fuels and ... read more

June 25, 2015 — When plant cells are infected with pathogens, networks of tiny tubes called stromules grow from the chloroplasts to the cell's nucleus and trigger programmed cell death and innate immune ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Some coral populations already have genetic variants necessary to tolerate warm ocean waters, and humans can help to spread these genes, scientists have ... read more

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