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June 30, 2015

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June 30, 2015

New Target Identified for Inhibiting Malaria Parasite Invasion

June 25, 2015 — A malaria parasite protein called calcineurin is essential for parasite invasion into red blood cells, a new study has found. Human calcineurin is already a proven target for drugs treating other ... read more

Antarctic Sponges: DNA Barcoding Discloses Diversity

June 25, 2015 — Researchers have used DNA barcoding to elucidate the diversity of the sponge fauna found in Antarctic waters. The data provide new insights into the evolution of this poorly characterized ... read more

June 25, 2015 — When recreational boats are transported overland, they are often accompanied by zebra mussels, attached to the hull. This alien species, which first appeared in Switzerland in 1960, can thus invade ... read more

Reenergizing Antibiotics in the War Against Infections

June 24, 2015 — In principle, antibiotics suppress infections either by killing the bacteria, which is called a bactericidal effect or by merely inhibiting their growth, by what is called a bacteriostatic effect. ... read more

June 24, 2015 — A new device that more quickly and accurately 'listens in' on the chemical messages that tell our cells how to multiply has been invested by scientists. The tool improves our understanding ... read more

Single Gene Controls Fish Brain Size, Intelligence

June 23, 2015 — A single gene called Angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) drives brain size and intelligence in fish according to a new study. Fish with larger brains and higher intelligence had higher expression of Ang-1, and ... read more

June 23, 2015 — A few years ago biologists found that a prominent change in pigeon plumage, head crests, could be traced to a mutation in a single gene. Now the research team has found an almost exact repeat in the ... read more

June 23, 2015 — A recent study explores the ability of a common coral reef organism to eviscerate and regenerate its gut within 12 days and rebuild its filtration organ, the branchial sac, within 19 days. ... read more

Whooping Cough: New Findings on Pertussis Pathogen

June 23, 2015 — The worldwide spreading of the whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has substantially increased since 2010. Researchers have investigated structure and function of an important membrane protein ... read more

June 22, 2015 — A discovery made during an analysis of a species of mistletoe whose apparent ability to survive without key genes involved in energy production could make it one of the most unusual plants on ... read more

Dual Internal Clocks Keep Plant Defenses on Schedule

June 22, 2015 — Time management isn't just important for busy people -- it's critical for plants, too. A new study shows how two biological clocks work together to help plants deal with intermittent ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Chemists and biologists have succeeded in designing and synthesizing an artificial cell membrane capable of sustaining continual growth, just like a living ... read more

For Black Rhino, Zoo Diet Might Be Too Much of a Good Thing

June 22, 2015 — A new study shows that captive black rhinos -- but not their wild counterparts -- are at high risk for two common health problems suffered by millions of humans: inflammation and insulin ... read more

June 22, 2015 — The Nobel Prize winner Roderick MacKinnon suggested that ion channels (the pores on the cell membrane that regulate the exchange of ions between the inside and outside of cells) were like rigid tubes ... read more

June 22, 2015 — As part of their long-term investigation of regulatory factors in the bacterial cell cycle, molecular biologists now report finding a surprising new role for one factor, CpdR, an adaptor that helps ... read more

Legumes Control Infection of Nodules by Both Symbiotic, Endophytic Bacteria

June 22, 2015 — Legume plants selectively regulate access and accommodation of both symbiotic and endophytic bacteria inside root nodule, new research shows. This provides a solid basis and platform for ... read more

June 22, 2015 — A rare DNA base, previously thought to be a temporary modification, has been shown to be stable in mammalian DNA, suggesting that it plays a key role in cellular ... read more

June 22, 2015 — If you want to find out about the shy Eurasian otter, its droppings are a fascinating source of information. By isolating DNA from otter droppings -- known as spraint -- researchers can not only ... read more

History of Native Welsh Sheep Breeds Uncovered

June 22, 2015 — The genetic integrity of native Welsh sheep breeds combined with contemporary scientific techniques will develop the commercial flocks of the ... read more

June 19, 2015 — A new method of controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, termed ultra-superovulation, has been developed by researchers in which ovulation of a very large number of eggs from one female mouse occurs. ... read more

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