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May 5, 2015

May 1, 2015 — The CRISPR/Cas system, which is based on chemically synthesized small RNAs and commercially available Cas9 enzyme, has enabled long gene-cassette knock-in in mice with highest efficiency ever ... read more

MarkerMiner 1.0: An Easy-to-Use Bioinformatics Platform for DNA Analysis in Angiosperms

Apr. 30, 2015 — Researchers have developed MarkerMiner, a new software that simplifies analysis of next-generation sequencing data in angiosperms. MarkerMiner is an automated, open-source, bioinformatics workflow ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — A simple chemical compound kills several major fungi that affect human health, researchers report. The compound also may have applications for fungal diseases that affect wheat and rice ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Bats fly with breathtaking precision because their wings are equipped with highly sensitive touch sensors, cells that respond to even slight changes in airflow, researchers ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — When it comes to cracking nuts, wild bearded capuchin monkeys are more skilled than anyone had given them credit for, according to ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Biochemists have discovered a protein that regulates the hierarchical organization of ribosome development. Ribosomes are complexly structured cellular nanomachines consisting of four ribonucleic ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Researchers have perfected a noninvasive "chemogenetic" technique that allows them to switch off a specific behavior in mice -- such as voracious eating -- and then switch it back on. The ... read more

Are We Exterminating One African Elephant by Not Recognizing Two?

Apr. 30, 2015 — Within the past week, Thailand officials seized seven tons of ivory, representing the slaughter of hundreds of African elephants for illegal trade. While recent reports say that poaching far exceeds ... read more

Evolution: The Secrets of the Brachiopod Shell

Apr. 30, 2015 — Researchers have carried out the first detailed study of the molecular mechanisms responsible for formation of the brachiopod shell. Comparison with shell synthesis in other groups reveals the deep ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that bacteriophages (bacterial viruses) carry genetic instructions for proteins that mediate the transport of their DNA to specialized replication ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — The human body is a cross between a factory and a construction zone -- at least on the cellular level. Certain proteins act as project managers, which direct a wide variety of processes and determine ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — Studying fruit fly larvae, scientists have mapped the entire neural circuit involved in combining vibration and pain sensations used in triggering an escape behavior. Combining information across ... read more

How the Lack of Specific Proteins Affects Development of Filamentous Fungi

Apr. 29, 2015 — Fungi can have a great economic impact. In industry, they are used as a source of enzymes or antibiotics. But they can also cause considerable economic damage as they are responsible for infections ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — Recombination, or crossing-over, occurs when sperm and egg cells are formed and segments of each chromosome pair are interchanged. This process plays an crucial role in the maintenance of genetic ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — Biophysicists are working toward an energy-landscape theory for chromosomes. The theory could help scientists understand the genomic roots of gene regulation, DNA replication and cell ... read more

Research Prompts Rethink of Enzyme Evolution

Apr. 29, 2015 — There is a need for a fundamental rethink of the evolutionary path of enzymes, the proteins vital to all life on Earth, new research suggests. Enzymes catalyze a vast array of biologically relevant ... read more

Monkey Droppings Complement Field Observations, Researchers Report

Apr. 28, 2015 — Behavioral observation, ecological sampling, and high-throughput sequencing give researchers insight into tamarin foraging strategies and prey preferences. In South American rainforests, researchers ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Dandelions deliver a desirable product: rubber. This is why the robust and undemanding plant has become the focus of attention of the rubber-producing industry. But how is rubber, contained in the ... read more

Facts About Our Microbial Menagerie

Apr. 28, 2015 — Trillions of microorganisms inhabit us -- inside and out. Scientists are surveying these microbial metropolises to learn more about their role in health. Here are a few details of what researchers ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — The monk parakeets that have invaded Europe and North America over the last 40-50 years fortifying their massive communal nests atop utility poles in many urban areas appear to have originated from ... read more

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