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February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016

Feb. 8, 2016 — Vitamin B6 is essential for all living organisms. Researchers have discovered an unexpected role for this micronutrient, in relation to nitrogen metabolism. The results indicate that one of the ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Gene expression in a fruit fly embryo can be accurately and predictably tuned, new research shows. This study has important implications in cellular and developmental biology, with potential ... read more

Expression of a 'Ouija Board' Protein That Can Summon 'Monster' Genes

Feb. 8, 2016 — Biologists have studied Drosophila melanogaster flies to discover a new protein dubbed “Ouija Board,” which plays an important role in the biosynthesis of the steroid hormones necessary for ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Sorry, Explorers Club, but woolly mammoth is no longer on the menu. Neither is the giant ground ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — By chance, scientists have discovered a malaria parasite that infects white-tailed deer. It's the first-ever malaria parasite known to live in a deer species and the only native malaria parasite ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — The ability to see the direction in which something is moving is vital for survival. Only in this way is it possible to avoid predators, capture prey or, as humans in a modern world, cross a road ... read more

Prunetin Prolongs Lifespan in Male Fruit Flies and Enhances Overall Health

Feb. 5, 2016 — Here's a reason for men to eat their lima beans -- if research in male fruit flies holds up, it might help you live longer. A new research report shows that administering an oral dose of ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Climate change may harm early-flowering plants not through plant-pollinator mismatch but through frost damage, a new study ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — IBS researchers create multiplex Digenome-seq to find errors in CRISPR-Cas9 ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — The smooth surfaces of much of the plastic waste rapidly increasing in the ocean appear to provide poor habitat for animals -- that is, until barnacles step ... read more

Hair Thinning by Stem Cell Loss

Feb. 4, 2016 — Why people lose their locks in old age may be related to the aging of hair follicle stem cells, two new studies suggest. Though it is known that mammals that live for longer lifespans lose their ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — By poring over the fossilized skulls of ancient wildebeest-like animals (Rusingoryx atopocranion) unearthed on Kenya's Rusinga Island, researchers have discovered that the little-known hoofed ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — On Nov. 11, 1954, Syuiti Mori turned out the lights on a small group of fruit flies. More than 60 years later, the descendants of those flies have adapted to life without light. These flies -- a ... read more

Half of the Large Carnivore Attacks Are Due to the Imprudence of Human Behavior

Feb. 4, 2016 — Close to 50 percent of large carnivore attacks on humans have involved risk-taking human behaviors. This is one of the main conclusions reached by a study which have analyzed the circumstances of 700 ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Where does the acoel flatworm belong in the tree of life? Biologists have discussed this question for the last 20 years. Now new research suggests that researchers have found the ... read more

Rhino, Tiger and Snow Leopard DNA Found in Chinese Medicines

Feb. 4, 2016 — More should be done to stop the use of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicines, with snow leopard, tiger and rhinoceros DNA still being found in remedies, according to a leading ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Semipalmated sandpipers on their annual stopover in Canada's Bay of Fundy eat a far broader diet than anyone suspected -- and researchers know this because they analyzed the birds' ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A new study helps explain how fruit flies get their keen sense of smell. Researchers have identified a set of genetic control switches that interact early in a fly's development to generate ... read more

Not Your Grandfather's Cotton

Feb. 3, 2016 — Cotton's genetic history is full of surprises. From transoceanic travels to inter-species cross-breedings, cotton’s story is one of plant and seed survival, adaptation, and human cultivation. ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Just as physicists comprehend the origin of the universe by observing the stars and archeologists reconstruct ancient civilizations with the artifacts found today, evolutionary biologists study the ... read more

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