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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

Diabetic Patients! Cactus, Chia and Soy Decrease High Glucose in Blood

May 27, 2015 — The so called functional foods such as cactus pads, chia and soybean, when included in a balanced diet, help reduce obesity and control diabetes, say Mexican ... 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

Allergies: Europe's Ragweed Pollen Counts to Quadruple by 2050?

May 28, 2015 — Airborne concentrations of common ragweed pollen, a potent allergen, could increase fourfold in Europe by 2050. Researchers believe climate change will be responsible for two thirds of this increase, ... 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 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 — Container plants were used in three experiments to determine the effects of plant species, plant size, container size, container spacing, and sprinkler type on plants' ability to capture ... 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 — Animals, like humans, excel at some tasks but not others. Researchers used pond snails to investigate learning and memory. They found that if an individual is good at forming memories about food they ... read more

Changes in Forest Structure Affect Bees, Other Pollinators

May 26, 2015 — Over the past century, many forests have shifted from open to closed canopies. The change in forest structure could be contributing to declines in pollinator species, especially native bees, ... 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

Potential of Seagrass to Combating Climate Change

May 26, 2015 — Seagrass ecosystems could play a key role in combating climate change, researchers have discovered. The marine flowering plant also helps sustain abundant sea life and protects shorelines around the ... read more

May 25, 2015 — You know the old saying: Location, location, location? It turns out that it applies to the Amazon rainforest, too. New work illustrates a hidden tapestry of chemical variation across the lowland ... read more

May 25, 2015 — A team of scientists has identified a set of genes that control stem cell production in the tomato. Mutations in these genes explain the origin of mammoth beefsteak tomatoes. More importantly, the ... read more

May 25, 2015 — Diabetes is the fastest growing metabolic disease in the world. A new study has shown that traditional Aboriginal and Indian plant extracts could be used to manage the disease and may also have ... read more

May 25, 2015 — Madagascar is home to extraordinary biodiversity, but in the past few decades, the island's forests and associated biodiversity have been under greater attack than ever. Rapid deforestation is ... read more

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