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October 13, 2015

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October 13, 2015

Establishment of Systems Metabolic Engineering Strategies to Develop Microbial Strains

Oct. 12, 2015 — Ten general strategies of systems metabolic engineering have been proposed by experts to successfully develop industrial microbial ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — Biochemists have long known that crucial cell processes depend on a highly regulated cleanup system known as proteolysis, where specialized proteins called proteases degrade damaged or ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Wheat is vulnerable. Among the most damaging diseases that affect wheat crops across the world are rusts. These parasites cannot grow without infecting a host plant, and are responsible for some of ... read more

Vaginal Microbes Influence Whether Mucus Can Trap HIV

Oct. 6, 2015 — HIV particles are effectively trapped by the cervicovaginal mucus from women who harbor a particular vaginal bacteria species, Lactobacillus crispatus. The findings could lead to new ways to reduce ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — White-nose syndrome, an invasive skin infection caused by the Pseudogymnoascus destructans fungus has killed millions of bats since it was first seen in North America in 2007. A analysis of gene ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Many nematodes (worms) have specialized as pathogens, including those that serve as deadly insect-attacking parasites, making them effective biocontrol agents. Now a research team has sequenced the ... read more

High Dietary Fiber Intake Linked to Health Promoting Short Chain Fatty Acids

Sep. 29, 2015 — Eating a lot of fiber-rich foods, such as fruit, vegetables, and legumes -- typical of a Mediterranean diet -- is linked to a rise in health promoting short chain fatty acids, finds ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — A 20-million-year-old flea, entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, provides what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic killer -- an ancient ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — Scientists have discovered and mapped a light-sensing protein that uses vitamin B12 to perform key functions, including gene ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — A landmark study predicts that climate change will have a major impact on life in Antarctica this century. Scientists say that results indicated that by 2100 there would be 25 percent more soil ... read more

Infections in Childhood Could Provide Clues to Disease Development in Later Life

Sep. 27, 2015 — The interaction between infections and the microbiota during infancy in the lungs could help provide clues to disease development later in life, according to the findings of a new ... read more

Plum Good Health Benefits

Sep. 27, 2015 — Researchers have shown a diet containing dried plums can positively affect microbiota, also referred to as gut bacteria, throughout the colon, helping reduce the risk of colon ... read more

Removing Genes Without a Trace

Oct. 1, 2015 — Genes may now be deleted without creating a scar in certain strains of Escherichia coli and other microorganisms, thanks to new research. The technique makes it easier to string together several ... read more

Sep. 25, 2015 — A new analysis supports the hypothesis that viruses are living entities that share a long evolutionary history with cells. A new study offers the first reliable method for tracing viral evolution ... read more

Dried Plums Can Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer, Research Shows

Sep. 25, 2015 — A diet containing dried plums can positively affect microbiota, also referred to as gut bacteria, throughout the colon, helping reduce the risk of colon cancer, researchers ... read more

Sep. 25, 2015 — Humans have been breeding crops until they're bigger and more nutritious since the early days of agriculture, but genetic manipulation isn't the only way to give plants a boost. Integrative ... read more

The Life and Times of Domesticated Cheese-Making Fungi

Sep. 24, 2015 — People sure love their cheeses, but scientists have a lot to learn about the fungi responsible for a blue cheese like Roquefort or a soft Camembert. Now researchers have pieced together the story of ... read more

Know Your Chardonnay from Your Chablis? Scientists Reveal New Secrets to Regional Wine Variation

Sep. 24, 2015 — New research has shown for the first time how tiny genetic differences in a single microbe help to produce the distinctive variations in taste and odor between wines from different ... read more

Researchers Propose Ecological Route to Plant Disease Control

Sep. 24, 2015 — New research has revealed a potential natural defence against invasive pathogens which damage food crops across the ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Scientists have found that the gut microbiome of right whales and other baleen species shares characteristics with both cows and meat-eating predators. The dual microbial communities allow whales to ... read more

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