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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 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

Viruses: You've Heard the Bad; Here's the Good

Apr. 30, 2015 — Viruses, like bacteria, can be important beneficial microbes in human health and in agriculture, researchers say, following a review of the current literature on beneficial ... 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

Role of Telomeres in Plant Stem Cells Discovered

Apr. 30, 2015 — The development of an innovative technology that enables the monitoring of telomeres at the cellular level in plants has been described in a new article. The technique allows to demonstrate, for the ... 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 — Swine farmers are six times more likely to be carriers of staph bacteria, including the MRSA strain, than others, new research shows. S. aureus is a type of bacteria commonly found on the skin as ... 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

Research Seeks Alternatives for Reducing Bacteria in Fresh Produce Using Nanoengineering

Apr. 29, 2015 — Nearly half of foodborne illnesses in the US have been attributed to contaminated fresh produce. Prevention and control of bacterial contamination on fresh produce is critical to ensure food safety. ... 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 — 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

Apr. 28, 2015 — Species migrations across the Isthmus of Panama began about 20 million years ago, some six times earlier than commonly assumed, a new study ... 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

Gene Mapping Reveals Soy's Dynamic, Differing Roles in Breast Cancer

Apr. 28, 2015 — Scientists have mapped genes affected by phytonutrients in soy, and have found that minimally processed soy flour suppresses breast cancer, while purified isoflavones stimulate genes that accelerate ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Scientists have found dramatic effects on risk factors for colon cancer when American and African volunteers swapped diets for just two ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Researchers have used mathematical equations to shed new light on how flowing fluid hinders the movement of bacteria in their search for ... read more

Students Break New Ground in Understanding Genetic Diversity of Bacteriophages

Apr. 28, 2015 — Over the last seven years, thousands of undergraduate students have sequenced and analyzed the genomes of bacteria-infecting viruses, known as bacteriophages. Those genomes are now the focal point of ... 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

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