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May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015

May 27, 2015 — Right before a cell starts to divide to give birth to a daughter cell, its biochemical machinery unwinds the chromosomes and copies the millions of protein sequences comprising the cell's DNA, ... read more

May 26, 2015 — For decades, researchers have been making artificial eggs out of plaster, wood, and other materials to test how birds identify and reject the eggs that invading 'brood parasites' sometimes ... 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

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

Beyond Average: New Platforms Genetically Barcode Tens of Thousands of Cells at a Time

May 21, 2015 — Two separate research teams have developed high-throughput techniques to quickly, easily and inexpensively give every individual cell in a sample a unique genetic barcode. This allows scientists to ... read more

May 22, 2015 — Researchers have developed vaccines for H5N1 and H7N9, two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The strains have led to the culling of millions of commercial ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Scientists have moved a step closer to identifying the nanostructure of cellulose -- the basic structural component of plant cell walls. The insights could pave the way for more disease resistant ... read more

Estuaries Protect Dungeness Crabs from Deadly Parasites

May 22, 2015 — Parasitic worms can pose a serious threat to the Dungeness crab, a commercially important fishery species found along the west coast of North America. The worms are thought to have caused or ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Naturally occurring, plant-associated bacteria as a crop protection agent are now available for use in crop protection to alleviate the contamination of soil with pesticides -- arguably the most ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Bacteria that live in the guts of cicadas have split into many separate but interdependent species in a strange evolutionary phenomenon that leaves them reliant on a bloated genome, a new paper has ... read more

May 21, 2015 — A multinational team of researchers who spent three and a half years sampling the ocean's sunlit upper layers aboard the schooner Tara unveil the first officially reported global analyses of the ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Ocean microbes are vital to the Earth's ecosystems, and their interactions with ocean viruses can have dramatic effects on processes ranging from oxygen production to food supply. Marine ... read more

May 21, 2015 — A certain type of soil bacteria can use their social behavior of outer membrane exchange to repair damaged cells and improve the fitness of the bacteria population as a whole, new research ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a new species of fossil in England -- and identified it as an ancient parasitic intruder. The fossil species -- a 'tongue worm', which has a worm-like body and a ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria poses a global threat to public health. Common antibiotics are often ineffective in treating infectious diseases because pathogens acquire resistance genes. These ... read more

Nicotinoid, Fungal Disease Team Up to Break Down Termites' Tough Defenses

May 20, 2015 — A small amount of nicotinoid pesticide substantially weakens termites' ability to fight off fungal diseases, researchers report. This is a finding that could lead to more effective methods of ... read more

May 20, 2015 — The temperature balance on Earth may be dependent on a conspicuous creation that sours life for everyone around, guzzles more than a sponge and produces lots of offspring that behave likewise. And ... read more

Nature Inspires First Artificial Molecular Pump

May 19, 2015 — Using nature for inspiration, scientists have developed an entirely artificial molecular pump, in which molecules pump other molecules. The machine mimics the pumping mechanism of proteins that move ... read more

Natural Plant Chemicals Could Help Fight Tooth Decay, Study Shows

May 20, 2015 — Oral-care products containing a natural chemical that stops bacteria harming teeth could help prevent decay, a study suggests. The plant natural product acts against harmful mouth bacteria and could ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Social grooming, or helping others to stay clean and free of lice and other ecto-parasites, has long been associated with hygiene and good health in wild primates. In the process of picking out ... read more

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