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August 28, 2015

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August 28, 2015

Aug. 27, 2015 — The fungus Cryptococcus causes meningitis, a brain disease that kills about 1 million people each year. It's difficult to treat because fungi are genetically quite similar to humans, so ... read more

Aug. 27, 2015 — Biochemists have solved the architecture of the nuclear pore complex's complicated inner ring, a subcomplex that is central to the cellular machine's ability to serve as a barrier and ... read more

Bitter Pill: Monarchs, Milkweed and Self-Medication in a Changing World

Aug. 27, 2015 — The milkweed plants growing in 40 cube-shaped chambers on a hilltop at the University of Michigan Biological Station provide a glimpse into the future that allows researchers to ask a question: How ... read more

Aug. 27, 2015 — Cell mechanics are considerably more complex than previously thought and may affect cell structures at various ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — The dominant matriarchs of meerkat society carry a heavy burden. Not only are these females stressed from having to constantly scold and cajole the rowdy members of the tribe to maintain their perch ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — For more than a decade, gene sequencers have been improving more rapidly than the computers required to make sense of their outputs. Searching for DNA sequences in existing genomic databases can ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — New cost-effective material which mimics natural 'extracellular matrix' has allowed scientists to capture previously unseen behavior in individual plant cells, including new shapes and ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — Researchers have for the first time developed a method to precisely control embryonic stem cell differentiation with beams of light, enabling them to be transformed into neurons in response to a ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — Researchers have discovered three new fungi as they unravel the mystery cause of the emerging wheat disease white grain ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — The humble dust collecting in the average American household harbors a teeming menagerie of bacteria and fungi, and as researchers have discovered, it may be able to predict not only the geographic ... read more

Algorithm Helps Identify Elusive Genes That Express Like Clockwork

Aug. 25, 2015 — An algorithm is giving scientists a new way to identify the dynamics of oscillatory genes, which play an essential role in development functions like cell division, circadian rhythms and limb ... read more

Batting Practice in the Genome

Aug. 25, 2015 — In the biochemical game of genetics, it was thought that the proteins controlling gene regulation in animals were either spectators or players. But scientists have now found that spectator proteins ... read more

Adaptive Mutation Mechanism May Explain Some Forms of Antibiotic Resistance

Aug. 25, 2015 — Evolutionary theory says mutations are blind and occur randomly. But in the phenomenon of adaptive mutation, cells can peek under the blindfold, increasing their mutation rate in response to stress. ... read more

Aug. 25, 2015 — Barley, a widely grown cereal grain commonly used to make beer and other alcoholic beverages, possesses a large and highly repetitive genome that is difficult to fully sequence. Now scientists have ... read more

Ebola Virus Can Survive in Wastewater

Aug. 25, 2015 — The latest discovery by a group of microbial risk-assessment and virology researchers suggests that the procedures for disposal of Ebola-contaminated liquid waste might underestimate the virus' ... read more

Aug. 25, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a new virus in seals that is the closest known relative of the human hepatitis A virus. The finding provides new clues on the emergence of hepatitis ... read more

Aug. 25, 2015 — Root bacteria are known to form symbiotic relationships with plants by improving the plants' supply of nutrients. Yet as scientists found recently, the bacteria actually play a much more ... read more

Flu Remedies Help Combat E. Coli Bacteria

Aug. 25, 2015 — If the intestinal bacteria level becomes unbalanced, it can cause diseases. Physiologists now reveal how a specific carbohydrate in the intestinal mucosa heavily multiplies certain E. coli bacteria ... read more

Lemon Juice Disinfects Against Human Norovirus

Aug. 25, 2015 — Citric acid may prevent the highly contagious norovirus from infecting humans, scientists discovered. Therefore, lemon juice could be a potentially safe and practical disinfectant against the most ... read more

Keep Your Dogs out of Warm Lakes: Pythiosis Risk

Aug. 25, 2015 — Animals, including dogs and horses, can contract pythiosis from swimming spores. About 10 cases of humans getting sick from this disease have also been reported in the ... read more

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