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May 26, 2016

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May 26, 2016

Scientists Capture the Elusive Structure of Essential Digestive Enzyme

May 25, 2016 — Researchers have revealed new structural data that has eluded scientists for years on a liver enzyme that is critical for human ... read more

Scientists Explore New Concepts of Plant Behavior, Interactions

May 25, 2016 — While a lot is already known about plant perception, our ecological understanding of plants has largely focused on seeing plants as the sum of a series of building blocks or traits. A new collection ... read more

Consumer Knowledge Gap on Genetically Modified Food

May 25, 2016 — While consumers are aware of genetically modified crops and food, their knowledge level is limited and often at odds with the facts, according to a newly published ... read more

Self-Driving Truck Acts Like an Animal

May 25, 2016 — Researchers are finding inspiration in evolution’s biological counterparts in the development of a driverless truck. The first public demonstration of the vehicle will take place on a Dutch ... read more

Blockade of Histamine Receptors Suppresses Intestinal Anaphylaxis in Peanut Allergy

May 25, 2016 — Simultaneous pre-treatment with antihistamines that block both the H1 and H4 antihistamine receptors suppressed the gastrointestinal symptoms of food allergy in mice, according to ... read more

May 25, 2016 — A biologist has shown that freshwater communities experienced significantly lower disparity between common and rare species in favorable, low-stress environments. Conversely, harsh stressful ... read more

Tiny Wasp Sniffs Out, Picks Up 'Good Vibrations' to Battle Ash Borer

May 25, 2016 — A host-specific parasitic wasp so new and obscure that it doesn't even have a common name -- known only by its scientific name Spathius galinae -- has been approved for release to help control ... read more

Harnessing Nature’s Vast Array of Venoms for Drug Discovery

May 24, 2016 — Scientists have invented a method for rapidly identifying venoms that strike a specific target in the body -- and optimizing such venoms for therapeutic ... read more

May 24, 2016 — Bacteria use a form of 'social media' communication, quorum sensing, to monitor how many of their species are in the neighborhood. This is important in the pathogenicity of Vibrio cholerae, ... read more

Study of Fungi-Insect Relationships May Lead to New Evolutionary Discoveries

May 24, 2016 — Zombie ants are only one of the fungi-insect relationships studied by a team of biologists in a newly compiled database of insect fungi ... read more

May 24, 2016 — A report commissioned by the United Nations offers a glimmer of hope to those managing the impact of bleaching on the world's coral reefs, including the Great Barrier Reef. The 35 authors of the ... read more

May 24, 2016 — First-ever CT scans of the early armored dinosaur Pawpawsaurus campbelli reveal that although the Texas dino lacked its cousin's club-tail it had a sharp nose for danger. A relative of ... read more

New Tools to Manipulate Biology

May 24, 2016 — Chemistry has provided many key tools and techniques to the biological community in the last twenty years. We can now make proteins that Mother Nature never thought of, image unique parts of live ... read more

May 24, 2016 — Scientists have conducted the world's most comprehensive analysis of coral genes, focusing on how their evolution has allowed corals to interact with and adapt to the ... read more

Cell Labelling Via Photobleaching: Precious Ally for Scientific Research

May 24, 2016 — A multidisciplinary team of researchers gives birth to a unique method that enables instant, specific labeling of individual cells, Cell Labelling via Photobleaching (CLaP). This method will become a ... read more

May 24, 2016 — Scientists have found evidence that marine life can easily invade Antarctic waters from the north, and could be poised to colonize the rapidly-warming Antarctic marine ... read more

May 23, 2016 — Researchers call for the formation of a National Microbiome Data Center to efficiently manage the datasets accumulated globally. By integrating and harnessing all available microbiome data and ... read more

May 23, 2016 — A team of bioengineering researchers has decoded the mechanism that bacteria use to make life-or-death decisions during extremely tough times. The fundamental find could have implications for ... read more

Chloride 'Switch' Turns on Membrane Formation

May 23, 2016 — Chloride plays a key role in the formation of the basement membrane, a suprastructure on the outside of cells that undergirds and guides the function of most of the tissues of the body. In ... read more

Making Virus Sensors Cheap and Simple: New Method Detects Single Viruses in Urine

May 23, 2016 — Scientists have developed a new method to rapidly detect a single virus in urine. While the technique presently works on just one virus, scientists say it could be adapted to detect a range of ... read more

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