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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

Feb. 23, 2017 — Viruses propagate by infecting a host cell and reproducing inside. This not only affects humans and animals, but bacteria as well. This type of virus is called bacteriophage. They carry so called ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Although stingless bees do not have a sting to fend off enemies, they are nonetheless able to defend their hives against attacks. Only four years ago it was discovered that a Brazilian bee species, ... read more

Hybrid Plant Breeding: Secrets Behind Haploid Inducers, a Powerful Tool in Maize Breeding

Feb. 22, 2017 — A common strategy to create high-yielding plants is hybrid breeding. However, getting the inbred lines in the first place can be a hassle. In maize, the use of so-called 'haploid inducers' ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Research combines antibody precision with toxic oxygen burst to inactivate neural protein and temporarily abolish fear memory in ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Scientists studying the 'living fossil' Sphenodon -- or tuatara -- have identified a new way to measure the evolutionary rate of these enigmatic creatures, giving credence to Darwin's ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Adult and juvenile remains of a giant rodent species (Isostylomys laurdillardi) have been uncovered by researchers, in the Río de la Plata coastal region of southern Uruguay, raising questions about ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Tiny nanostraws that sample the contents of a cell without causing damage may improve our ability to understand cellular processes and lead to safer medical ... read more

Winners, Losers Among Fish When Landscape Undergoes Change

Feb. 21, 2017 — As humans build roads, construct buildings and develop land for agriculture, freshwater ecosystems respond ? but not always in the ways one might ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Researchers have recalibrated shark population density using data they gathered during eight years of study on Palmyra ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — A group of researchers has come to a better understanding of how long-lived, antibody-producing plasma cells are ... read more

New Studies Quantify the Impacts of Water Use on Diversity of Fish and Aquatic Insects in NC Streams

Feb. 21, 2017 — The health of fish and aquatic insects could be significantly affected by withdrawals of fresh water from the rivers and streams across North Carolina according to a new scientific ... read more

Prides, Protection and Parks: Africa's Protected Areas Can Support Four Times as Many Lions

Feb. 21, 2017 — Africa's protected parks and reserves are capable of supporting three to four times as many wild lions if well funded and managed, according to a new report. The study shows that populations of ... read more

Science Vs. the Sea Lamprey

Feb. 21, 2017 — A promising -- and natural -- solution to curb destructive the sea lamprey population has been developed by a team of ... read more

Microbe, Virus Co-Evolution: Model of CRISPR, Phage Co-Evolution Explains Confusing Experimental Results

Feb. 21, 2017 — A new study suggests that researchers planning to use the CRISPR genome-editing system to produce designer gut bacteria may need to account for the dynamic evolution of the microbial immune ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Japanese researchers have confirmed the second case known to science of a chimpanzee born with trisomy 22, a chromosomal defect similar to that of Down syndrome (or trisomy 21) in ... read more

ORC as Loader of the Rings: Study Details Ringed Structure of ORC in DNA Replication

Feb. 21, 2017 — An international collaboration of life scientists has described in exquisite detail the critical first steps of DNA replication, which allows cells to divide and most advanced life, including human, ... read more

How Habitat Destruction Figures in Long-Term Survival Plans

Feb. 21, 2017 — Some organisms might have an interesting strategy for long-term survival: switching between two unsustainable forms of behaviour that, when kept unchecked, can actually cause them to wipe out their ... read more

Genetic Mutations That Drive Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria

Feb. 21, 2017 — Scientists have identified novel mutations in bacteria that promote the evolution of high-level antibiotic ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — A previously undiscovered species of an extinct primordial giant worm with terrifying snapping jaws has been identified by an international team of ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — A central tenet of biology may need updating given new measurements of start ... read more

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