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February 22, 2017

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February 22, 2017

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 — Research groups have described in collaboration a novel myoclonic epilepsy in dogs and identified its genetic cause. The study reveals a novel candidate gene for human myoclonic epilepsies, one of ... read more

Molecular Biology: Fingerprinting Cell Identities

Feb. 21, 2017 — Every cell has its own individual molecular fingerprint, which is informative for its functions and regulatory states. Researchers have now carried out a comprehensive comparison of methodologies ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Professor is studying how a variety of marine organisms are responding to changes in their environment. Focusing on reef-building corals and other shelled creatures that are threatened by increasing ... read more

Feb. 20, 2017 — Researchers have developed a fluorescent polymer that lights up in contact with mercury that may be present in fish. High levels of the metal were detected in samples of swordfish and tuna. According ... read more

Those Who Help Each Other Can Invade Harsher Environments

Feb. 20, 2017 — Through cooperation, animals are able to colonize harsher living environments that would otherwise be inaccessible, according to a new study. The research community has long believed this was the ... read more

More Warm-Dwelling Animals and Plants as a Result of Climate Change

Feb. 20, 2017 — Since 1980, populations of warm-dwelling species in Germany have increased. The trend is particularly strong among warm-dwelling terrestrial species, as shown by the most comprehensive study across ... read more

Tick 'Cement' as a Potential Bioadhesive for Human Tissue

Feb. 20, 2017 — Ticks are well known for their ability to anchor themselves firmly to the skin, so that they can suck blood for several days. This anchoring mechanism is so effective because it is based on a ... read more

Feb. 20, 2017 — DNA, the stuff of life, may very well also pack quite the jolt for engineers trying to advance the development of tiny, low-cost electronic devices. Much like flipping your light switch at home -- ... read more

'Tully Monster' Mystery Is Far from Solved, Group Argues

Feb. 20, 2017 — Last year, headlines in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American and other outlets declared that a decades-old paleontological mystery had been solved. The 'Tully monster,' an ... read more

Tool for a Cleaner Long Island Sound

Feb. 19, 2017 — Ecologists have pinpointed sources of nitrogen pollution along Long Island Sound, and shows municipalities what they might do to alleviate ... read more

Speciation Is Not All About Good Looks: For Stick Insects, the Right Partner Should Smell Good Too

Feb. 17, 2017 — An attractive scent is just as important as good looks when it comes to choosing a mate -- at least among stick insect ... read more

Egg-Free Surrogate Chickens Produced in Bid to Save Rare Breeds

Feb. 17, 2017 — Hens that do not produce their own chicks have been developed for use as surrogates to lay eggs from rare breeds. The advance -- using gene-editing techniques -- could help to boost breeding of ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — The community of microorganisms that resides in the gut, known as the microbiome, has been shown to work in tandem with the genes of a host organism to regulate insulin secretion, a key variable in ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — New research provides compelling evidence that a group of strange-looking fish living near the mouth of the Congo River are evolving due to the intense hydraulics of the river's rapids and deep ... read more

Gene Editing Can Complement Traditional Food-Animal Improvements

Feb. 17, 2017 — Animal scientist say that gene editing -- following in the footsteps of traditional breeding -- has tremendous potential to boost the sustainability of livestock production, while also enhancing ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Biomedical engineers have developed imaging technology that is the first to see DNA 'blink,' or fluoresce. The tool enables researchers to study individual biomolecules (DNA, chromatin, ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — RFID chips like the ones used to protect merchandise from shoplifting reveal surprising clues about life in a bumblebee colony, say ... read more

In-Mouse Catalysis

Feb. 17, 2017 — A gold catalyst can be delivered to a target organ in a higher organism where it performs a chemical transformation visualized by bioimaging. This intriguing approach could make organometallic ... read more

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