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May 27, 2017

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May 27, 2017

May 25, 2017 — Using fruit flies, researchers have discovered a cascade of molecular signals that program gene activity to drive the fly from one stage of maturation to the next, like a baby turning into an adult. ... read more

Size-Sensing Protein Controls Glucose Uptake and Storage in Fat Cells

May 25, 2017 — Researchers have discovered that a molecule which can sense the swelling of fat cells also controls a signaling pathway that allows fat cells to take up and store excess glucose. Mice missing this ... read more

May 25, 2017 — Globally, every 30 seconds a diabetic has a limb amputated because of a non-healing wound. A molecule produced by a Thai liver parasite could be the solution to those non-healing wounds -- and ... read more

May 24, 2017 — Genetic variants have been identified that help plants grow in low-iron environments, which could improve crop yields, say ... read more

May 24, 2017 — Clostridium botulinum is the bacterium that causes the neurointoxication, which produces one of the most potent toxins on earth and is classified as a potential bioterrorism threat. While no cure ... read more

Camelina: Where You Grow What You Grow

May 24, 2017 — A new study looks at how three varieties of camelina perform when grown in two different regions within the Great Plains. The end goal is to find the camelina variety that performs best in each ... read more

May 24, 2017 — Our cells are rich in proteins which are potential targets for therapy. But study of these proteins' behavior, using externally delivered biomacromolecules, has often been stymied by the ... read more

May 24, 2017 — Is it possible to watch at the level of single cells how fish embryos become trout, carp or salmon? Researchers have successfully combined two very advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques. The ... read more

May 24, 2017 — Researchers have figured out how a once-defeated bacterium has re-emerged to infect cotton in a battle that could sour much of the Texas and US crop. And it boils down to this: A smart bacteria with ... read more

How Polyomavirus Tricks Our Cells Into Helping It Build Its Invasion Route

May 24, 2017 — If every cell in our body is a factory, viruses are industrial spies who try to break in and take over. New findings about how one of the most mysterious types of spy - polyomaviruses -- accomplishes ... read more

Spinach Genome Will Make More Than Popeye Stronger

May 24, 2017 — Researchers report a new draft genome of Spinacia oleracea, better known as spinach. Additionally, the authors have sequenced the transcriptomes (all the RNA) of 120 cultivated and wild spinach ... read more

How Ebola Disables People's Immune Defenses

May 24, 2017 — Scientists have unlocked mysteries of how the Ebola virus hampers the body's natural defenses to speed the rate of infection and its accompanying lethal disease, according to a new ... read more

Improve Evolution Education by Teaching Genetics First

May 23, 2017 — Evolution is a difficult concept for many students at all levels, however, a study has demonstrated a simple cost-free way to significantly improve students' understanding of evolution at the ... read more

May 23, 2017 — Biological engineers have successfully decoded and reprogrammed the biosynthetic machinery that produces a variety of natural compounds found in ... read more

Dietary Strategy to Address Obesity Uses Component in Red Chili

May 23, 2017 — Scientists have discovered a dietary strategy that may address obesity by reducing endotoxemia, a major contributor to chronic, low-grade inflammation (CLGI). The researchers uncovered an interaction ... read more

May 23, 2017 — Scientists have assembled the 1.64 gigabytes genome of a deep-sea mussel, which is roughly equivalent to 50 percent of the size of human genome. This is the first decoded genome among all deep-sea ... read more

'Pregnant' Housefly Males Demonstrate the Evolution of Sex Determination

May 23, 2017 — Biologists have discovered the gene that determines the male sex in houseflies. Surprisingly, the sex-determining mechanisms are not the same for all houseflies -- they depend on where the insects ... read more

May 23, 2017 — The nutritional value of a food should be evaluated on the basis of the foodstuff as a whole, and not as an effect of the individual nutrients. This is the conclusion of an international expert panel ... read more

May 23, 2017 — The first total synthesis of dimeric securinega alkaloid (-)-flueggenine C was completed via an accelerated intermolecular Rauhut-Currier (RC) reaction. The research team succeeded in synthesizing ... read more

A Possible Alternative to Antibiotics

May 23, 2017 — A combination of metals and organic acids is an effective way to eradicate cholera, salmonella, pseudomonas, and other pathogenic bacteria, researchers report. The combination also works on bacteria ... read more

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