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Apr. 29, 2016 — A new mechanism that enables plants to regulate their flowering in response to raised temperatures has been discovered by researchers. The finding could potentially lead to the development of ... read more

Apr. 29, 2016 — Scientists combined three biopolymers, chitosan and agarose (polysaccharides), and a protein gelatine, as the materials to produce tissue engineering scaffolds and demonstrated the enhancement of ... read more

Prion-Like Protein Found in Plants

Apr. 29, 2016 — Scientists have determined that a plant protein involved in the timing of flowering could in fact be a prion. This is the first time that a possible prion has been identified in plants, and it may ... read more

Researchers Use Viral Particles to Trap Intact Mammalian Protein Complexes

Apr. 29, 2016 — Belgian scientists report their development of Virotrap, a viral particle sorting approach for purifying protein complexes under native conditions. This method catches a bait protein together with ... read more

New Technique Spots Active Motion in Cells

Apr. 28, 2016 — A noninvasive data analysis technique has been developed that can discern whether an object's random motion is actively or thermally ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — Researchers have built a computer model of the interaction between different bacteria, and between bacteria and the gut wall. This has led them to explain how antibiotic-resistant microbes develop ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — A strain of beneficial nitrogen-fixing bacteria has spread across California, researchers have discovered, demonstrating that beneficial bacteria can share some of the same features that are ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — The Sapayoa, a rainforest bird from Central and South America, is an evolutionary enigma -- genetic analysis shows that its closest relatives are bird species living across the ocean in Asia and ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that an organism devoid of a nervous system is capable of learning. Biologists have succeeded in showing that a single-celled organism, the protist, ... read more

Zika Present in Americas Longer Than Previously Thought

Apr. 26, 2016 — The Zika virus was present in Haiti several months before the first Zika cases were identified in Brazil, according to new research by infectious-disease ... read more

Retroviral DNA Needs Time to Find Its Home, but Insertion Happens in a Blink

Apr. 26, 2016 — Retroviruses such as HIV must insert their viral DNA into host-cell DNA. A new study reveals details about the viral DNA's search for an insertion point. The findings could help improve ... read more

Proteomics Method Measures Carbon Uptake of Marine Microbes

Apr. 26, 2016 — A successful trial has been described of a new method of identifying the carbon uptake of specific marine bacterioplankton taxa. The technique uses proteomics -- the large-scale study of proteins -- ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — Scientists have solved the structure of the biological machinery used by a common virus to recognize and attack human host cells. The new structure gives scientists the first view of the glycoprotein ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — Researchers believe they've solved the mystery of how oversized microgels shrink to fit colloidal crystals, and what they've learned could also have implications for biological systems made ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — An unexpected link between cellular metabolic and recycling processes points to new cancer therapies. This cellular fuel gauge is a protein complex called AMPK that oversees energy input and output ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Soy isoflavones and peptides may inhibit the growth of microbial pathogens that cause food-borne illnesses, according to a new study. Soybean derivatives are already a mainstay in food products, such ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — A new method to accelerate isolation of plant disease resistance genes. The team has also identified a brand new source of blight resistance genes in Solanum americanum, a wild relative of the ... read more

Can Mountain-Climbing Bears Rescue Cherry Trees from Global Warming?

Apr. 25, 2016 — As the planet warms, one way for plants and animals to find their way to cooler territory is to move up higher into the mountains. Now, researchers have found that cherry trees are indeed making ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Researchers have discovered which enzyme enables Escherichia coli bacterium to breathe. E. coli uses special enzymes to breathe, which are absent in the human body. This opens the door to the ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — The genome sequencing of the algae, Gonium pectorale, provides valuable clues into how and why single cells live together in groups -- one of the earliest steps on the path to a multicellular ... read more

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