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March 1, 2017

Mar. 1, 2017 — Using 3-D electron microscopy, structural biologists have succeeded in elucidating the architecture of the lamina of the cell nucleus at molecular resolution for the first time. This scaffold ... read more

Feb. 27, 2017 — An invasive species of marsh grass that spreads, kudzu-like, throughout North American wetlands, may provide similar benefits to protected wetlands as native marsh grasses. According to new research, ... read more

New Tool for Combating Mosquito-Borne Disease: Insect Parasite Genes

Feb. 27, 2017 — Discovery of the genes the insect parasite Wolbachia uses to control its hosts' reproduction provides a powerful new tool for enhancing biological control efforts for mosquito-borne diseases ... read more

Feb. 27, 2017 — A new species of parasitic wasp has been obtained from the eggs of weevils associated with bushwillows in northeastern Gabon. Given the tiny insect is the first record of its genus for West-Central ... read more

Feb. 27, 2017 — The master gene that regulates differences between males and females plays a complex role in matching the right physical trait to the right sex, scientists have found. The research reveals new ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Scientists have generated a new plasmid-based reverse genetics system for ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Biologists expand on more than 150 years of textbook wisdom with a new explanation for wasp ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Research outlines how the genetic pathways that govern growth and stress response in plants sometimes clash. The research could lead to better performing crop ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — The mystery that is the origin of flowering plants has been partially solved thanks to a team of scientists. Their discovery sheds light on a question that much intrigued Darwin: the appearance of a ... read more

New Algorithm Identifies Gene Transfers Between Different Bacterial Species

Feb. 24, 2017 — In a recent study combining machine learning and bioinformatics, a new computational method was developed for modelling gene transfers between different lineages of a bacterial population or even ... read more

Feb. 25, 2017 — A new database of bottlenose dolphin DNA and associated proteins just completed could possibly aid in dolphin care and research of human medical problems such as stroke and kidney ... read more

Melting Polar Ice, Rising Sea Levels Not Only Climate Change Dangers

Feb. 23, 2017 — Climate change from political and ecological standpoints is a constant in the media and with good reason, suggests a new study, but proof of its impact is sometimes found in unlikely ... read more

New Gene for Atrazine Resistance Identified in Waterhemp

Feb. 23, 2017 — Waterhemp, a common agricultural weed, has become increasingly resistant to atrazine and other herbicides. Waterhemp uses a class of enzymes known as GSTs to detoxify herbicides, but the exact GST ... read more

SARS and MERS: What’s Next?

Feb. 23, 2017 — It may be difficult to remember now, but when SARS was first recognized in February 2003, people were scared. This heretofore unknown disease was killing people—nearly 10 percent of those infected ... read more

Gene-Edited Pigs Show Signs of Resistance to Major Viral Disease

Feb. 23, 2017 — Scientists have produced pigs that may be protected from an infection that costs the swine industry billions each year. The team have used advanced genetic techniques to produce pigs that are ... read more

Why a Common Bacterium Can Produce Severe Illness

Feb. 23, 2017 — How can the same infection result in dramatically different levels of illness in two different people? A new study identifies two conditions -- a genetic immunodeficiency and delayed acquired ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Spring is coming sooner to some plant species in the low Arctic of Greenland, while other species are delaying their emergence amid warming winters. The changes are associated with diminishing sea ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Sexual reproduction and viral infections both rely on a functionally identical protein, according to new research. The protein enables the fusion of two cells, such as a sperm cell and egg cell, or ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — A new study is the first to comprehensively examine existing literature to identify broader patterns and suggest ways in which the phenomenon is important for plant populations and seed evolution. ... read more

Fungus on Lawns: Novel Methods of Rhizoctonia Solani Control?

Feb. 23, 2017 — Scientists have identified a novel and important biological aspect of R. Solani while investigating brown patch infected cool-season turfgrasses: R. solani isolated from diseased tissue were ... read more

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