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February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

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

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 — Discovered in a 1978-79 expedition, a pale, eyeless catfish that doesn't even measure an inch long is now known as Micromyzon orinoco, for the South American river in which it was ... read more

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

Mathematics Supports a New Way to Classify Viruses Based on Structure

Feb. 23, 2017 — Scientists have found new evidence to support a classification system for viruses based on viral ... 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

Feb. 22, 2017 — In a land where survival is precarious, Komodo dragons thrive despite being exposed to scads of bacteria that would kill less hardy creatures. Now in a study, scientists report that they have ... 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

New Method Reveals How Proteins Stabilize the Cell Surface

Feb. 22, 2017 — To withstand external mechanical stress and handle trafficking of various substances, a cell needs to adjust its surrounding membrane. This is done through small indentations on the cell surface ... read more

Blood Ties Fuel Cooperation Among Species, Not Survival Instinct

Feb. 22, 2017 — Survival instinct does not influence species cooperative breeding decisions, a new study has found. Instead, it has found communal living and helping behavior, to be a natural result of monogamous ... 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

A Close Look at Sharp Vision in Eye Structure Seen Only in Humans and Other Primates

Feb. 22, 2017 — Found only in the retinas of humans and other primates, the fovea is responsible for visual experiences that are rich in colorful, spatial detail. Some reasons behind the fovea's unusual ... 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

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

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 — Researchers have discovered a key gene that influences genetic recombination during sexual reproduction in wild plant populations. Adding extra copies of this gene resulted in a massive boost to ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Scientists are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks. It has the potential to deliver two full crops a season in-field or it can be ... read more

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