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May 28, 2016

Study of Fungi-Insect Relationships May Lead to New Evolutionary Discoveries

May 24, 2016 — Zombie ants are only one of the fungi-insect relationships studied by a team of biologists in a newly compiled database of insect fungi ... read more

Discovering How Well Wearable Mosquito Repellent Devices Work

May 24, 2016 — Researchers are testing the efficacy of commercially available wearable mosquito repellent ... read more

May 23, 2016 — Researchers call for the formation of a National Microbiome Data Center to efficiently manage the datasets accumulated globally. By integrating and harnessing all available microbiome data and ... read more

Making Virus Sensors Cheap and Simple: New Method Detects Single Viruses in Urine

May 23, 2016 — Scientists have developed a new method to rapidly detect a single virus in urine. While the technique presently works on just one virus, scientists say it could be adapted to detect a range of ... read more

May 23, 2016 — Researchers witnessed a rare event and perhaps solved an evolutionary puzzle about how introns, non-coding sequences of DNA located within genes, multiply in a genome. The results address fundamental ... read more

The Trial, Error of Viral Evolution: The Difference Between Fading Out, Pandemic

May 23, 2016 — Investigators are studying viral evolution with the aim of finding knowledge that might help prevent disease. The researchers analyzed multiple studies on three well-known and varied viral families, ... read more

Antimicrobial Resistance in Soil: Potential Impact on the Food Chain

May 23, 2016 — New research will investigate if large amounts of antibiotic resistant bacteria are present in agricultural soil which may spread into the food chain. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the ... read more

Pathogen: Temperature Influences Gene Expression, Life Cycle in Vibrio Cholerae

May 21, 2016 — Vibrio cholerae infects roughly four million people annually, worldwide, causing severe diarrheal disease, and killing an estimated 140,000 people. Its success as a pathogen belies the challenges ... read more

May 21, 2016 — Scientists have demonstrated that poplar trees growing in rocky, inhospitable terrain harbor bacteria within them that could provide valuable nutrients to help the plant ... read more

Probiotic Bacteria Could Provide Some Protection Against Cadmium Poisoning

May 20, 2016 — Oral administration of certain probiotics reduced uptake of the heavy metal, cadmium, in the intestines of mice, and in a laboratory experiment using human intestinal cells. The research might ... read more

Scientists Create Computational Tool for Greater Understanding of Metabolic Network

May 20, 2016 — Researchers present the first genome-scale reconstruction of the C. elegans metabolic network and show that scientists can use mathematical simulation to convert bacterial diet into C. elegans ... read more

May 20, 2016 — Scientists have solved the structure of the Zika virus helicase, which is a key target for antiviral ... read more

Factor Preserves DNA Integrity in Bacteria Despite Assault from Antibiotics

May 19, 2016 — A key biochemical enables bacteria to repair otherwise fatal damage to their DNA, including that caused by antibiotics, report scientists. The study results revolve around the delicacy of DNA ... read more

May 19, 2016 — Flaviviruses -- such as Zika, dengue, and yellow fever -- have emerged as human pathogens because of their ability to specifically overcome our anti-viral defenses. In the case of Zika, researchers ... read more

May 19, 2016 — Using gene editing technology, researchers have, for the first time, successfully excised a segment of HIV-1 DNA -- the virus responsible for AIDS -- from the genomes of living animals. The ... read more

May 19, 2016 — Adding genes to bacteria offers sustainable routes to make compounds currently obtained from ... read more

May 18, 2016 — A new study demonstrates the evolution of protein structure and function over 3.8 billion years. Snippets of genetic code, consistent across organisms and time, direct proteins to create ... read more

May 18, 2016 — Researchers have developed a new method to directly follow viral infections in living organisms. This method can make infected cells produce fluorescent proteins, which means that they light up and ... read more

May 18, 2016 — Scientists have isolated an extract from a sponge found in Antarctica, known as Dendrilla membranosa, and tested it on MRSA biofilm. The extract, a new chemical which the research team has named ... read more

May 17, 2016 — Virologists have shown that an experimental antiviral drug against hepatitis C slows down the development of Zika in ... read more

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