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July 27, 2016

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July 27, 2016

Parasite Proteins Prompt Immune System to Fight Off Ovarian Tumors in Mice

July 22, 2016 — Scientists identified the specific proteins secreted by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii that cause the immune system in mice to attack established ovarian ... read more

Genes Find Their Partners Without Matchmakers

July 22, 2016 — A new study provides more evidence that identical sections of DNA can match up with each other without the help of other ... read more

A 'Smart Dress' for Oil-Degrading Bacteria

July 22, 2016 — The modified polyelectrolyte-magnetite nanocoating was applied to functionalize the cell walls of oil decomposing bacteria Alcanivorax ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Ecologists are leading a global effort to predict where new infectious diseases are likely to emerge. In a new paper, they describe how macroecology—the study of ecological patterns and processes ... read more

July 21, 2016 — A new study of the gut microbiomes of humans, chimps, bonobos and gorillas shows that at least two major groups of bacteria have cospeciated with these hosts, with a lineage going back at least 15 ... read more

New Mechanism of Tuberculosis Infection

July 21, 2016 — Researchers have identified a new way that tuberculosis bacteria get into the body, revealing a potential therapeutic angle to ... read more

Predatory Prawns Eliminate a Major Parasite More Effectively Than Drugs Alone

July 21, 2016 — A new study upends the status quo to combatting schistosomiasis, which affects 250 million people worldwide. The team suggests that the spread of the parasitic disease is curbed more effectively with ... read more

July 21, 2016 — A study reports that successful Schistosomiasis control programs over the past century relied, at least in part, on reducing the freshwater snails that are an essential host in the parasite life ... read more

Fluorescent Trypanosomes Reveal Invasion of Skin and Beyond Following Tsetse Fly Bites

July 21, 2016 — Trypanosome parasites cause sleeping sickness in Africa. If left untreated, the infection causes coma and eventually death. A study takes a close look at what happens after an infected tsetse fly ... read more

Scientists Untangle Barr Body of Inactive X Chromosome

July 21, 2016 — Scientists have taken a detailed look inside the small, densely packed structure of the inactive X chromosome found in female mammals called the Barr ... read more

Research Offers New Hope for Understanding Deadly Infections

July 21, 2016 — New study provides insights into the evolution of Mucorales fungi, which cause a fatal infection in ever-increasing segments of patient population, and several molecular pathways that might be ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Researchers have engineered a clinically relevant bacterium to produce cancer drugs and then self-destruct and release the drugs at the site of tumors. The approach enables continual production and ... read more

RNA: How Cells Master the Art of Reading Life's Recipes

July 20, 2016 — A research project has closed an important gap in the understanding of a fundamental process of life -- the creation of proteins based on recipes called ... read more

Plant-Based Polio Booster Vaccine

July 20, 2016 — Scientists have developed an oral vaccine booster for polio by manipulating plants to express a protein found in the polio virus. Tests with sera from immunized mice show that the booster confers ... read more

July 20, 2016 — A rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria present, extending by several weeks the shelf life of one of the most common refrigerator staples in the ... read more

How Do Cells Recover Their Shape After Being Subjected to External Forces?

July 20, 2016 — Human cells show deformation under the influence of external forces. But how do they recover their original shape afterwards? This mechanism, which is important in medicine and biology, has been ... read more

July 20, 2016 — High ocean temperatures and poor timing of parasite management likely led to an epidemic of sea lice in 2015 throughout salmon farms in British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Strait, a new study has ... read more

July 20, 2016 — Soon after the demise of the dinosaurs, ants learned how to farm. The story of the mutualism between leafcutter ants and their fungal crop culminates in industrial-scale farming that surpasses even ... read more

New Study Uses Computer Learning to Provide Quality Control for Genetic Databases

July 19, 2016 — A new study helps to shed light on the transcriptomic differences between different tissues in Arabidopsis, an important model organism, by creating a standardized "atlas" that can ... read more

Juicy News About Cranberries: Blocking Bacterial Infections

July 19, 2016 — Illuminating traditional wisdom with chemistry and biophysics, a research team has characterized the role of compounds in cranberry juice that block the critical first step in bacterial infections, ... read more

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