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May 23, 2017 — Who is not fascinated by the wonderful iridescent colours of butterfly wings? Those who want to find out more about this phenomenon will realise that often the colour is not generated by pigments, ... read more

'Pregnant' Housefly Males Demonstrate the Evolution of Sex Determination

May 23, 2017 — Biologists have discovered the gene that determines the male sex in houseflies. Surprisingly, the sex-determining mechanisms are not the same for all houseflies -- they depend on where the insects ... read more

Calcium Dynamics Regulating the Timing of Decision-Making in C. Elegans

May 23, 2017 — All animals make decisions according to information, but the detailed mechanism is not known. The researchers found that, a tiny worm chooses the direction in an odor space by mathematically ... read more

May 22, 2017 — Researchers have modified an experimental malaria vaccine and showed that it completely protected four of eight monkeys that received it against challenge with the virulent Plasmodium falciparum ... read more

Engineered Protein Enlisted to Battle the MERS Virus

May 19, 2017 — Researchers converted a staple human ubiquitin protein into an anti-viral tool. Through subtle tweaks, they created an engineered version of the ubiquitin that binds more tightly and paralyzes a key ... read more

How RNA Formed at the Origins of Life

May 19, 2017 — A single process for how a group of molecules called nucleotides were made on the early Earth, before life began, has been suggested by a team of ... read more

May 19, 2017 — Aedes aegypti, the primary mosquito that carries Zika virus, might also transmit chikungunya and dengue viruses with one bite, scientists ... read more

Iron Deficiency Restrains Marine Microbes

May 19, 2017 — Iron is a critical nutrient in the ocean. Its importance for algae and the nitrogen cycle has already been investigated in detail. Now a new discovery shows that microbes also need iron to process ... read more

Scientists to Test Zika Virus on Brain Tumors

May 19, 2017 — In a revolutionary first, scientists will test whether the Zika virus can destroy brain tumor cells, potentially leading to new treatments for one of the hardest to treat cancers. ... read more

May 18, 2017 — Using neutron crystallography, research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody plants, a ... read more

Deadly Flower Power? Imported Tulip Bulbs Spread Anti-Fungal Resistance

May 18, 2017 — Tulip and narcissus bulbs imported into Ireland from the Netherlands may be acting as vehicles for the international spread of a drug-resistant fungus -- with potentially fatal consequences. Experts ... read more

May 17, 2017 — Microbes can control their animal hosts by manipulating the molecular machinery of their cells, triggering patterns of gene expression that consequently contribute to health and disease, new research ... read more

May 17, 2017 — Algal blooms deplete oxygen in lakes, produce toxins, and end up killing aquatic life in the lake. Researchers are tracing the role of bird feces, which are rich in phosphorus and ... read more

New Study Sheds Light on Origins of Life on Earth Through Molecular Function

May 17, 2017 — Debate exists over how life began on Earth, but a new study provides evidence for a 'metabolism-first' model. Scientists have traced the origins and evolution of molecular functions through ... read more

New Test to Rapidly Diagnose Sepsis

May 17, 2017 — Researchers have developed a test that can rapidly and reliably diagnose sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of bacterial ... read more

May 16, 2017 — A professor teamed with a local high school student on research that found injured plants will send out warning signals to neighboring plants. The signals are sent through airborne chemicals released ... read more

Undetected Ebola Infection in International Healthcare Workers Very Unlikely

May 16, 2017 — Undiagnosed Ebola virus infection was probably very rare in international workers who were deployed during the 2013-2015 outbreak of the virus in West Africa, despite mild and asymptomatic cases of ... read more

May 16, 2017 — An international team of researchers is now one step closer to eliminating a deadly parasitic disease responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of people around the world every ... read more

May 16, 2017 — Dental plaque and the viscous brown slime in drainpipes are two familiar examples of bacterial biofilms. Removing such bacterial depositions from surfaces is often very difficult, in part because ... read more

May 16, 2017 — An international study has discovered the molecular mechanism by which the potentially deadly superbug 'Golden Staph' evades antibiotic treatment, providing the first important clues on how ... read more

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