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July 29, 2016

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July 29, 2016

New Cloud-Computing Platform to Further the Analysis of Microbial Genomes

July 29, 2016 — A cloud-based microbial bioinformatics resource has been developed by researchers, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in the ... read more

Real-Time Imaging of Fish Gut Ties Bacterial Competition to Gut Movements

July 26, 2016 — In recent years, numerous diseases have been tied to variations in gut microbiota. The probiotics industry targets gut and intestinal health by developing products built mostly around enzyme cultures ... read more

Fermenting Carbon Monoxide Into Biofuel

July 26, 2016 — Biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the biofuel ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide -- a common industrial waste ... read more

July 26, 2016 — A regulatory protein named ERI-1 helps ensure that all cells in a tissue remain identical to one another, a research team has discovered for the first time. The work involved an unusual collaboration ... read more

July 26, 2016 — Scientists have identified a novel virus -- 'Poecivirus' -- that has been linked to avian keratin disorder (AKD), a disease responsible for debilitating beak overgrowth and whose cause has ... read more

Plasma Technology Can Be Tapped to Kill Biofilms on Perishable Fruit, Foods

July 26, 2016 — Seeing fruit 'turn bad and going to waste' inspired a team of researchers in China to explore using atmospheric pressure nonequilibrium plasma as a novel solution to extend the shelf life ... read more

Migratory Birds Are Not a Reservoir for Highly Pathogenic Flu Viruses, Evidence Suggests

July 25, 2016 — The H5 avian influenza A virus that devastated North American poultry farms in 2014-15 was initially spread by migratory waterfowl, but evidence suggests such highly pathogenic flu viruses do not ... read more

July 25, 2016 — A study of sepals in Arabidopsis plants reveals the mystery of how uniformity in flowers and organs occurs. In the study, the diverse international team used an interdisciplinary approach that ... read more

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

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