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September 25, 2016

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September 25, 2016

Sep. 23, 2016 — In the female dog, cells of the uterus can accumulate lipid droplets to form so-called foamy epithelial cells during late metoestrus. These cells produce a hormone that is involved in the ... read more

Researchers Describe Key Protein Structure and a Drug Prototype That Could Assist Therapeutic Development

Sep. 21, 2016 — The three-dimensional, atomic structure of an important cell receptor molecule linked to the development of several diseases has now been described in a new ... read more

Sep. 21, 2016 — It seems like almost every week another food product is being recalled because of contamination. One of the more common culprits is a pathogenic strain of E. coli. To help prevent illnesses caused by ... read more

New Insights Into 'Plant Memories'

Sep. 21, 2016 — A special stretch of ribonucleic acid (RNA) called COOLAIR is revealing its inner structure and function to scientists, displaying a striking resemblance to an RNA molecular machine, territory ... read more

Sep. 21, 2016 — The microbial communities of toxic plant feeders in the Albufera lake in Valencia, Spain have been the focus of recent research. Aside from explaining the insects’ tolerance to a toxic diet, the ... read more

Sep. 21, 2016 — A mathematician may have discovered a key to understanding the constantly changing distribution of microbial species in the world’s oceans—classify microorganisms by their biochemical function, ... read more

A Protein in Mosquito Spit Can Keep Dengue Virus in Check

Sep. 20, 2016 — Mosquito saliva influences transmission of viruses to a bitten mammalian host. For example, it contains factors that dampen the host immune response and so facilitate infection. A study reports on a ... read more

Bright Idea for Detecting Harmful Bacteria in Food Products

Sep. 20, 2016 — Scientists looking for traces of E. coli O157:H7 contamination in foods soon could have a new detection method on their hands -- turning off the lights to see if the bacteria glow in the ... read more

Sep. 20, 2016 — For plants and algae that carry on photosynthesis, light can be too much of a good thing. On a bright, sunny day, a plant might only be able to utilize 20 percent or less of absorbed sunlight. The ... read more

Scientists Discover Interplay of Yin-Yang Antagonists Vital for Cell Division

Sep. 20, 2016 — A pair of large enzyme complexes attack each other in turn to form a molecular switch, which is essential for cell division, a new study has ... read more

Listening to the Body: Study Examines the Effects of Fasting on Infections

Sep. 20, 2016 — When people get sick with viral or bacterial infections, they often lose their appetite or avoid certain foods. According to a new study, such sickness-related food preferences may correlate with the ... read more

Sep. 19, 2016 — Plants have specialized immune receptor proteins on the surface of their cells, which detect specific molecular patterns, or ligands, on harmful bacteria. New research now reveals that these immune ... read more

Sep. 19, 2016 — Mosquitoes are more likely to feed on cattle than on humans if they carry a specific chromosomal rearrangement in their genome. This reduces their odds of transmitting the malaria parasite, according ... read more

Eggs from Small Flocks More Likely to Contain Salmonella Enteritidis

Sep. 19, 2016 — Eggs from small flocks of chickens are more likely to be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis than eggs sold in grocery stores, which typically come from larger flocks that are regulated by the ... read more

How a Bacterial Virulence Factor Promotes Its Own Secretion

Sep. 18, 2016 — Many bacteria depend on their ability to attach, or adhere, to our cells for the ability to cause disease. When their survival means disease for us, we often turn to antibiotics, but his miracle ... read more

Scientists Enhance Ability of Antibiotics to Defeat Resistant Types of Bacteria Using Molecules Called PPMOs

Sep. 17, 2016 — Researchers have developed a strategy to overcome a key defense that drug-resistant bacteria use to fend off antibiotic attack. Antibiotic resistance has become a major public health problem; the ... read more

Sep. 16, 2016 — After reconstructing the color patterns of a well-preserved dinosaur from China, researchers have found that the long-lost species Psittacosaurus (meaning "parrot lizard," a reference to ... read more

Sep. 16, 2016 — Why do some foodborne bacteria make us sick? A new study has found that pathogens in the intestinal tract cause harm because they benefit from immune system responses designed to repair the very ... read more

Sep. 16, 2016 — Millions of years ago, the ancestor of modern rattlesnakes was endowed with a genetic arsenal of toxic weaponry. But in a relatively short period of evolutionary time, different types of snakes kept ... read more

Sep. 15, 2016 — Researchers have identified a patient in Haiti with a serious mosquito-borne illness that has never before been reported in the Caribbean ... read more

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