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UNC researchers discover cascade of gene activity during journey to maturation in fruit flies
NEWS MEDICAL Every animal starts as a clump of cells, which over time multiply and mature into many different types of cells,... 6 hours
Marine species distribution shifts will continue under ocean warming
PHYS.ORG Scientists using a high-resolution global climate model and historical observations of species distributions on the Northeast U.S. Shelf have found that commercially important species will continue to shift their distribution... 10 hours
Preliminary: BRCA variations may work alongside COMT variation to reduce breast cancer
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers find through looking at genetic data sets of presumed cancer-free women who carry BRCA 1/2 variants, the co-occurrence of a rare COMT genetic... 12 hours
Two genetic variants in bicuspid aortic valve development
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers report a key protein is affected during heart valve formation, in the first genome-wide study of bicuspid aortic valve. 12 hours
Increased leaf abundance is a double-edged sword
SCIENCE DAILY A new global assessment reveals that increases in leaf abundance are causing boreal areas to warm and arid regions to cool. The results suggest that recent changes in global vegetation have had impacts on... 12 hours
Controlling 3-D behavior of biological cells using laser holographic techniques
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists have developed an optical manipulation technique that can freely control the position, orientation, and shape of microscopic samples having complex shapes. 12 hours
CRKL in 22q11.2; a key gene that contributes to common birth defects
SCIENCE DAILY The research findings imply that patients with genitourinary birth defects due to 22q11.2 changes in gene dosage should also be evaluated for other potential... 12 hours
Balancing rights and responsibilities in insurers' access to genetic test results
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have compared the regulation of life insurers' use of genetic information in the UK, Canada, and Australia. 12 hours
The perils of publishing location data for endangered species
SCIENCE DAILY While the increasing accessibility of data from scientific studies creates many benefits -- and represents a process that should be broadly embraced -- in the context of conserving endangered species... 12 hours
Citizen Scientists Identify Prehistoric Supernova
SPACE.COM Over 700 volunteer citizen scientists have helped identify more than 30,000 celestial objects, including a star explosion that occurred 970 million years ago, hundreds of millions of years before dinosaurs emerged on Earth. 14 hours
Global increase in replication fork speed during a p57KIP2-regulated erythroid cell fate switch
Science Magazine Cell cycle regulators are increasingly implicated in cell fate decisions, such as the acquisition or loss of pluripotency and self-renewal potential. The... 14 hours
Photonic-plasmonic hybrid single-molecule nanosensor measures the effect of fluorescent labels on DNA-protein dynamics
Science Magazine Current methods to study molecular interactions require labeling the subject molecules with fluorescent reporters. However, the effect of the fluorescent reporters on... 14 hours
Directional mechanical stability of Bacteriophage {varphi}29 motors 3WJ-pRNA: Extraordinary robustness along portal axis
Science Magazine The molecular motor exploited by bacteriophage 29 to pack DNA into its capsid is regarded as one of the most powerful mechanical... 14 hours
Chewbacca to Jabba the Hutt: 10 Real 'Star Wars' Beasts in the Animal Kingdom
LIVE SCIENCE From Star Wars characters Wookies to the sarlacc in the Pit of Carkoon, here are 10 creatures you might recognize... 14 hours
Dog skull study reveals genetic changes linked to face shape
SCIENCE DAILY A study of dog DNA has revealed a genetic mutation linked to flat face shapes such as those seen in pugs and bulldogs. 14 hours
Fungal enzymes team up to more efficiently break down cellulose
PHYS.ORG One of the biggest barriers in the commercial production of sustainable biofuels is to cost-effectively break down the bioenergy crops into sugars that can then be converted into... 16 hours
Darwin was right: Females prefer sex with good listeners
PHYS.ORG Almost 150 years after Charles Darwin first proposed a little-known prediction from his theory of sexual selection, researchers have found that male moths with larger antennae are better at detecting... 16 hours
Massive Marine Reptile Terrorized Squid During the Dinosaur Age
LIVE SCIENCE A newly identified, 130-million-year-old marine reptile was enormous, measuring the length of nearly three grand pianos lined up, but it wasn't a top marine predator, a new study finds. 16 hours
Bacteria with multicolor vision
MIT Red, green, and blue light can be used to control gene expression in engineered E. coli. 17 hours
Isolated Greek villages reveal genetic secrets that protect against heart disease
SCIENCE DAILY A genetic variant that protects the heart against cardiovascular disease has been discovered. The cardioprotective variant was found in an isolated Greek population, who are known... 18 hours
DNA ladders: Inexpensive molecular rulers for DNA research
SCIENCE DAILY New license-free tools will allow researchers to estimate the size of DNA fragments for a fraction of the cost of currently available methods. The tools, called a DNA ladders, can gauge DNA... 18 hours
The high cost of communication among social bees
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—Eusocial insects are predominantly dependent on chemosensory communication to coordinate social organization and define group membership. As the social complexity of a species increases, individual members require a greater diversity of signals.... 18 hours
Knowledge gap on the origin of sex
SCIENCE DAILY There are significant gaps in our knowledge on the evolution of sex, according to a research review on sex chromosomes. Even after more than a century of study, researchers do not know enough about... 18 hours
Innate genetic advantage contributes to better outcomes in newborn infant girls than boys, research shows
NEWS MEDICAL Newborn infant girls have better outcomes than their male counterparts due to an innate genetic advantage in responding... 19 hours
Swiss scientists create artificial viruses to combat cancer cells
NEWS MEDICAL Swiss scientists from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and the University of Basel have created artificial viruses that can be used to target cancer. 19 hours
Daily Consumption of Fruits, Vegetables May Reduce Risk of Blockages in Leg Arteries
SCI-NEWS.COM A new study published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and... 19 hours
Dog DNA influences face shape
PHYS.ORG A study of dog DNA has revealed a genetic mutation linked to flat face shapes such as those seen in pugs and bulldogs. 19 hours
OGT makes several advances in hybridization-based targeted sequencing
NEWS MEDICAL Oxford Gene Technology, The Molecular Genetics Company, has made several advances in hybridisation-based target enrichment protocols that now enable researchers to prepare samples for sequencing in just one day. 19 hours
Researchers discover cardioprotective genetic variant in isolated Greek population
NEWS MEDICAL A genetic variant that protects the heart against cardiovascular disease has been discovered by researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their collaborators. 20 hours
Modifying cell wall can increase bacterial lipids
PHYS.ORG If you want to create sustainable biofuels from less and for less, you've got a range of options. And one of those options is to go microbial, enlisting the help of tiny but powerful... 20 hours
Pregnant rays and babies pay a price after 'catch and release' from fishing trawlers
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Rays are among the species most vulnerable to overfishing and are often caught incidentally in commercial trawlers and released as... 20 hours
Nanopore technology makes leap from DNA sequencing to identifying proteins
PHYS.ORG In the May issue of PLOS Computational Biology, scientists from UC San Diego and the University of Notre Dame report on a study that could open up the... 21 hours
DNA research provides new hope for a bird on the brink
PHYS.ORG In a fresh bid to save the southern black-throated finch from extinction, researchers are turning to a novel analysis of DNA to help plot a path... 21 hours
Nitrogen fixation research could shed light on biological mystery
PHYS.ORG Inspired by a natural process found in certain bacteria, a team of Caltech researchers is inching closer to a new method for producing fertilizer that could some day hold benefits... 21 hours
Scientists are accidentally helping poachers drive rare species to extinction
PHYS.ORG If you open Google and start typing "Chinese cave gecko", the text will auto-populate to "Chinese cave gecko for sale" – just US$150, with delivery. This extremely rare species is... 21 hours
How dinosaurs may have evolved into birds
PHYS.ORG Tohoku University researchers and their international collaborators have identified a possible genetic mechanism underlying the evolution of birds, according to a recently published study in Nature Communications. 22 hours
DNA ladders: Inexpensive molecular rulers for DNA research
PHYS.ORG New, license-free DNA ladders will allow researchers to estimate the size of fragments of DNA for a fraction of the cost of currently available methods. A research team of undergraduate students led... 23 hours
Knowledge gap on the origin of sex
PHYS.ORG There are significant gaps in our knowledge on the evolution of sex, according to a research review on sex chromosomes from Lund University in Sweden. Even after more than a century of study, researchers... 1 day
Study suggests Zika virus poses wider threat in human pregnancies
NEWS MEDICAL Zika virus infection passes efficiently from a pregnant monkey to its fetus, spreading inflammatory damage throughout the tissues that support the fetus and the fetus's developing nervous system,... 1 day
Genetic risk factor for equine eye cancer identified
SCIENCE DAILY A genetic mutation in horses has been identified that should help identify horses that are at risk for squamous cell carcinoma of the eye and enable horse owners to make informed breeding... 1 day
Preliminary study: Co-occurrence of COMT and BRCA 1/2 variants may reduce breast cancer incidence
NEWS MEDICAL Research looking at genomic data from women with a genetic risk for breast cancer, who may never develop cancer, found... 1 day
Researchers develop new method for rapidly sorting HIV viruses
NEWS MEDICAL Researchers at EMBL, ESPCI Paris, and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative have developed a new technique for rapidly sorting HIV viruses, which could lead to more rapid development of a... 1 day
Changing climate could have devastating impact on forest carbon storage
SCIENCE DAILY Biologists have shown what could be a startling drop in the amount of carbon stored in the Sierra Nevada mountains due to projected climate change and wildfire events. 1 day
Satellites reveal contrasting responses of regional climate to the widespread greening of Earth
Science Magazine Changes in vegetation cover associated to the observed greening may affect several biophysical processes, whose net effects on climate are unclear. Here,... 1 day
RNA polymerase motions during promoter melting
Science Magazine All cellular RNA polymerases (RNAPs), from those of bacteria to those of man, possess a clamp that can open and close, and it has been assumed that the open RNAP separates promoter DNA strands and then... 1 day
Ancestral alliances: Plant mutualistic symbioses with fungi and bacteria
Science Magazine Within the plant microbiota, mutualistic fungal and bacterial symbionts are striking examples of microorganisms playing crucial roles in nutrient acquisition. They have coevolved with their hosts since initial plant adaptation... 1 day
Tudor-SN-mediated endonucleolytic decay of human cell microRNAs promotes G1/S phase transition
Science Magazine MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs that regulate gene expression. The pathways that mediate mature miRNA decay are less well understood than those that mediate miRNA... 1 day
Fossil power, guilt free
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Trapping RNA polymerase in the act
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Scientists Pinpoint How A Flamingo Balances On One Leg
NPR What appears to be a feat actually requires almost no muscle effort from the bird. The researchers found even a dead flamingo's body will fall into a stable one-leg balance... 1 day
Ancient genetic markers in sockeye salmon can help manage healthier fish stocks
SCIENCE DAILY A recent study identifies new genetic markers in sockeye salmon that can help improve management of fish populations. 1 day
Predicting threats to rainforests: New approach
SCIENCE DAILY A new study highlights novel approaches to tackling deforestation. The team focused their research on Borneo, an island that has lost a staggering 30 percent of its forest since the 1970s and is among the most... 1 day
Viral protein may help chickenpox virus spread within the body
SCIENCE DAILY The virus that causes chickenpox -- varicella zoster virus (VZV) -- possesses a protein that could enhance its ability to hijack white blood cells and spread throughout the... 2 days
Mountain honey bees have ancient adaptation for high-altitude foraging
SCIENCE DAILY Mountain-dwelling East African honey bees have distinct genetic variations compared to their savannah relatives that likely help them to survive at high altitudes, report researchers. 2 days
Call to keep secrets on rare species draws reluctant support
Science Magazine Poachers often read research papers too 2 days
How whales got so big, sperm in space, and a first look at Jupiter’s poles
Science Magazine This week we have stories on strange dimming at a not-so-distant star, sending sperm to the International Space... 2 days
Mountain honey bees have ancient adaptation for high-altitude foraging
PHYS.ORG Mountain-dwelling East African honey bees have distinct genetic variations compared to their savannah relatives that likely help them to survive at high altitudes, report Martin Hasselmann of the University of... 2 days
New species of bus-sized fossil marine reptile unearthed in Russia
SCIENCE DAILY A new species of a fossil pliosaur (large predatory marine reptile from the 'age of dinosaur') has been found in Russia and profoundly change how we understand the... 2 days
Study finds two genetic variants linked to bicuspid aortic valve development
NEWS MEDICAL Researchers are working to determine why the aortic valve doesn't form correctly in patients with the most common congenital heart defect: bicuspid aortic valve. 2 days
Scientists identify key gene in 22q11.2 that contributes to genitourinary birth defects
NEWS MEDICAL The 22q11.2 region of human chromosome 22 is a hotspot for a variety of birth defects. Scientists learned about this region because it is... 2 days
In fruit fly and human genetics, timing is everything
SCIENCE DAILY Using fruit flies, researchers have discovered a cascade of molecular signals that program gene activity to drive the fly from one stage of maturation to the next, like a baby... 2 days
In fruit fly and human genetics, timing is everything
PHYS.ORG Every animal starts as a clump of cells, which over time multiply and mature into many different types of cells, tissues, and organs. This is fundamental biology. Yet, the details... 2 days
Ancient DNA evidence shows hunter-gatherers and farmers were intimately linked
SCIENCE DAILY In human history, the transition from hunting and gathering to farming is a significant one. As such, hunter-gatherers and farmers are usually thought about as two entirely different... 2 days
Scientists identify genetic risk factor for equine squamous cell carcinoma
NEWS MEDICAL Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common cancer found in equine eyes and the second most common tumor of the horse overall. Thanks to a recent genetic... 2 days
Paleontologists Identify New Pliosaur Species: Luskhan itilensis
SCI-NEWS.COM A new species of marine reptile from the Cretaceous period has been identified from fossils found on the eroded banks of the... 2 days
Baby marmosets learn to ‘talk’ just like we do
Science Magazine Find may shed light on evolution of human speech 2 days
Ancient genetic markers in sockeye salmon can help manage healthier fish stocks
PHYS.ORG A recent study from UBC's Okanagan campus identifies new genetic markers in sockeye salmon that can help improve management of fish populations. 2 days
Ancient DNA evidence shows hunter-gatherers and farmers were intimately linked
PHYS.ORG In human history, the transition from hunting and gathering to farming is a significant one. As such, hunter-gatherers and farmers are usually thought about as two entirely different... 2 days
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PHYS.ORG VIDEO An artistic collaboration between musician and sound producer Max Cooper, respected visual artist Andy Lomas and researchers from the Babraham Institute in Cambridge has produced an emotive new way for anyone to experience the elegance and complexity of... 2 days
New species of bus-sized fossil marine reptile unearthed in Russia
PHYS.ORG A new species of a fossil pliosaur (large predatory marine reptile from the 'age of dinosaur') has been found in Russia and profoundly change how we understand the... 2 days
Marmoset monkeys learn to call the same way human infants learn to babble
PHYS.ORG A baby's babbles start to sound like speech more quickly if they get frequent vocal feedback from adults. Princeton University researchers have... 2 days
Researchers find crucial clue to manipulating reproduction in plants
PHYS.ORG A team of researchers, led by a plant cell biologist at the University of California, Riverside, has for the first time identified a small RNA species and its target gene... 2 days
Fossil beetles suggest that LA climate has been relatively stable for 50,000 years
SCIENCE DAILY Research based on more than 180 fossil insects preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles indicate that the climate... 2 days
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Secret weapon of smart bacteria tracked to 'sweet tooth'
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have figured out how a once-defeated bacterium has re-emerged to infect cotton in a battle that could sour much of the Texas and US crop. And it boils down... 2 days
Spinach genome will make more than Popeye stronger
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers report a new draft genome of Spinacia oleracea, better known as spinach. Additionally, the authors have sequenced the transcriptomes (all the RNA) of 120 cultivated and wild spinach plants, which has... 2 days
9 Animals with 'Star Wars'-Inspired Names
LIVE SCIENCE Though the process of naming a species has to follow certain rules, there's also room for adding a personal touch — or even a whimsical one. These "Star Wars"-inspired examples are the species you've been looking... 2 days
How polyomavirus tricks our cells into helping it build its invasion route
SCIENCE DAILY If every cell in our body is a factory, viruses are industrial spies who try to break in and take over. New findings about... 2 days
How Ebola disables people's immune defenses
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists have unlocked mysteries of how the Ebola virus hampers the body's natural defenses to speed the rate of infection and its accompanying lethal disease, according to a new report. 2 days
Ptooey! Tree-Climbing Goats Spread Seeds by Spitting
LIVE SCIENCE Tree-climbing goats in Morocco give their roosts a boost … by spitting the trees' seeds on the ground. 2 days
Enzyme Indicators proven as valuable tool for validation of hydrogen peroxide decontamination processes
NEWS MEDICAL Enzyme Indicators (EI’s) have been proven as a revolutionary viable alternative to biological indicators (BI’s) for Hydrogen Peroxide decontamination validation. 2 days
Helping plants pump iron
SCIENCE DAILY Genetic variants have been identified that help plants grow in low-iron environments, which could improve crop yields, say researchers. 2 days
Ineffective antibiotics form strong teams against deadly super bacteria
SCIENCE DAILY Combinations of three antibiotics -- that are each ineffective against superbugs when used alone -- are capable of eradicating two of the six ESKAPE pathogens when delivered together, scientists have... 2 days
Scientists borrow from electronics to build circuits in living cells
SCIENCE DAILY Synthetic biology researchers have demonstrated a new method for digital information processing in living cells, analogous to the logic gates used in electric circuits. The circuits are the... 2 days
Miami is key point for transmission of Zika virus to the US
NEWS MEDICAL Scientists at the Scripps Translational Science Institute (TSRI) have mapped the entry of the Zika virus into the US by analysing its DNA. Miami... 2 days
Our 'selfish' genes contain the seeds of our destruction – but there might be a fix
PHYS.ORG The human race is in so much trouble that it needs to colonise another planet within... 2 days
Changing climate could have devastating impact on forest carbon storage
PHYS.ORG New research from a multi-university team of biologists shows what could be a startling drop in the amount of carbon stored in the Sierra Nevada mountains due to... 2 days
Modeling invasive activity: Zebra mussels' infiltration of North American rivers
PHYS.ORG The invasion of nonnative species has widespread and detrimental effects on both local and global ecosystems. These intruders often spread and multiply prolifically, overtake and displace native species,... 2 days
Dingoes to the rescue?
PHYS.ORG Could dingoes be the answer to controlling the havoc red foxes wreak on native and domestic animal populations? 2 days
Approach tested at FAU first to look at dolphin immune system
PHYS.ORG For humans, there are hundreds of antibodies available on the market today to evaluate immune status in health and diseases. However, for the more than 42... 2 days
Controlling 3-D behavior of biological cells using laser holographic techniques
PHYS.ORG A research team led by Professor YongKeun Park of the Physics Department at KAIST has developed an optical manipulation technique that can freely control the position, orientation, and... 2 days
Genetic risk factor for equine eye cancer identified
PHYS.ORG Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common cancer found in equine eyes and the second most common tumor of the horse overall. Thanks to a recent genetic study led by UC... 2 days
Largest psoriasis meta-analysis to date yields new genetic clues
SCIENCE DAILY The identification of 16 additional genetic markers will help researchers get closer to understanding how -- and why -- psoriasis develops. 2 days
Water is surprisingly ordered on the nanoscale
SCIENCE DAILY The surface of minuscule water drops with a 100 nm size is surprisingly ordered, new research shows. At room temperature, the surface water molecules of these droplets have much stronger interactions than a normal... 2 days
Amazingly flexible: Learning to read in your 30s profoundly transforms the brain
SCIENCE DAILY Reading is such a modern cultural invention that there is no specific area in the brain dedicated to it. Scientists have found that learning... 2 days
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Pregnant rays and babies pay a price after 'catch and release' from fishing trawlers
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Expressing genetic interactions through music
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Birds, bees and other critters have scruples, and for good reason
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Volunteers help astronomers find star that exploded 970 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs
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New project uses phones and drones to monitor endangered species
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Sequencing of green alga genome provides blueprint to advance clean energy, bioproducts
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Researchers show laser-induced graphene kills bacteria, resists biofouling
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