Science In The News Biology Assignment

Mar. 12, 2018 — Research finds system of microtubule rails inside cells can adjust its own stability. New work shows how a microscopic 'railway' system in our cells can optimize its structure to better ... read more


Mar. 12, 2018 — A new study shows that cattle ranching, agriculture and other human activities breaking up Costa Rican forests into isolated patchy fragments, are causing more problems for native plant populations ... read more


Mar. 12, 2018 — New research shows how a microscopic 'railway' system in our cells can optimize its structure to better suit our bodies' ... read more


Mar. 12, 2018 — Widely used as biomonitors of air quality, forest health and climate change, lichens play a vital role. However, no overview of their diversity across the emblematic Alps had been provided up until ... read more


Computers Discover Compounds That Could Reduce Listeria's Virulence

Mar. 12, 2018 — Researchers have pinpointed new compounds that may be effective in containing the virulence -- or ability to produce disease -- of Listeria, a well-known bacterium that can cause severe food ... read more


Mar. 12, 2018 — Researchers showed how a common virus hijacks a host cell's protein to assemble new ... read more


Plants Overcome Hunger With the Aid of Autophagy

Mar. 12, 2018 — Researchers have found that plants activate autophagy in their leaf cells to derive amino acids that are used for survival under energy-starved 'hunger' conditions. The findings show that ... read more


Early Warning System for Deadly Amphibian Pathogen

Mar. 12, 2018 — Environmental DNA is a new technology that detects telltale bits of genetic material that living creatures shed into their environment. Scientists demonstrate for the first time that it can be used ... read more


Mar. 12, 2018 — Scientists have established that collagen derived from fish scales could be effective for various biomedical applications such as wound ... read more


Mar. 12, 2018 — The young of two new species and a genus of frog found to inhabit Sumatra's rainforests have developed a unique ability to latch onto rocks in the fast-flowing rivers, using bellies crafted by ... read more


Mar. 12, 2018 — Biologists report that eBird observations match trends in bird species populations measured by US government surveys to within 0.4 ... read more


Mar. 9, 2018 — Researchers found that the fruit fly blood brain barrier has a molecular clock that makes it more or less penetrable during over 24 hours. Giving mutant flies a drug for treating seizures at night ... read more


Defect in Cells' Antenna Linked to Deformed Organs in Zebrafish

Mar. 9, 2018 — A protein at the base of the 'antenna' of many of the body's cells is vital to a crucial type of cell signal and to whether organs like the heart develop correctly, a test with ... read more


Mar. 9, 2018 — A motley band of citizen scientists -- including a high school student and a retired businesswoman -- teamed up with a botanist to build a tool that lets the public participate in a research project ... read more


Heat Shock System Helps Bug Come Back to Life After Drying Up

Mar. 9, 2018 — The larva of the sleeping chironomid, Polypedilum vanderplanki -- a mosquito-like insect that inhabits semi-arid areas of Africa -- is well known for being able to come back to life after being ... read more


Plant-Derived Volatiles May Serve as Future Antifungals

Mar. 9, 2018 — A research team has developed a novel screening method to identify antimicrobial properties of volatile substances. With this assay, they tested the vapour-phase-mediated activity of 175 essential ... read more


Meal Times May Be Key to Managing Malaria, Parasite Study Shows

Mar. 9, 2018 — Malaria infections might be brought under control by managing the meal times of infected people or animals, a study ... read more


Mar. 9, 2018 — A research team has published a new model which allows studying magnetoreception. Analyzing zebrafish and medaka fish allowed the researchers to measure brain activity during magnetic stimulation and ... read more


Mar. 9, 2018 — A new study predicts that the effects of climate change will severely impact the Albertine Rift, one of Africa's most biodiverse regions and a place not normally associated with global ... read more


Mar. 8, 2018 — Bacterial spores store information about the individual growth history of their progenitor cells, thus retaining a "memory" that links the different stages of the bacterial life cycle. The ... read more


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Defect in Cells' Antenna Linked to Deformed Organs in Zebrafish

Mar. 9, 2018 — A protein at the base of the 'antenna' of many of the body's cells is vital to a crucial type of cell signal and to whether organs like the heart develop correctly, a test with ... read more


Can't Sleep? Could Be Down to Genetics

Mar. 9, 2018 — Researchers have identified specific genes that may trigger the development of sleep problems, and have also demonstrated a genetic link between insomnia and psychiatric disorders such as depression, ... read more


Mar. 9, 2018 — The importance of good nutrition in the early development of children has been recognized for many decades. Nutritional experiences in early life can have profound and long-lasting effects on body ... read more


Mar. 9, 2018 — Researchers have identified third-hand smoke, the toxic residues that linger on indoor surfaces and in dust long after a cigarette has been extinguished, as a health hazard nearly 10 years ago. Now a ... read more


Mesothelioma: Why Asbestos Is So Dangerous

Mar. 8, 2018 — Long, pointed asbestos fibers induce chronic inflammation, which can lead to cancer. Researchers have found underlying mechanisms for this and hope their results will help prevent ... read more


Understanding 'Disease Mechanisms' of ALS

Mar. 8, 2018 — Researchers are making strides in understanding the disease mechanism of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's ... read more


Uncovering the Genetics of Skeletal Muscle Growth and Regeneration

Mar. 8, 2018 — To investigate the mechanism behind skeletal muscle growth and regeneration, researchers bombarded zebrafish with chemical mutagen and screened for larvae with defective skeletal muscle structure. ... read more


Mar. 8, 2018 — Deleting a single gene from mosquitoes can make them highly resistant to the malaria parasite and thus much less likely to transmit the parasite to humans, according to a new ... read more


Having Children Can Make Women's Telomeres Seem 11 Years Older

Mar. 8, 2018 — Researchers found that women who have given birth have shorter telomeres than those who haven't. Telomeres are the end caps of DNA on our chromosomes, which help in DNA replication and get ... read more


Inherited Mutation Leads to Overproduction of Erythropoietin in Blood

Mar. 8, 2018 — A newly-discovered hereditary mutation is responsible for an increased production of erythropoietin (EPO) in the blood. This mutation causes a messenger RNA (mRNA) that is not normally involved in ... read more


Scientists Discover a Key Function of ALS-Linked Protein

Mar. 8, 2018 — The protein FUS, whose mutation or disruption causes many cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), works as a central component of one of the most important ... read more


Mar. 8, 2018 — Impaired transport processes in neurons contribute to diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Scientists have now identified key actors in these ... read more


New Way Found to Defeat HIV Latency

Mar. 8, 2018 — Researchers have found a mechanism for making HIV come out of hiding and become susceptible to anti-HIV ... read more


Link Between BRCA1 and Ewing Sarcoma

Mar. 7, 2018 — Scientists have discovered a surprising connection between a breast cancer protein, BRCA1, and a pediatric cancer called Ewing ... read more


Mar. 7, 2018 — Seizure suppression is the focus of an original research -- and they have the pictures to prove it. Their new work sheds new light on epilepsy, a chronic neurological disorder marked by recurrent, ... read more


36 New Genes Implicated in Cardiac Disease

Mar. 7, 2018 — A professor has developed a new personalized method to discover genes implicated in complex diseases. One of the ultimate goals of the research is to create personalized therapeutic drugs to reverse ... read more


Molecular Imaging Strategy for Determining Molecular Classifications of NSCLC

Mar. 7, 2018 — Recent findings suggest a novel positron emission tomography (PET) imaging approach determining epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation status for improved lung cancer patient ... read more


When Sepsis Patients Face Brain Impairment, Is Gut Bacteria to Blame?

Mar. 7, 2018 — Halting the voyage of gut bacteria to the brain could help prevent harmful brain inflammation after a sepsis infection, a new study ... read more


More Realistic and Accurate Organs-on-Chips

Mar. 7, 2018 — In a step toward better diagnosis and treatment of digestive conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, scientists report that they have developed a first-of-its-kind collagen-based membrane for ... read more


Mapping a Genetic Risk

Mar. 7, 2018 — Clinicians and health researchers often look at gene mutation to predict whether a fetus is at risk for a birth defect, or a person is at risk of developing a disease, but these predictions are not ... read more


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