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Team sheds light on Alzheimer's mystery

11 years ago from MIT Research

In work that could lead to new drugs to target Alzheimer's disease, MIT researchers and colleagues have shed light on one of the molecular mysteries surrounding this common form of...

Escape Cancer, But Age Sooner? The Dark Side Of The Tumor Suppressing Process

11 years ago from Science Daily

Cells shut down and stop dividing when their DNA is damaged so as to prevent damaged DNA from leading to unregulated cell division and therefore cancer. However, a new study...

Marine animal homing theory developed

11 years ago from UPI

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists have a new theory to explain how some marine animals find their way back to their birthplace to spawn...

How Wildlife Corridors Work Over Time

11 years ago from Science Daily

At the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, there are five strange looking "patches" cleared out of the surrounding forest. No, they're not crop circles carved by aliens. They're actually...

Online tool for protein analysis created

11 years ago from UPI

STANFORD, Calif., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. geneticist says he has created an online database that can, without charge, provide scientists around the world with a tool...

How Mosquitoes Avoid Succumbing To Viruses They Transmit

11 years ago from Science Daily

Mosquitoes can spread viruses which cause disease without themselves getting sick. Scientists long thought that the mosquito didn't care whether it had a virus hitchhiker, but have now discovered, "there...

Agriculture: Gray Mold's Killer Gene Discovered

11 years ago from Science Daily

Gray mold is a gardener’s nightmare. The fungus, also known by its scientific name Botrytis cinerea, is a scourge to more than 200 agricultural and ornamental plant species, including staples...

Gene Associated With Age-related Hearing Loss Identified

11 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers discovered a common variant in the GRM7 gene, which they believe may be associated with susceptibility to glutamate excitotoxicity and hearing loss.

"Year Of The Gorilla" Is Launched

11 years ago from CBSNews - Science

An effort to raise money for primates threatened with extinction from disease, hunting and deforestation was begun.

Viral DNA in bacterial genome could hold key to novel cystic fibrosis treatments

11 years ago from Biology News Net

The bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is well known for its environmental versatility, ability to cause infection in humans, and its capacity to resist antibiotics. P. aeruginosa is the most common...

Tool helps identify gene function in soybeans

11 years ago from Biology News Net

In the race for bioengineered crops, sequencing the genome could be considered the first leg in a multi-leg relay. Once the sequence is complete, the baton is passed forward to...

Discovery of virus in lemur could shed light on AIDS

11 years ago from

The genome of a squirrel-sized, saucer-eyed lemur from Madagascar may help scientists understand how HIV-like viruses coevolved with primates, according to new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine....

New movement models tested at the Smithsonian in Panama

11 years ago from

Feeling threatened? Hungry? Looking for a mate? Move! Tracking and remote sensing data are making it easier to locate organisms and find out what they are up to. However, general...

Endangered sawfish focus of national collection and recovery efforts

11 years ago from

The University of Florida, keeper of the world's shark attack records, is also now overseeing a national records collection for another toothy marine predator: the sawfish...

Imitation is not just flattery for Amazon butterfly species

11 years ago from Physorg

Many studies of evolution focus on the benefits to the individual of competing successfully - those who survive produce the most offspring, in Darwin's classic 'survival of the fittest'....

Possible Mechanism For Creating 'Handedness' In Biological Molecules

11 years ago from Science Daily

The basic molecules that make up all living things have a predetermined chirality or "handedness," similar to the way people are right or left handed. This chirality has a profound...

Palm oil offers no green solution

11 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

A major international study says palm oil plantations reduce plant and animal diversity, and do little to reduce carbon emissions.

Danger Detector Found in Mice

11 years ago from Live Science

One whiff of an alarm pheromone sends figurative shivers down a mouse's little spine.

Vitamin D found to fight placental infection

11 years ago from Physorg

In a paper available at the online site of the journal Biology of Reproduction, a team of UCLA researchers reports for the first time that vitamin D induces immune responses...

Male prostitutes need more help from society: study

11 years ago from CBC: Health

Male prostitution exists in Saskatchewan and the people involved need more help from society, according to a report released Monday.

VIDEO: Deep Sea Robo-Help

11 years ago from National Geographic

Scientists searching the depths of the ocean for undiscovered marine life off the coast of Maine get help from a well-equipped robot.

VIDEO: Rangers Return to Congo Park

11 years ago from National Geographic

A deal between the government and rebel leaders has enabled rangers to return to Congo's Virunga National Park to look after endangered mountain gorillas.

Reprogrammable cell type depends on a single gene to keep its identity

11 years ago from

Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have discovered that a certain differentiated cell type is so ready to change its identity that it requires the constant expression of a...

'Deranged Calcium Signaling' Contributes To Neurological Disorder

11 years ago from Science Daily

Defective calcium metabolism in nerve cells may play a major role in a fatal genetic neurological disorder that resembles Huntington's disease, researchers have found in a mouse study.

Insights Into Adaptive Ability Of Cells May Help Explain How Cancer Eludes Body's Natural Defense

11 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have shed light on the ability of cells to adapt to disruptions to their basic division machineries -- a finding that may help explain how cancer cells elude the...

Beetles May Be Source Of Food-Borne Pathogens In Broiler Flocks

11 years ago from Science Daily

A new study suggests that darkling beetles and their larvae can transmit harmful food-borne pathogens to chicks in broiler houses in successive rearing cycles.

Kidney Function Discovery Sheds Light On Genetic Complexity Of Disease

11 years ago from Science Daily

To find a cure for cancer, hemophilia and other diseases, researchers need to be looking for complex, interacting genetic factors, according to the authors of a new study.

US chemical industry wary of facilities danger list

11 years ago from Chemistry World

Think tank report names 101 most dangerous chemical plants and criticises security efforts