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Protein Compass Guides Amoebas Toward Their Prey

10 years ago from Science Daily

Amoebas glide toward their prey with the help of a protein switch that controls a molecular compass, biologists have discovered.

Making Flies Sick Reveals New Role For Growth Factors In Immunity

10 years ago from Science Daily

A salmonella infection is not a positive experience. However, by infecting the common laboratory fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster with a Salmonella strain known for causing humans intestinal grief, researchers have...

Mapping A Clan Of Mobile Selfish Genes

10 years ago from Science Daily

Alu retrotransposons are gradually changing human DNA by making copies of themselves and "jumping" to new locations. Their activity appears to depend on being able to mimic parts of the...

Novel Marker Of Colon Cancer

10 years ago from Science Daily

The studies examined the gene profiles in non-invasive and invasive colon cancer using laser microdissection and polypeptide analysis. Their result indicated that combined use of polypeptide analysis might identify early...

Suicide linked to brain changes

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

The brains of people who commit suicide are chemically different to those who die from other causes, a study suggests.

Female Plant 'Communicates' Rejection Or Acceptance Of Male

10 years ago from Science Daily

Without eyes or ears, plants must rely on the interaction of molecules to determine appropriate mating partners and avoid inbreeding. In a new study, University of Missouri researchers have identified...

Toxic snails offer pain relief

10 years ago from Science Alert

Queensland scientists have discovered that the venom of toxic cone shells could be used to effectively control chronic pain in humans.

THE ROUNDUP: Science and Nature News Around the Web

10 years ago from National Geographic

World's longest insect found; drug can erase memories; beetles threaten New England trees; and more.

Sensitive Ultrasound To Spot Early-stage Cancer

10 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed highly sensitive ultrasound equipment that can detect tiny quantities of reflective microbubbles engineered to stick to specific tumor cells. The technique should pick up tumors early and...

The Biological Clock's Incredible Influence Revealed

10 years ago from Live Science

Bread mold is helping scientists learn about our biological clocks.

Ecosystem-level Consequences Of Frog Extinctions

10 years ago from Science Daily

Streams that once sang with the croaks, chirps and ribbits of dozens of frog species have gone silent. They're victims of a fungus that's decimating amphibian populations worldwide. Such catastrophic...

First Gene For Clubfoot Identified

10 years ago from Science Daily

Clubfoot, one of the most common birth defects, has long been thought to have a genetic component. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report they...

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News

10 years ago from UPI

Endeavour is moved to its new launch pad … New cancer drug is called impressive … Global warming produces new life form … Scientists discover how antibiotic works ... Health/Science...

Genetic mutation linked to club foot

10 years ago from CBC: Health

Club foot, one of the most common birth defects, may be caused by a genetic mutation, a finding that opens the door to genetic counselling, prevention and treatment, researchers said...

Rare genetic disorder is a double challenge for Grain Valley family

10 years ago from Physorg

One day ... one moment ... one step at a time. Ever since she got the news, sitting dumbfounded in that little office, every cliche about how to live life...

Sub-Saharan Africa news in brief: 9–23 October

10 years ago from SciDev

A petrochemical company boosts South African science, Malawi rethinks its HIV programme, antimalarials don't decrease fertility, and more.

Picking Up Good Vibrations (With Limitations)

10 years ago from NY Times Health

Hearing aids provide many benefits, but they do not restore hearing to normal, and that is a tough lesson to learn for many people who use them.

Bonobo females hunt and eat monkeys, researchers find

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

The discovery among bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo runs contrary to the belief that hunting among primates stems from male dominance and aggression. ...

Biofuel boom endangers orangutan habitat

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

Palm oil plantations are encroaching on rain forest reserves on the Indonesia island of Borneo, where the endangered primates live. ...

Biologists Discover Gene Behind 'Plant Sex Mystery'

10 years ago from Science Daily

An enigma -- unique to flowering plants -- has been solved by researchers from the UK and South Korea. Scientists already knew that flowering plants require not one, but two...

'Extinct' cockatoo rediscovered in Indonesia: researchers

10 years ago from Physorg

A species of cockatoo feared to have become extinct has been "rediscovered" with the sighting of a handful of breeding pairs on a remote Indonesian island, researchers said Thursday.

CORRECTED: Hippie apes make war as well as love, study finds

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

(Corrects Oct 13 story to show bonobos hunt monkeys not chimps)

ANIMAL PHOTOS WEEKLY: Leopard Cub, Horned Frog, More

10 years ago from National Geographic

A Persian leopard cub looks into the camera, a two-headed turtle is discovered, and more in our weekly update of animal photos.

Video: Fluorescent feline a scientific breakthrough?

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Oct. 22: Meet 'Mr. Green-genes', a tabby cat who glows in the dark. His hue could be helpful in furthering genetic research.'s Keva Andersen reports. (

Recipes for Health: Potato and Leek Gratin With Cumin

10 years ago from NY Times Health

A main dish gratin with a Mediterranean flavor.

Blowing Bubbles On A Nanoscale

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists are puzzled by the nanobubbles that can develop on surfaces under water. It should be impossible for them to exist but nevertheless they remain intact for hours. They are...

Fitness In A Changing World: Genetics And Adaptations Of Alaskan Stickleback Fish

10 years ago from Science Daily

The stickleback fish, Gasterosteus aculeatus, is one of the most thoroughly studied organisms in the wild, and has been a particularly useful model for understanding variation in physiology, behavior, life...

Fish farms catching on in Malawi

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Aquaculture is bringing food security to hundreds of families in drought prone areas of Malawi.