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Deprived of a sense of smell, worms live longer

10 years ago from Biology News Net

Many animals live longer when raised on low calorie diets. But now researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that they can extend the life...

Mouse Genes Guide Search For Human Anxiety Disorder Genes

10 years ago from Science Daily

We are all familiar with the question "Are you a man or a mouse?" What if the answer is "a little of both"? Because of the power of molecular genetics...

Digesting The Termite Digestome: A Way To Make Biofuels?

10 years ago from Science Daily

If the biofuel known as bioethanol is to make a major contribution to our fuel supplies, then we may well require the assistance of some tiny insect helpers, says an...

Gene Mutation In Worms Key To Alcohol Tolerance

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have found that a genetic mutation in worms could further understanding of alcoholism in humans.

Scientists find way to erase memories in mice

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It seems like a movie plot, but scientists have developed a way to erase specific memories in mice while leaving others intact and not damaging the brain.

'New prostate' grown inside mouse

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Scientists have grown new prostate glands in mice, in another advance for stem cell technology.

Silencing a protein could kill T-Cells, reverse leukemia

10 years ago from Biology News Net

Blocking the signals from a protein that activates cells in the immune system could help kill cells that cause a rare form of blood cancer, according to physicists and oncologists...

Crossing Blood-Brain Barrier: Scientists Develop Drug Delivery System For Brain Cancers, Other Diseases

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have developed a new drug delivery system that is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier to reach and kill cancer cells in the brain. Following successful preclinical studies, the...

L.A. councilman wants to ban elephants at zoo

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

Tony Cardenas advocates against keeping the animals in enclosures at the L.A. Zoo, which has already spent $10 million on a new exhibit, and suggests keeping them at a sanctuary...

Individual's Gene Variations Linked To Likelihood Of Surviving Cancer

10 years ago from Science Daily

New research shows that certain genes can influence a person's likelihood to contract particular diseases, cancer for example. The finding demonstrates that genetic markers may also show a person's likelihood...

Building A Better Bee

10 years ago from Science Daily

A researcher known for her honey bee line "New World Carniolans" has crossed her bees with their Old World counterparts to enhance their positive characteristics.

India's only gorilla lonely without companion

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Even though Polo is 6 feet tall, dark-haired, bilingual and good-natured, the 36-year-old silverback gorilla is still single after a fruitless eight-year search.

First Dinosaur Feathers for Show, Not Flight?

10 years ago from National Geographic

A new pigeon-size species found in Mongolia had long, ribbon-like tail feathers that suggest plumage first evolved for ornamentation rather than for flight, scientists say.

'Flying syringe' mosquitos, other ideas get Gates funding

10 years ago from Physorg

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded 100,000 dollars each on Wednesday to scientists in 22 countries including funding for a Japanese proposal to turn mosquitos into "flying syringes" delivering...

Egg Whites Solve The 3-D Problem

10 years ago from Science Daily

The real world is three-dimensional. That's true even in the laboratory, where scientists have to grow cells to study how they develop and what happens when their growth is abnormal....

Gene find sheds light on motor neuron diseases like ALS

10 years ago from Physorg

Scientists have identified a gene in mice that plays a central role in the proper development of one of the nerve cells that goes bad in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or...

Les Schobert dies at 61; Los Angeles Zoo's former general curator

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

Les Schobert, a former general curator of the Los Angeles Zoo who advocated more open space and less isolation for elephants, chimpanzees and other animals in captivity, has died. He...

VIDEO: New Marine Species Discovered

10 years ago from National Geographic

Researchers have discovered more than 300 new species, including a new stingray, living in the waters off the Australian coast.

Plague kills Grand Canyon biologist

10 years ago from UPI

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Epidemic specialists say a Grand Canyon National Park biologist who died last year caught the plague from a mountain lion.

Spider males good for mating, food

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For Mediterranean tarantulas, eating a male means having tougher and more baby spiders

Avian airlines: Alaska to New Zealand nonstop

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Tracked bar-tailed godwits break previous nonstop flight record for birds

Heat sensors guide insects to a hot meal

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Bugs home in on seeds by detecting infrared

Scientists enhance immune system attacks on cancer

10 years ago from Physorg

In an Early Edition issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published online on October 20, 2008, the scientists describe how they used multiple tactics to...

New DNA Tool Probes Rice Genome

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A new tool for investigating the rice genome has been developed by researchers at UC Davis led by Pamela Ronald, professor of plant pathology. The inexpensive, publicly-available rice...

Beyond recognizing odors, a single neuron controls reactions

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Babies will smile when they catch the scent of vanilla, but a whiff of rotting meat will send them into fits. From people to mice and flies to...

New Method May Rapidly And Effectively Detect Significant Food-Borne Pathogen

10 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers from Sweden and Finland have developed a rapid and specific method that may detect the bacterium Yersinia enterocolitica, a common cause of gastric illness, in food.

Ship Strike Reduction Rule Aims To Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

10 years ago from Science Daily

NOAA officials have issued a regulation that will implement new measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. The regulation will, for the first time, require large ships to reduce...

Revealing The Evolutionary History Of Threatened Sea Turtles

10 years ago from Science Daily

New genetic research carried out at the American Museum of Natural History clarifies our understanding of the evolutionary relationships among all seven sea turtle species and shows that specialized diets...