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Australia's animal testing laws are a good start, but don't go far enough

4 days ago from Physorg

Your lipstick and foundation will be less likely to come at the expense of animal welfare, thanks to Commonwealth legislation that passed in recent weeks.

CRISPR/Cas libraries open new avenues in cancer research

4 days ago from Physorg

CRISPR/Cas enables the targeted deactivation of genes by cutting DNA at pre-determined sites. This is accomplished by providing the Cas enzyme with a genetic zip code. Using an entire library...

A mating war in diving beetles has stopped the evolution of species

4 days ago from Physorg

In nature, male attempts to mate with females can be so extreme that they can harm the females. Such negative impacts of mating interactions have been suggested to promote the...

Study on Weed-Killers and Monarch Butterflies Spurs Ecological Flap

4 days ago from Scientific American

Some scientists question museum data analysis that suggests Roundup is not responsible for the insects’ decline -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March Madness: Top prospect James Wiseman has mission to bring Memphis back

4 days ago from UPI

No. 1 high school basketball recruit James Wiseman is headed to Memphis next season. He told UPI his mission is to lead the Tigers back to the NCAA tournament.

Scientists tag sharks in Galapagos Islands to monitor their migration

4 days ago from Physorg

Scientists in the Galapagos Islands have attached tracers to five blue sharks for the first time as part of a project to study their migratory patterns, Ecuador's government said.

Scientists ID remains of USS Oklahoma sailor killed at Pearl Harbor

4 days ago from UPI

Scientists identified the remains of a U.S. sailor who died more than seven decades ago during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Human microbiome metabolites tip the scale in intestinal E. coli infections

4 days ago from Science Daily

A multi-disciplinary team of biological engineers, microbiologists, and systems biologists, whose goal it is to uncover the causes of tolerance to infection exhibited by certain individuals or species, has now...

Mathematicians reveal secret to human sperm's swimming prowess

5 days ago from Science Daily

Researchers have discovered that a reinforcing outer-layer which coats the tails of human sperm is what gives them the strength to make the powerful rhythmic strokes needed to break through...

Research paves way for new source for leukemia drug

5 days ago from Science Daily

Chemistry researchers have patented a method for making anti-leukemia compounds that until now have only been available via an Asian tree that produces them.

Hidden proteins found in bacteria

5 days ago from Science Daily

Scientists have developed a way to identify the beginning of every gene -- known as a translation start site or a start codon -- in bacterial cell DNA with a...

Chop Up a Worm. It Will Regenerate. Scientists Figured Out Why.

5 days ago from NY Times Science

Researchers identified the master control gene that enables worms to grow a new body, capturing the imagination of some humans looking for a fresh start.

Research paves way for new source for leukemia drug

5 days ago from Physorg

Chemistry researchers at Oregon State University have patented a method for making anti-leukemia compounds that until now have only been available via an Asian tree that produces them.

Mobile DNA element found in mosquito parasite has potential for infectious disease control

5 days ago from Physorg

Controlling mosquito-borne illnesses, such as Dengue or West Nile virus, has historically been difficult due to a lack of effective vaccines and concerns about the environmental impact of insecticides. Thus,...

Researchers find hidden proteins in bacteria

5 days ago from Physorg

Scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a way to identify the beginning of every gene—known as a translation start site or a start codon—in bacterial cell...

Honey bee colonies more successful by foraging on non-crop fields

5 days ago from Science Daily

Honey bee colonies foraging on land with a strong cover of clover species and alfalfa do more than three times as well than if they are put next to crop...

Sustainable fisheries and conservation policy

5 days ago from Science Daily

There are roughly five times as many recreational fishers as commercial fishers throughout the world. And yet, the needs and peculiarities of these recreational fishers have largely been ignored in...

New mobile element found in mosquito parasite has potential for disease control

5 days ago from Science Daily

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has identified a new mobile DNA element in the Wolbachia parasite, which may contribute to improved control strategies for mosquito vectors of diseases such as...

Spaceflight Triggers Herpes Viruses to 'Reawaken'

5 days ago from Space.com

Being in outer space can have some odd effects on the body, including triggering dormant herpes viruses to reawaken, according to a recent review study.

Commercial agriculture reduces butterfly diversity by two-thirds

5 days ago from UPI

Pollinators are on the decline. Bee numbers are steadily decreasing, and as new research out of Germany confirms, butterfly numbers are down, too.

Biodiversity patterns in Antarctic Dry Valleys

5 days ago from Science Daily

'Surprisingly, we found that biotic, or living, interactions are crucial in shaping biodiversity patterns even in the extreme ecosystems of the Antarctic Dry Valleys.'

Chromatin changes rapidly in response to low oxygen

5 days ago from Science Daily

A study reveals new insights into how cells respond to oxygen deprivation. The researchers found that chromatin, the complex of DNA and proteins where all genes reside, quickly changes in...

A mating war in diving beetles has stopped the evolution of species

5 days ago from Science Daily

In nature, males eager attempts to mate with females can be so extreme that they will harm females. Such negative impact of mating interactions has been suggested to promote the...

Gene variant associated with cellular aging

5 days ago from Science Daily

It is well known that psychiatric stress is associated with accelerated aging. Now, a new study shows that a gene mutation interacts with multiple types of psychiatric stress including post-traumatic...

Chromatin changes rapidly in response to low oxygen, study finds

5 days ago from Physorg

A study by the University of Liverpool reveals new insights into how cells respond to oxygen deprivation.

Giant, Weird-Looking Fish With 'Startled' Eyes Washes Up on Aussie Beach

5 days ago from Live Science

When a group of Aussies spotted the behemoth on the beach, they initially thought it was a rugged piece of driftwood. Upon closer inspection, however, they realized it was the...

Georgia residents asked to keep a lookout for exotic lizards

5 days ago from UPI

Wildlife officials in Georgia are asking residents to keep an eye out for large South American lizards spotted in the area.

New York Giants meet, eat dinner with Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins

5 days ago from UPI

New York Giants coaches and members of the front office had dinner with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Tuesday night before his pro day.