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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:15:43 EDT
First-time reconstruction of infectious bat influenza viruses
All known Influenza A viruses originate from aquatic birds that serve as virus reservoirs in nature. Avian viruses can cause severe disease and may lead to devastating pandemics when introduced into the human population. Therefore, a world-wide surveillance program has been set up to monitor influenza virus activity in birds. Surprisingly, bats were recently identified as a potential new source of influenza viruses.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:44:04 EDT
Study reveals which genes are critical to a plant's response to drought
Because plants cannot relocate when resources become scarce, they need to efficiently regulate their growth by responding to environmental cues. Drought is the most important cause of reduced plant growth and crop yield, which makes insights into a plant's drought response highly valuable to agriculture. A new study has provided major insights into how plants cope with water-limiting conditions, which can direct advanced breeding and genome engineering efforts to create high-performing, drought-tolerant crop plants.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:18:45 EDT
Genetic mutation in whale eyes may increase mortality risks
Difficulty seeing in bright light, which can be linked to a genetic mutation, can also increase baleen whales' susceptibility to fatal entanglements in fishing gear, say researchers.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:07:09 EDT
Parasitic plants may form weapons out of genes stolen from hosts
Sneaky parasitic weeds may be able to steal genes from the plants they are attacking and then use those genes against the host plant, according to a team of scientists.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:50:01 EDT
Measuring the forces of biology
Biology, at the nitty-gritty level of motor proteins, DNA, and microtubules, takes its cue from physics. But while much is known about the biological components that form such cellular stuctures, researchers are only beginning to explore the physical forces between those components.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:04:19 EDT
Lonely 'lefty' snail seeks mate for love, and genetic study
Scientists are hoping to study the genetics of an ultra-rare garden snail are asking the public for its help in finding the lonely mollusc a mate. The snail’s unique qualities make it a one in a million find - but also impossible for it to mate with its more common counterparts. At first glance, the brown garden snail may look like any other but closer inspection of the snail’s shell reveals exactly why this creature is so special. While the shells of this common species spiral in a right-handed, clockwise direction – known as dextral – this snail is a sinistral, with a left-handed anti-clockwise spiralling shell. In essence, the ‘lefty’ snail is a mirror image of its other shell-dwelling friends.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:47:13 EDT
Nanosciences: Genes on the rack
A novel nanotool has been developed that provides an easy means of characterizing the mechanical properties of biomolecules.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:45:09 EDT
Paving the road to drug discovery
There are many disadvantages to using human cells in the initial stages of creating a new therapy. Scientists often have to test a large number of compounds in order to find one that is effective against a particular target. Human cells are costly to take care of and require a lot of time and specific conditions in order to grow. Now researchers say that fission yeast may be used to find the next cancer cure.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:43:38 EDT
A moving story of FHL2 and forces
Researchers have revealed the molecular events leading to the regulation of cell growth and proliferation in response to stiffness of the extracellular matrix that surrounds them.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:43:31 EDT
60 year old Septoria mystery solved
A new paper explains why plant breeders have found it difficult to produce wheat varieties which combine high yield and good resistance to Septoria, a disease in wheat which can cut yield losses by up to 50%. It traces the problem back to decisions made nearly sixty years ago.
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