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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:18:51 EST
Oily waste with natural radionuclides: Stimulates or inhibits soil bacterial community?
Researchers have revealed both structural and functional changes of the microbial community resistant to and able to decompose oily wastes in soil. The experiment was dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide efflux, microbial biomass, and community structure for 120 d after application of radioactive oily wastes to the soil at the ratio 1:4. Both waste and soil samples were collected in Tatarstan, Russia.
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:09:27 EST
Scientists discover the secret behind the power of bacterial sex
Migration between different communities of bacteria is the key to the type of gene transfer that can lead to the spread of traits such as antibiotic resistance, according to researchers.
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:58:02 EST
Microevolutionary evidence: The eyes have it
A new study shows that larger eye size is the source of a sizable reproductive advantage for a tiny freshwater crustacean, Daphnia obtusa. The research provides hard data for eye microevolution that, until now, were lacking.
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:28:19 EST
Review examines the extent of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from horses
Bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents is a significant problem for both human and veterinary medicine, but little research has been done on the prevalence or mechanisms of resistance in horses and other companion animals, and how such resistance might impact human health.
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:28:12 EST
New light shed on mysterious fungus that has major health consequences
Fungi in the mucus of patients with cystic fibrosis has been examined by researchers who have discovered how one particularly cunning fungal species has evolved to defend itself against neighboring bacteria.
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:26:25 EST
New era of boutique chocolate
Yeasts used to ferment cocoa during chocolate production can modify the aroma of the resulting chocolate, researchers have discovered.
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:34:40 EST
Sensory illusion causes cells to self-destruct
Magic tricks work because they take advantage of the brain's sensory assumptions, tricking audiences into seeing phantoms or overlooking sleights of hand. Now a team of researchers has discovered that even brainless single-celled yeast have sensory biases that can be hacked by a carefully engineered illusion, a finding that could be used to develop new approaches to fighting diseases such as cancer.
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:41:30 EST
Microbiome technology may help combat certain infections
Two patent applications were filed for nutrient based compositions utilizing an innovative microbiome technology that may help combat certain infections.
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:39:47 EST
Sequencing algae's genome may aid biofuel production
The complete genetic makeup of a species of ecologically important algae, which may aid in biofuel production, has been sequenced by scientists. This is only the second time that researchers have sequenced the genome of one of these ecologically important and plentiful algae, known as haptophytes.
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:35:14 EST
Secrets of dark proteome
Scientists have long speculated about the nature of the dark proteome, the area of proteins that are completely unknown, but a recent study has mapped the boundaries of these dark regions, bringing us one step closer to discovering the complete structure and function of all proteins.
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