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May 19, 2019

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New discoveries made at the Klasies River Cave in South Africa's southern Cape, where charred food remains from hearths were found, provide the first archaeological evidence ... read more
Conservation decisions based on population counts may fail to protect large, slow-breeding animals from irrevocable decline, ... read more
Long associated with decreased risk of cancer, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables -- the family of plants that also ... read more
Researchers have uncovered a specialized population of skin cells that coordinate tail regeneration in frogs. These 'Regeneration-Organizing Cells' help to explain one of the ... read more
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Cell Polarity: An Aurora Over the Pole

Recent research has identified the master switch that triggers the symmetry breaking process in the zygotes of the nematode worm, Caenorhabditis ... read more

Museum Volunteers Discover New Species of Extinct Heron at North Florida Fossil Site

When the bones of an ancient heron were unearthed at a North Florida fossil site, the find wasn't made by researchers but by two Florida Museum of Natural History volunteers. A previously ... read more

Designing Biological Movement on the Nanometer Scale

Synthetic proteins have now been created that can move in response to their environment in predictable and tunable ways. These proteins can use their movement to disrupt lipid membranes in cells. ... read more

How Host-Cell Enzymes Combat the Coronavirus

Host-cell enzymes called PARP12 and PARP14 are important for inhibiting mutant forms of a coronavirus, according to a new ... read more

Could Better Tests Help Reverse the Rise of Drug-Resistant Infections?

Faster, more accurate tests for drug-resistant infections are hailed as a promising tool in the fight against antibiotic resistance, so much so that the US and Britain are offering millions in prize ... read more

Mutation Makes Bulldogs and Norwich Terriers More Susceptible to Breathing Problems

The discovery of a new mutation associated with breathing difficulties in popular dog breeds suggests that shortened skulls causing flat faces is not the only factor that contributes to the ... read more

Which came first, the pigs or the pioneers? In Barbados, that has been a historical mystery ever since the first English colonists arrived in 1627 to encounter what they thought was a herd of wild ... read more

A Tale of Two Skeeters

A native mosquito in Missouri has fewer parasites when it shares its waters with an interloper, according to new ... read more

Measuring Plant Improvements to Help Farmers Boost Production

Today, scientists have shown a new technology can more quickly scan an entire field of plants to capture improvements in their natural capacity to harvest energy from the ... read more

Algal Blooms in Lake Erie's Central Basin Could Produce Neurotoxins

Harmful algal blooms pose a unique toxic threat in Lake Erie's central basin, new research has found. Not only do blooms routinely occur in this area, which previously was not thought to be an ... read more

Fecal Microbiota Transplant Found Safe and Effective in Children With C. Difficile

Fecal microbiota transplant (FMT), or the transfer of stool from a healthy donor to a patient, has been found effective in reversing severe, recurring diarrheal infections from Clostridiodes ... read more

Bedbugs -- some of the most unwanted human bed-mates -- have been parasitic companions with other species aside from humans for more than 100 million years, walking the earth at the same time as ... read more

Antibody Responses Vs. Ebola Keep Evolving in Survivors, Months After Recovery

Antiviral antibodies produced by survivors of Ebola infection continue to evolve and improve after recovery, according to a study of immune responses in four people who received care at Emory ... read more

People eating ultra-processed foods ate more calories and gained more weight than when they ate a minimally processed diet, according to results from a new study. The difference occurred even though ... read more

Nutrition: Substantial Benefit from Replacing Steak With Fish

Consumers will gain a health benefit from substituting part of the red and processed meat in their diet with fish, according to new calculations. Men over 50 and women of childbearing age in ... read more

Human Antibody Reveals Hidden Vulnerability in Influenza Virus

The ever-changing 'head' of an influenza virus protein has an unexpected Achilles heel, report scientists. The team discovered the structure of a naturally occurring human antibody that ... read more

Key Step in Cell Protein Production

Scientists have discovered how genes create proteins in research which could aid the development of treatments for human ... read more

Researchers have identified the main introduction routes of the red swamp crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, during its global-scale invasion. This North American species is the most widely spread ... read more

Organic Animal Farms Benefit Birds Nesting in Agricultural Environments

Environmental subsidies for agriculture awarded by the European Union aim to improve biodiversity in agricultural environments. A recently completed Finnish study indicates that the proximity of ... read more

Evolution in the Gut

Evolution and dietary habits interact and determine the composition of bacteria in the digestive tract. Many microorganisms in the intestine seem to have developed in sync with their host animals ... read more

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