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March 21, 2019

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March 21, 2019

Machine-Learning Model Provides Detailed Insight on Proteins

Mar. 12, 2019 — A novel machine-learning 'toolbox' that can read and analyze the sequences of proteins has been described ... read more

Mar. 11, 2019 — Researchers have applied molecular evolutionary analysis to quantify the severity of negative selection pressures on genes encoding the pneumococcal choline-binding proteins (CBPs). They found ... read more

Mar. 8, 2019 — By analyzing troves of genetic data and considering a vast number of possible ways to examine it, scientists now have a high degree of confidence that horseshoe crabs do indeed belong within the ... read more

Mar. 7, 2019 — Researchers conducted an experiment that suggests microbes can specialize within plant species, which can promote plant species diversity and increased seed ... read more

Mar. 7, 2019 — Chimpanzees are well known for their extraordinary diversity of behaviors, with some behaviors also exhibiting cultural variation. An international research team has investigated whether chimpanzee ... read more

Mar. 7, 2019 — A total of 103 new species of weevils are added to the genus Trigonopterus from Sulawesi whereas. Prior to the study, there had only been a single species from this group documented on the Indonesian ... read more

Getting More Mileage from Microsatellites

Mar. 6, 2019 — Researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, are using a next-generation sequencing genotyping approach to find insight into the evolutionary history of the carob tree -- an economically important ... read more

Mar. 6, 2019 — A new study explores how climate, evolution, plants, and soils are linked. The research is the first to show how climate-driven evolution in tree populations alters the way trees directly interact ... read more

Mar. 6, 2019 — New study reveals regeneration of amputated body parts is not always an ancient trait and scientists might need to rethink the way they compare animals with regenerative ... read more

Modern Beer Yeast Emerged from Mix of European Grape Wine, Asian Rice Wine Yeast

Mar. 5, 2019 — For thousands of years brewers made beer using specialized strains of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A new study shows that modern brewing strains were derived from a mixture of European ... read more

Mar. 5, 2019 — Using host-specific parasites isolated on individual pigeon 'islands,' the scientists showed that descendants of a single population of feather lice adapted rapidly in response to preening. ... read more

Mar. 4, 2019 — Megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived, is known only from its gigantic bladelike teeth. But these teeth took millions of years to evolve into their final, iconic ... read more

Mar. 4, 2019 — How can a species split into several new species if they still live close to each other and are able to interbreed? Using a group of Caribbean reef fishes as a model system, a team of scientists has ... read more

Long-Lived Parents Produce Better Quality Offspring

Mar. 4, 2019 — Researchers studied a gene associated with ageing in roundworms. They found that by reducing this gene's expression, they could not only more than double the worm's lifespan - but also ... read more

An Abundance of Beneficial Mutations

Mar. 1, 2019 — Despite its key importance, the genetic architecture of adaptive processes remains largely unresolved. Now a team of researchers, experimenting with fruit flies, has succeeded in solving at least a ... read more

Cell Editors Correct Genetic Errors

Mar. 1, 2019 — Almost all land plants employ an army of editors who correct errors in their genetic information. Researchers have now transferred parts of this machinery into a bacterium. Their results confirm a ... read more

Feb. 28, 2019 — The Brassicaceae plant family boasts a stunning diversity of fruit shapes. But even in this cosmopolitan company, the heart-shaped seed pods of the Capsella genus stand ... read more

Feb. 28, 2019 — Reconstitution of Amoebozoa's evolution shows significant Precambrian species diversity. This study changes the view of how life evolved in the very remote past and deepens the understanding of ... read more

Feb. 27, 2019 — Greater levels of specific antioxidants were associated with particular colorations of tomato fruit. These genotypes could be used either directly as food or in breeding programs to recover greater ... read more

Feb. 27, 2019 — Directed evolution is a powerful technique for engineering proteins. Scientists now show that it can also be used to engineer synthetic nanoparticles as optical biosensors, which are used widely in ... read more

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