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February 22, 2019

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February 22, 2019

Focusing on the Fovea

Feb. 21, 2019 — Using high-throughput genetic sequencing methods, scientists have created the first cellular atlas of the primate retina, an important foundation for researchers to build on as they seek to ... read more

Understanding Peppers and Chilis from Around the World

Feb. 21, 2019 — Capsicum is a major vegetable and spice crop worldwide. Global production of both fresh and dried fruit continues to increase steadily in terms of area harvested and total yield. A comprehensive ... read more

Plants Can Skip the Middlemen to Directly Recognize Disease-Causing Fungi

Feb. 19, 2019 — Scientists have revealed that direct physical associations between plant immune proteins and fungal molecules are widespread during attempted infection. The authors' findings run counter to ... read more

Using Crystals to Unpick How Viruses Work

Feb. 19, 2019 — Researchers have used X-ray crystallography and computer simulation to get a closer look at how viruses bind cells and cause ... read more

Birch Pollen Allergen Immunotherapy Normalizes Nasal Gene-Expression and Microbial Community

Feb. 19, 2019 — According to a new study, birch pollen allergen immunotherapy modifies the gene expression and microbiome profile of the nasal epithelium to correspond to those of healthy ... read more

Feb. 18, 2019 — Physicists have for the first time identified a simple mechanism used by potentially deadly bacteria to fend off antibiotics, a discovery which is providing new insights into how germs adapt and ... read more

Biologists Identify Honeybee 'Clean' Genes Known for Improving Survival

Feb. 15, 2019 — The key to breeding disease-resistant honeybees could lie in a group of genes -- known for controlling hygienic behavior -- that enable colonies to limit the spread of harmful mites and bacteria, ... read more

'Seeing' Tails Help Sea Snakes Avoid Predators

Feb. 15, 2019 — New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from ... read more

Surprise Findings Turn Up the Temperature on the Study of Vernalization

Feb. 15, 2019 — Researchers have uncovered new evidence about the agriculturally important process of vernalization in a development that could help farmers deal with financially damaging weather ... read more

New Live-Imaging Technique Reveals Cellular Repair Crew Plugging Leaky Biological Barrier

Feb. 15, 2019 — Suppose you live in a brick house and notice cracks in the mortar that let in cold air, rain and insect pests. You might call a brick mason to repair those leaks and to restore the barrier that keeps ... read more

Feb. 14, 2019 — Researchers have used one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to reveal the structure of a large protein complex crucial to photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert sunlight into ... read more

Improved RNA Data Visualization Method Gets to the Bigger Picture Faster

Feb. 14, 2019 — Like going from a pinhole camera to a Polaroid, a significant mathematical update to the formula for a popular bioinformatics data visualization method will allow researchers to develop snapshots of ... read more

Study Examines How Compound Damaged DNA to Understand Its Connection to Cancer

Feb. 14, 2019 — In an effort to understand how colibactin, a compound produced by certain strains of E. coli, may be connected to the development of colorectal cancer, researchers are exploring how the compound ... read more

Animal Venoms Are Sources in the Search for New Medicines

Feb. 14, 2019 — A new study of natural toxins and their derivatives may help in the development of medicines to treat diseases like cancer and ... read more

How Proteins Become Embedded in a Cell Membrane

Feb. 14, 2019 — Many proteins with important biological functions are embedded in a biomembrane in the cells of humans and other living organisms. But how do they get in there in the first place? Researchers have ... read more

Cryofixation and Electron Tomography Reveals Novel Compartment in Arbuscular Mycorrhiza

Feb. 13, 2019 — The importance of the mycorrhizal symbiosis to plant growth has led to a large body of research into their formation and function, yet there are critical unanswered questions. Scientists have ... read more

Feb. 12, 2019 — What makes us human, and where does this mysterious property of 'humanness' come from? Humans are genetically similar to chimpanzees and bonobos, yet there exist obvious behavioral and ... read more

How Well Can H7N9 and H5N8 Genetically Mix With a Seasonal Strain?

Feb. 12, 2019 — Emory scientists have been probing the RNA packaging factors that limit reassortment between avian H7N9/H5N8 strains and a well-known strain (H3N2) that has been dominating the last few human flu ... read more

Feb. 12, 2019 — Researchers have discovered how overactive DNA repair systems can lead to retinal damage and blindness in mice. A DNA repair enzyme called Aag glycosylase becomes hyperactive, provoking an ... read more

Infection Biology: What Makes Helicobacter So Adaptable?

Feb. 12, 2019 — The bacterial pathogen Helicobacter pylori owes its worldwide distribution to its genetic adaptability. Microbiologists have identified an enzyme that plays a vital role in the flexible control of ... read more

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