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June 17, 2019

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A shady refuge on a hot day could be more than a simple comfort in a warming world. Finding a cooler spot might save several species that would otherwise go extinct due to ... read more
Researchers shed light on the important role that microbial genes, like those from viruses, can play in insect and ... read more
Despite how essential plants are for life on Earth, little is known about how parts of plant cells orchestrate growth and greening. By creating mutant plants, researchers ... read more
Researchers have discovered one of the first concrete examples of how the microbiome can interfere with a drug's intended path through the body. Focusing on levodopa ... read more
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Rinsing System in Stomach Protects the Teeth of Ruminants

When they graze, goats, sheep and cows often ingest bits of earth that can be damaging to their teeth. Researchers have now shown how the animals protect themselves against dental abrasion: their ... read more

Lynx in Turkey: Noninvasive Sample Collection Provides Insights Into Genetic Diversity

A team of scientists collected data and samples (feces, hair) from the Caucasian Lynx (Lynx lynx dinniki), in a region of Anatolian Turkey over several years. The results of the genetic analyses ... read more

Controlling Temperatures for Inexpensive Plant Experiments

Inexpensive, easy-to-use temperature controllers are able to provide reliable set temperatures for the detailed observation of developmental rates in response to different temperature ... read more

No Evidence for Increased Egg Predation in the Arctic

Climate and ecosystems are changing, but predation on shorebird nests has changed little across the globe over the past 60 years, finds an international team of 60 researchers. The study published in ... read more

Interactions Between Plant and Insect-Infecting Viruses

Aphids and the plant viruses they transmit cause billions of dollars in crop damage every year. Researchers are examining this relationship at the molecular level, which could lead to new methods for ... read more

Trigger for Muscle-Wasting Condition Discovered

A team of researchers has published a research study that reveals how cachexia is triggered, setting the stage for further studies on how to prevent ... read more

New findings challenge the long-standing idea that multi-celled animals evolved from a single-celled ancestor resembling a modern sponge cell known as a ... read more

Opioid Alternative? Taming Tetrodotoxin for Precise Painkilling

Alternatives to opioids for treating pain are sorely needed. A study in rats suggests that tetrodotoxin, properly packaged, offers a potentially safe pain ... read more

Using Gene Editing, Neuroscientists Develop a New Model for Autism

By introducing a gene variant associated with autism into monkeys, researchers hope to study treatment options for severe neurodevelopmental ... read more

Nuclear Pore Complex Outer Rings: No Longer 'One Size Fits All'

In eukaryotic cells, molecules can only move into or out of the nucleus through specialized channels called nuclear pore complexes (NPCs). Each NPC has a ring of nucleoporin proteins flanking either ... read more

Brains of Birds Synchronize When They Sing Duets

Vocal control areas in the brain of weaver birds fire in time when they sing ... read more

Protecting Coral Reefs in a Deteriorating Environment

A new report examines novel approaches for saving coral reefs imperiled by climate change, and how local decision-makers can assess the risks and benefits of ... read more

New Gene Editor Harnesses Jumping Genes for Precise DNA Integration

Scientists have developed a gene-editing tool -- using jumping genes -- that inserts any DNA sequence into the genome without cutting, fixing a major shortcoming of existing CRISPR ... read more

Pollen Collected by US Honey Bees in Urban Settings Shows Dramatic Seasonal Variation

The diversity and availability of pollen foraged by honey bees across urban and suburban areas in the US varies drastically with the ... read more

Six different color morphs of the elusive Asiatic golden cat have been discovered in Northeast India -- with the findings being hailed as 'an evolutionary puzzle' -- as the world's ... read more

Monkeys living in South America are highly vulnerable to climate change and face an 'elevated risk of extinction', according to a new ... read more

How the Cell Protects Itself

The cell contains transcripts of the genetic material, which migrate from the cell nucleus to another part of the cell. This movement protects the genetic transcripts from the recruitment of ... read more

Many species will need large population sizes to survive climate change and ocean acidification, a new study ... read more

Beewolves Use a Gas to Preserve Food

Scientists have discovered that the eggs of the European beewolf produce nitric oxide. The gas prevents the larvae's food from getting moldy in the warm and humid brood ... read more

Sustainable Method to Produce Lifesaving Opiate Antidotes at Reduced Cost

Overdose from opiates has skyrocketed. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The high cost of antidotes such as ... read more

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