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February 22, 2019

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Feb. 21, 2019 — Researchers swabbed more than 2300 animals representing 205 amphibian species to better understand the ecology of their skin bacteria. They asked which environmental factors influence the makeup of ... read more

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

Feb. 20, 2019 — A team of biologists, physicists and mathematical modellers have studied the genetic activity of over 100,000 embryonic cells to establish the molecular blueprint of mouse early embryo development. ... read more

Massive Database Traces Mammal Organ Development, Cell by Single Cell

Feb. 20, 2019 — A new study has traced an important period of organ formation, cell by cell, in the developing mouse. The study is by far the largest dataset of its kind to ... read more

Bat Influenza Viruses Could Infect Humans

Feb. 20, 2019 — Bats don't only carry the deadly Ebola virus, but are also a reservoir for a new type of influenza virus. These newly discovered flu viruses could potentially also attack the cells of humans and ... read more

Can a Nerve Injury Trigger ALS?

Feb. 20, 2019 — Researchers have demonstrated that a peripheral nerve injury can trigger the onset and spread of the disease in an animal model of ... read more

Plants: How Cell Walls Are Assembled

Feb. 20, 2019 — Plant researchers are providing new insights into basic cell division in plants. The scientists have succeeded in understanding how processes are coordinated that are pivotal in properly separating ... read more

Feb. 20, 2019 — A female stickleback fish, nick-named 'Mary,' has produced offspring from eggs that appear to have been fertilized while they were still inside her, according to ... read more

How to Block New Antibiotic Resistance Gene

Feb. 19, 2019 — A new antimicrobial-resistance gene, VCC-1, a beta-lactamase gene, has been discovered in benign close relatives of virulent Vibrio cholerae, which causes cholera. Now, a team of Canadian researchers ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — Aggressiveness among animals may increase the longer individuals live together in stable groups. The study used the Amazon molly, a naturally clonal fish species that produces genetically identical ... 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

The Key to Increased Lifespan? Rubicon Alters Autophagy in Animals During Aging

Feb. 19, 2019 — Autophagy is an important biological recycling mechanism that influences the progression of aging in animals. Here, age-related changes in autophagy were studied in multiple model organisms. A team ... 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. 19, 2019 — The Atlantic cod is one of the most important commercial fish species in the world. Recent studies have shown that ocean acidification threatens the early life stages of this species. So far it was ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — Scientists have managed to restore hearing in an adult mouse model of DFNB9 deafness -- a hearing disorder that represents one of the most frequent cases of congenital genetic deafness. Individuals ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — A research team has discovered a previously unknown species of marsupial that lived in Alaska's Arctic during the era of dinosaurs, adding a vivid new detail to a complex ancient landscape. The ... read more

Feb. 18, 2019 — In a major scientific step to understand the biology of this iconic apex predator and sharks in general, the entire genome of the white shark has now been decoded in ... read more

Plants Short-Cut Evolution by Taking Genes from Neighbors

Feb. 18, 2019 — Scientists have discovered that grasses are able to short cut evolution by taking genes from their ... read more

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