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March 22, 2019

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March 22, 2019

Study in Mice Examines Impact of Reused Cooking Oil on Breast Cancer Progression

Mar. 21, 2019 — Compounds in thermally abused cooking oils may trigger genetic, biochemical changes that hasten the progression of late-stage breast cancer, promoting tumor cells' growth and ... read more

Natural Plant Defense Genes Provide Clues to Safener Protection in Grain Sorghum

Mar. 21, 2019 — Weeds often emerge at the same time as vulnerable crop seedlings and sneak between plants as crops grow. How do farmers kill them without harming the crops themselves? In a new study, researchers ... read more

When More Women Make Decisions, the Environment Wins

Mar. 21, 2019 — When more women are involved in group decisions about land management, the group conserves more - particularly when offered financial incentives to do so, according to a new ... read more

Plant Scraps Are the Key Ingredient in Cheap, Sustainable Jet Fuel

Mar. 21, 2019 — Scientists have developed a process for converting plant waste from agriculture and timber harvesting into high-density aviation fuel. Their research may help reduce CO2 emissions from airplanes and ... read more

Mar. 21, 2019 — Consuming a daily modest amount of high-fructose corn syrup -- the equivalent of people drinking about 12 ounces of a sugar-sweetened beverage daily -- accelerates the growth of intestinal tumors in ... read more

Examining Ball Pits as a Playground for Pathogenic Germs

Mar. 21, 2019 — Ball pits used in children's physical therapy -- similar to those made popular by restaurants catering to families -- may contribute to germ transmission between patients, according to new ... read more

Pathogenic, Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found in Wastewater Treatment Plants

Mar. 21, 2019 — Infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria are a global public health threat causing serious illness and even death. In a new study, researchers conducted a survey of 20 municipal wastewater plants ... read more

Mar. 21, 2019 — Researchers have discovered how antibiotic-resistant bacteria construct their defense system -- a finding that could lead to new treatments for currently untreatable ... read more

Prenatal Allergies Prompt Sexual Changes in Offspring

Mar. 21, 2019 — A single allergic reaction during pregnancy prompts sexual-development changes in the brains of offspring that last a lifetime, new research suggests. Female rats born to mothers exposed to an ... read more

Mar. 21, 2019 — The Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand in 2016 caused widespread damage. Researchers have now dissected its mechanisms revealing surprising insights on earthquake physics with the aid of simulations ... read more

Using More-Specific 'Genetic Scissors' May Avoid Problems Associated With Gene Editing

Mar. 21, 2019 — A new study suggests that there could be a way to bypass barriers to making CRISPR gene-editing treatments a viable option. Researchers found that using more-precise gene-editing technology that ... read more

Study Finds Cells Maintain a Complete Molecular 'Memory' of Their Embryonic Origins

Mar. 21, 2019 — In research that casts cells as curators of their own history, scientists have discovered that adult tissues retain a memory, inscribed on their DNA, of the embryonic cells from which they arose. The ... read more

Mar. 21, 2019 — Continental rift valleys are huge fractures on the surface of the Earth that break continental plates with the eventual development of new oceans. Although instrumental in driving climate and ... read more

Mar. 21, 2019 — Protecting houses against mosquitoes with netting window screens can suppress malaria vector populations and dramatically reduce human parasite infection prevalence, according to new ... read more

Research Investigates Impact of Climate Change on Glacier-Fed Rivers in Peru

Mar. 21, 2019 — Remote communities in the Peruvian Andes, as well as communities downstream, depend on the water from melting glaciers and mountain ecosystems to provide them with food and power, and to support ... read more

Getting Help With the Kids Slows Down Ageing in Female Birds

Mar. 21, 2019 — Seychelles warblers live and breed in family groups on the tiny island of Cousin. In each group, a dominant female and male reproduce. When helpers assist the with incubation and feeding of chicks, ... read more

Alpine Tundra Releases Long-Frozen CO2 to the Atmosphere, Exacerbating Climate Warming

Mar. 21, 2019 — Thawing permafrost in high-altitude mountain ecosystems may be a stealthy, underexplored contributor to atmospheric carbon dioxide ... read more

Cryptosporidium Parasite Detected in Minnesota Groundwater

Mar. 21, 2019 — When consumed in contaminated water, the microscopic parasite Cryptosporidium can cause symptoms of stomach cramps, diarrhea and fever. Now, researchers have detected evidence of the parasite in ... read more

Key to Greater Efficacy in Cancer Treatment

Mar. 21, 2019 — Researchers reveal that the number of mitochondria in a cell is, in great part, associated with how the cancer responds to drug ... read more

Mar. 21, 2019 — Scientists develop a robust experiment that shows human brain waves respond to changes in Earth-strength magnetic ... read more

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