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Study shows signs of hope for endangered sea turtles

(University of California - San Diego) Bones from dead turtles washed up on Mexican beaches indicate that Baja California is critical to the survival of endangered North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles, which travel some 7,500 miles from their nesting sites in Japan to their feeding grounds off the coast of Mexico.

Wheat virus crosses over, harms native grasses

(Michigan State University) Once upon a time, it was thought that crop diseases affected only crops. New research shows, however, that a common wheat virus can spread and harm perennial native grasses.

Why 'platonic' flies don't copulate and what that could mean for humans

(Tohoku University) By studying the sexual behavior of a mutant strain of fruit fly called 'platonic,' researchers at the Tohoku University Graduate School of Life Sciences have found parallels between humans and flies in the neural control of copulation.

Cell biology: Take the mRNA train

(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) Messenger RNAs bearing the genetic information for the synthesis of proteins are delivered to defined sites in the cell cytoplasm by molecular motors. Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have elucidated how the motors recognize their mRNA freight.

Biophysics plays key role in immune system signaling and response

(Georgia Institute of Technology) How big you are may be as important as what you look like, at least to immune system cells watching for dangerous bacteria and viruses.

New species of moth named in honor of Donald Trump ahead of his swearing-in as president

(Pensoft Publishers) Days before Donald J. Trump steps forward on the Presidential Inauguration platform in Washington on Jan., 20, evolutionary biologist and systematist Dr. Vazrick Nazari named a new species in his honor. The author,...Show More Summary

New genomic tool for salamander biology could spur deeper understanding of tissue regeneration

(Brigham and Women's Hospital) A research team led by scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital has assembled a catalogue of every active gene in a variety of tissues in the axolotl, a type of salamander known for its striking ability to fully regenerate limbs following amputation.

In an era of nationalism the net needs its freethinking champion

With a rise in isolationist politics and totalitarianism, we must back the body that has quietly defended internet freedom for 10 years, says Carl Miller

Electronic gene control could let us plug bacteria into devices

Hooking up custom-made microbes to electronics could have a host of applications in medicine and industry, such as smarter drugs and better health apps

Calorie restriction diet extends life of monkeys by years

Macaques on permanent diets live significantly longer – the equivalent of nine years in people. But is the detailed meal planning and loss of libido worth it?

When it comes to mating, fruit flies can make rational choices

Humans make rational choices—though perhaps not all the time. But does the ability for rational decision-making extend to other members of the animal kingdom? If so, how far are they from the human lineage?

Metabolic pathway regulating key stage of embryo development revealed

Researchers identify metabolic pathway essential for embryo development, thus extending knowledge of how embryos form and how to develop a safer drug regimen for pregnant women

First of its kind cancer stem cell research unlocks clues to treatment resistance

(Trinity College Dublin) Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have made exciting new findings that could offer a means of fighting resistance to treatment for people with esophageal cancer. Resistance to radiotherapy is a major stumbling block in the treatment of this cancer. Show More Summary

DGIST identifies mechanisms of inflammation-induced animal aging

(DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology)) DGIST experientially proved the 'inflammation-induced aging' hypothesis. It is expected to suggest a new direction for researches on aging recovery as well as anti-aging.

Bee alert but not alarmed

(University of Melbourne) An Australian-first national analysis of 13 years' data on bites and stings from venomous creatures reveals Australia's towns and cities are a hot-spot for encounters.

Air polluters more likely to locate near downwind state borders

(Indiana University) Indiana University research reveals a pattern of companies strategically locating facilities where wind will carry pollution across state lines. Locating factories and power plants near downwind borders can allow states to reap the benefits of jobs and tax revenue but share the negative effects -- air pollution -- with neighbors.

Senescence promotes chemotherapy side effects and cancer relapse

(Buck Institute for Research on Aging) Working in mice, researchers at the Buck Institute and elsewhere now show that standard chemotherapy promotes cancer relapse and metastasis as well as other side effects via a pro-inflammatory stress response termed cellular senescence. Show More Summary

Biomarker could identify patients with potential for recovery from advanced heart failure

(University of Utah Health Sciences) Investigators at the University of Utah have identified distinct differences in the hearts of advanced heart failure patients who have defied the odds and showed signs of recovery from the disease. Published online in the journal Circulation, the new findings could help clinicians identify the best candidates for cardiac recovery therapies.

Study applies game theory to genomic privacy

(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) A new study from Vanderbilt University presents an unorthodox approach to protect the privacy of genomic data, showing how optimal trade-offs between privacy risk and scientific utility can be struck as genomic data are released for research. Show More Summary

The next Horizon: Strategies to promote European competitiveness in innovation

(Center for Genomic Regulation) EU-LIFE, the alliance of research centers in life sciences to support and strengthen European research excellence released today a statement with its recommendations for next framework program for Research & Innovation, FP9. Show More Summary

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