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September 28, 2020

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The Impact of Human Mobility on Disease Spread

Scientists have investigated the way in which human dispersal affects disease control and total extent of an infection's ...

CRISPR-Based Malaria Testing on-the-Fly

A multi-disciplinary research collaboration created a field-applicable, ultrasensitive diagnostic assay that specifically detects DNA sequences from all Plasmodium species in symptomatic and ...

Epigenetics Linked to Genetic Differences Between Domesticated and Wild Chickens

Some of the genetic differences that have arisen between domesticated chickens and their wild ancestors, the red junglefowl, are linked to epigenetic ...

The Surprising Organization of Avian Brains

Some birds can perform amazing cognitive feats - even though their forebrains seem to just consist of lumps of grey cells, while mammalian forebrains harbour a highly complex neocortex. A study ...
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Berry Good News: Newly Discovered Compound from Blueberries Could Treat Inflammatory Disorders

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), caused by chronic inflammation in the digestive tract linings, can be debilitating and life threatening. Therapeutic options include suppression of immune response, ...

How Microbes in a Mother's Intestines Affect Fetal Neurodevelopment

During pregnancy in mice, the billions of bacteria and other microbes that live in a mother's intestines regulate key metabolites, small molecules that are important for healthy fetal brain ...

Prenatal Cannabis Exposure Associated With Adverse Outcomes During Middle Childhood

Research shows prenatal cannabis exposure may impact child behavior later in ...

Gut Microbiome Plays Important Role in Sleep Regulation

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects more than one billion people worldwide. Evidence suggests OSA can alter the gut microbiome (GM) and may promote OSA-associated co-morbidities, including ...

Halt Post-Disturbance Logging in Forests, Experts Urge

Please do not disturb: After forest fires, bark beetle infestations and other damage, the affected forests should not be ...

Likely Molecular Mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 Pathogenesis Are Revealed by Network Biology

Researchers have built an interactome that includes the lung-epithelial cell host interactome integrated with a SARS-CoV-2 interactome. Applying network biology analysis tools to this ...

Unraveling the Genome in 3D-Space

Proper folding of extremely long chromosomal DNA molecules is crucial for the correct functioning of the cell. Scientists developed a groundbreaking method to map contact points between replicated ...

Structural Biology: Ribosomes and Russian Dolls

Maturation of the ribosome is a complex operation. Work now shows that the 90S precursor of the small 40S subunit undergoes a 'molting' process, during which it progressively discards its ...

New Mouse Model of Tau Propagation

Accumulation of assembled tau protein in the central nervous system is characteristic of Alzheimer's disease and several other neurodegenerative diseases, called tauopathies. Researchers have ...

A Cheaper, Faster COVID-19 Test

Researchers have developed a method for fast, cheap, yet accurate testing for COVID-19 infection. The method simplifies and frees the testing from expensive reaction steps, enabling upscaling of the ...

Scientists Predict Potential Spread, Habitat of Invasive Asian Giant Hornet

Researchers have predicted how and where the Asian giant hornet, an invasive newcomer to the Pacific Northwest, popularly dubbed the 'murder hornet,' could spread and find ideal habitat, ...

Silk Offers Homemade Solution for COVID-19 Prevention

A new study finds that silk fabric performs similarly to surgical masks when used in conjunction with respirators but has the added advantages of being washable and repelling water, which would ...

Animals Lose Fear of Predators Rapidly After They Start Encountering Humans

Most wild animals show a suite of predator avoidance behaviors such as vigilance, freezing, and fleeing. But these are quickly reduced after the animals come into contact with humans through ...

'Cheater Mitochondria' May Profit from Cellular Stress Coping Mechanisms

Cheating mitochondria may take advantage of cellular mechanisms for coping with food scarcity in a simple worm to persist, even though this can reduce the worm's ...

Scientists Identify New Species of Crystal-Encrusted Truffle, Thanks to Bonobos

Mushroom-munching bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have introduced scientists to a new species of ...

Mechanism That Causes Cell Nuclei to Grow

Researchers discover a mechanism that causes cell nuclei to ...

Living in an Anoxic World: Microbes Using Arsenic Are a Link to Early Life

Much of life on planet Earth today relies on oxygen to exist, but before oxygen was present on our blue planet, lifeforms likely used arsenic ...

Chemists Make Cellular Forces Visible at the Molecular Scale

Scientists have developed a new technique using tools made of luminescent DNA, lit up like fireflies, to visualize the mechanical forces of cells at the molecular ...

Researchers Find New Way to Protect Plants from Fungal Infection

Widespread fungal disease in plants can be controlled with a commercially available chemical that has been primarily used in medicine until now. In a comprehensive experiment scientists have ...

New Drug Candidate Found for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Researchers have identified a potential drug candidate against enterovirus 71, a common cause of hand, foot and mouth disease in infants and young children. The compound of interest is a small ...

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