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‘Binocular Rivalry’

November 21st, 2010 · No Comments

‘Binocular Rivalry’ Deciphered: Key Brain Mechanism Behind Conscious Visual Perception

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Bio-Wastes Into Plastic

November 21st, 2010 · No Comments

Researchers Train Bacteria to Convert Bio-Wastes Into Plastic ScienceDaily (Nov. 21, 2010) — Researcher Jean-Paul Meijnen has ‘trained’ bacteria to convert all the main sugars in vegetable, fruit and garden waste efficiently into high-quality environmentally friendly products such as bioplastics.

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Organ Transplant Rejection

November 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Mechanism Behind Organ Transplant Rejection Identified ScienceDaily (Nov. 19, 2010) — UCLA researchers have pinpointed the culprit behind chronic rejection of heart, lung and kidney transplants. Published in the Nov. 23 edition of Science Signaling, their findings suggest new therapeutic approaches for preventing transplant rejection and sabotaging cancer growth.

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Mortal Chemical Combat

November 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Mortal Chemical Combat Typifies the World of Bacteria ScienceDaily (Nov. 18, 2010) — Like all organisms, bacteria must compete for resources to survive, even if it means a fight to the death.

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Alpha Males Take Greater Risks

November 10th, 2010 · No Comments

Alpha Males Take Greater Risks: Study Links Finger Length to Behavior ScienceDaily (Nov. 9, 2010) — Potential investors might wish to examine the fingers of their financial advisor prior to signing over any savings. A new study from Concordia University has found the length between the second and fourth finger is an indicator of high […]

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Plants for plastics

November 10th, 2010 · No Comments

Engineered Plants Make Potential Precursor to Raw Material for Plastics ScienceDaily (Nov. 8, 2010) — In theory, plants could be the ultimate “green” factories, engineered to pump out the kinds of raw materials we now obtain from petroleum-based chemicals. But in reality, getting plants to accumulate high levels of desired products has been an elusive […]

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Booknotes: God and Evolution

November 7th, 2010 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/new-book-god-and-evolution-confronts-the-fan-club-of-darwins-unemployed-god/

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Tags: biology · Evolution · Science & Religion

Reading between the genes

November 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Reading between the genes

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Subtleties in Human Genomes

November 1st, 2010 · No Comments

New Methods Detect Subtleties in Human Genomes

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A protein called perforin

November 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Human Immune System Assassin’s Tricks Visualized for the First Time ScienceDaily (Oct. 31, 2010) — Scientists from the UK and Australia have seen the human immune system’s assassin — a protein called perforin — in action for the first time. The UK team is based at Birkbeck College where they used powerful electron microscopes to […]

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Observing ribosomes

November 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Scientists ‘Watch’ Formation of Cells’ Protein Factories, Ribosomes, for First TimeScienceDaily (Oct. 29, 2010) — A team from The Scripps Research Institute has revealed the first-ever pictures of the formation of cells’ “protein factories.” In addition to being a major technical feat on its own, the work could open new pathways for development of antibiotics […]

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Miniature Human Livers

November 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Miniature Human Livers Created in the Lab ScienceDaily (Oct. 31, 2010) — Researchers at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have reached an early, but important, milestone in the quest to grow replacement livers in the lab. They are the first to use human liver cells to successfully engineer […]

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Plant’s Light Switch

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Plant’s Light Switch Could Be Used to Control CellsScienceDaily (Oct. 31, 2010) — Chandra Tucker shines a blue light on yeast and mammalian cells in her Duke University lab and the edges of them start to glow. The effect is the result of a light-activated switch from a plant that has been inserted into the […]

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Genomes from Africa, Europe, Asia

October 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Scientists sequence genomes from Africa, Europe, Asia(AFP) –

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1000 Genomes Project

October 30th, 2010 · No Comments

1000 Genomes Project completes first map of human genetic variation Thousands of human genomes are being used to catalogue the full diversity of human DNA in the 1000 Genomes Project with a view to improving our understanding of disease

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Gene for camouflage

October 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Newly Discovered Gene Enables Fish to ‘Disappear’ ScienceDaily (Oct. 29, 2010) — Researchers led by Vanderbilt’s Roger Cone, Ph.D., have discovered a new member of a gene family that has powerful influences on pigmentation and the regulation of body weight.

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Genome: shape vs content

October 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Is the Shape of a Genome as Important as Its Content? ScienceDaily (Oct. 29, 2010) — If there is one thing that recent advances in genomics have revealed, it is that our genes are interrelated, “chattering” to each other across separate chromosomes and vast stretches of DNA. According to researchers at The Wistar Institute, many […]

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The genomic non-revolution

October 26th, 2010 · No Comments

The most striking thing about the genomic revolution is that the revolution never happened …

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Virus with monster genome

October 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Giant virus with tiny victims carries a monster genome

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Sleep and genes

October 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Why Does Lack of Sleep Affect Us Differently? Study Hints It May Be in Our Genes

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Electrical Link to Living Cells

October 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Scientists Open Electrical Link to Living Cells ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2010) — The Terminator. The Borg. The Six Million Dollar Man. Science fiction is ripe with biological beings armed with artificial capabilities. In reality, however, the clunky connections between living and non-living worlds often lack a clear channel for communication. Now, scientists with the Lawrence […]

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Female Spiders

October 21st, 2010 · No Comments

Desperate Female Spiders Fight by Different Rules

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Gene location and evolution

October 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Gene’s Location on Chromosome Plays Big Role in Shaping How an Organism’s Traits Evolve ScienceDaily (Oct. 14, 2010) — A gene’s location on a chromosome plays a significant role in shaping how an organism’s traits vary and evolve, according to findings by genome biologists at New York University’s Center for Genomic and Systems Biology and […]

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Monarch Butterflies Use Medicinal Plants

October 13th, 2010 · No Comments

Monarch Butterflies Use Medicinal Plants to Treat Offspring for Disease ScienceDaily (Oct. 12, 2010) — Monarch butterflies appear to use medicinal plants to treat their offspring for disease, research by biologists at Emory University shows.

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