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Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:57:28 EDT
Scientists discover gene controlling genetic recombination rates
Genetic recombination is vital to natural selection, yet some species display far more crossover than others. Scientists have discovered a gene in fruit flies that is responsible for the evolution of these recombination rates.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:06:06 EDT
Fungus: The good, the bad and their fortuitous differences
Genetic differences between two very similar fungi, one that led to Quorn™, the proprietary meat substitute, and another that ranks among the world's most damaging crop pathogens, have exposed the significant features that dictate the pair's very different lifestyles, features that promise targets for controlling disease.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:28:30 EDT
Fat cells seem to remember unhealthy diet
Fat cells can be damaged in a short amount of time when they are exposed to the fatty acid palmitate or the hormone TNF-alpha through a fatty diet, a new study shows. The researchers hope this new knowledge may be used to develop new preventive strategies for diabetes.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:28:04 EDT
Wood formation model to fuel progress in bioenergy, paper, new applications
Need stronger timber, better biofuels or new sources of green chemicals? A systems biology model developed over decades of research will accelerate progress in engineering trees for specific needs.
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:15:44 EDT
A complete cell atlas and lineage tree of the immortal flatworm
From one stem cell to many differentiated body cells: Scientists have now published a comprehensive lineage tree of a whole adult animal. This was made possible by a combination of RNA and computational technologies.
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:15:20 EDT
Great Barrier Reef coral predicted to last at least 100 years before extinction from climate change
A common Great Barrier Reef coral species has enough genetic diversity to survive at least 100 years before succumbing to global warming, researchers predict.
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:15:17 EDT
Ramped up fight-or-flight response points to history of warfare for humans and chimps
Humans and chimpanzees recently evolved a more active fight-or-flight response compared to other primates, possibly in response to the threat of warfare.
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:15:03 EDT
Gene-edited stem cells show promise against HIV in non-human primates
Gene editing of bone marrow stem cells in pigtail macaques infected with simian/human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) significantly reduces the size of dormant 'viral reservoirs' that pose a risk of reactivation.
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:14:57 EDT
Genome Jenga study reveals unexpected gene alliances in the cell
The largest study of its kind sheds light on how genes work together to keep cells healthy, paving the way for predicting a person's risk of disease.
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:11:36 EDT
Dogs could be more similar to humans than we thought
Dog and human gut microbiomes have more similar genes and responses to diet than we previously thought, according to a new study
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