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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:38:21 EDT
Barley genome sequenced
Looking for a better beer or single malt Scotch whiskey? A team of researchers may have you covered. They are among a group of 77 scientists worldwide who have sequenced the complete genome of barley, a key ingredient in beer and single malt Scotch.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:20:22 EDT
Illuminating the secret of glow-in-the-dark mushrooms
Scientists now understand what makes bioluminescent mushrooms glow, which may pave the way to new possibilities for harnessing fungal bioluminescence in analytical and imaging technologies. Bioluminescence is a highly conserved phenomenon that exists in a wide range of organisms; there are roughly 80 different known species of bioluminescent fungi alone scattered across the globe.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:17:24 EDT
Limited gene flow between two Bengal tiger populations in the western Himalayan foothills
The flow of genes between Bengal tigers in two reserves of the Terai Arc Landscape in western Himalayan foothills is too low, according to a study.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:30:04 EDT
Novel antibiotic resistance gene in milk
A new antibiotic resistance gene has been found in bacteria from dairy cows. This gene confers resistance to all beta-lactam antibiotics including the last generation of cephalosporins used against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. A transfer to S. aureus which is likely according to the researchers would jeopardize the use of reserve antibiotics to treat human infections caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria in hospitals.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:23:51 EDT
Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to imbalanced microbiome
Abnormal levels of specific gut bacteria are related to chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME/CFS, in patients with and without concurrent irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, scientists have discovered.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:23:49 EDT
'First arrival' hypothesis in Darwin's finches gets some caveats
Being first in a new ecosystem provides major advantages for pioneering species, but the benefits may depend on just how competitive later-arriving species are. That is among the conclusions in a new study testing the importance of 'first arrival' in controlling adaptive radiation of species, a hypothesis famously proposed for 'Darwin's Finches,' birds from the Galapagos Islands that were first brought to scientific attention by Darwin.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:23:26 EDT
The clever cell: Molecular mechanism inhibits the swarming motility of bacterial populations
A biological chemistry working group has decoded a molecular mechanism that inhibits the swarming motility of bacterial populations.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:50:43 EDT
With synthetic mucus, researchers take aim at antibiotic resistance
The human body produces about a gallon of mucus per day. By studying and replicating mucus’ natural ability to control pathogenic bacteria, scientists hope to find new methods for combatting infections and antibiotic resistance.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:16:52 EDT
'Unicorn' shipworm could reveal clues about human medicine, bacterial infections
A dark slithering creature four feet long that dwells in the foul mud of a remote lagoon in the Philippines has been discovered by researchers. They say studying the animal, a giant shipworm with pinkish siphons at one end and an eyeless head at the other, could add to our understanding of how bacteria cause infections and, in turn, how we might adapt to tolerate--and even benefit from--them.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:02:10 EDT
'Diet' products can make you fat, study shows
High-fat foods are often the primary target when fighting obesity, but sugar-laden 'diet' foods could be contributing to unwanted weight gain as well.
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