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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:02:06 EDT
Emerging disease further jeopardizes North American frogs
A deadly amphibian disease called severe Perkinsea infections, or SPI, is the cause of many large-scale frog die-offs in the United States, according to a new study.
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:04:36 EDT
What web browsers and proteins have in common
The discovery of a previously overlooked site on protein molecules may solve a mystery about how proteins are able to carry out specialized functions in living cells.
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:26:15 EDT
New hosts for Chagas disease vectors identified
Solitary weasel-like animals called tayra might look pretty harmless, but some may actually be incubators for a parasite that causes Chagas disease, a chronic, debilitating condition that is spread by insects called kissing bugs and affects more than 8 million people worldwide.
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:25:55 EDT
Exposure to pet and pest allergens during infancy linked to reduced asthma risk
Children exposed to high indoor levels of pet or pest allergens during infancy have a lower risk of developing asthma by 7 years of age, new research reveals. The findings may provide clues for the design of strategies to prevent asthma from developing.
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:22:44 EDT
Parasitic eye infection poses significant threat to UK dogs, warn experts
A parasitic worm that is becoming increasingly common in Europe poses a significant threat to UK dogs, warn experts in a new report.
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:33:58 EDT
Potential pathway to treat flesh-eating bacteria
Researchers have solved a 100-year-old mystery, providing them a possible key to unlock a pathway for treating diseases caused by flesh-eating bacteria. Medical researchers have found a critical target on which to focus for developing a potential Group A Streptococcus vaccine or antibiotic to fight it. By manipulating this target, they hope to either reduce the severity of these infections or clear them up faster.
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:35:52 EDT
RNA discovery could help boost plant heat, drought tolerance
The discovery of a RNA that can increase drought and salt tolerance in thale cress could illuminate a new research approach and hold implications for other plants, including food crops.
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:06:56 EDT
How bacteria hinder chemotherapy
Scientists have found bacteria in pancreatic tumors that metabolize a common drug, explains a new report.
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:06:50 EDT
Sheep gene insights could help farmers breed healthier animals
Fresh insights into the genetic code of sheep could aid breeding programs to improve their health and productivity. Scientists have now mapped which genes are turned on and off in the different tissues and organs in a sheep's body.
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:34:22 EDT
More efficient use of raw materials with the aid of 'molecular conveyor belts'
Making valuable products, such as fuels, synthetic materials or pharmaceuticals, from renewable raw materials is to date not efficient enough because the microorganisms used only process the raw materials very slowly and generate many by-products in addition to the substances actually wanted. Biotechnologists have now succeeded in optimizing sugar utilization in baker's yeast.
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