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How black truffles deal with the jumpers in their genome

7/30/2014
The black truffle uses reversible epigenetic processes to regulate its genes, and adapt to changes in its surroundings. The 'methylome' - a picture of the genome regulation taking place in the truffle, is published in the open access journal Genome Biology and illustrates how the truffle deals with its complex genome's repeating elements and 'jumping genes'. The authors say this may shed lig... [Comments]

Classic Lewis Carroll character inspires new ecological model

7/30/2014
Inspired by the Red Queen in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, collaborators from the University of Illinois and National University of Singapore improved a 35-year-old ecology model to better understand how species evolve over decades to millions of years. The new model, called a... [Comments]Classic Lewis Carroll character inspires new ecological model

Deep-sea octopus has longest-known egg-brooding period

7/30/2014
A deep-sea octopus protected and tended her eggs until they hatched 4.5 years later, according to a study published July 30, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Bruce Robison from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and colleagues. Octopuses typically have a single repro... [Comments]Deep-sea octopus has longest-known egg-brooding period

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering: Brand-new journal launches in 2015, names editor

7/30/2014
The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced today that David L. Kaplan, Ph.D., will head the brand-new, web-only journal ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering as editor-in-chief. With the first issue slated for publication in January 2015, the new journal will feature high-quality research in the rapidly burgeoning field of biomaterials, the study of engineered or naturally derived materi... [Comments]

Conservation scientists asking wrong questions on climate change impacts on wildlife

7/30/2014
Scientists studying the potential effects of climate change on the world's animal and plant species are focusing on the wrong factors, according to a new paper by a research team from the Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Queensland, and other organizations. The authors claim that most of the conservation science is missing the point when it comes to climate change. While t... [Comments]

When cooperation counts

7/30/2014
Everybody knows the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and now Harvard researchers have evidence that sperm have been taking the familiar axiom to heart. Though competition among individual sperm is usually thought to be intense, with each racing for the chance to fertilize the egg, Harvard scientists say in some species, sperm form cooperative groups that allow them... [Comments]

Entomological Society of America recognizes 2014 fellows

7/30/2014
The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has elected ten new Fellows of the Society for 2014. The election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration. The following Fellows will be recognized during Entomology 2014 -- ESA's 62nd Annual Meeting -- which will be held N... [Comments]

Scientists reproduce evolutionary changes by manipulating embryonic development of mice

7/30/2014
A group of researchers from the University of Helsinki and the Universitat Autnoma de Barcelona have been able experimentally to reproduce in mice morphological changes which have taken millions of years to occur. Through small and gradual modifications in the embryonic development of mice teeth, induced in the laboratory, scientists have obtained teeth which morphologically are very similar t... [Comments]

San Antonio Life Sciences Institute awards $25,000 for stem cell research

7/30/2014
The San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI), a joint venture between The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has selected the winners of the Postdoc Initiative Pilot Program. The winners, Emily Boice from UTSA and Le... [Comments]San Antonio Life Sciences Institute awards $25,000 for stem cell research

OUP to partner with the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology

7/30/2014
Oxford University Press (OUP) is pleased to announce its new relationship with the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP). Beginning in 2015, OUP and CINP will partner to publish International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology ( IJNP ) as a fully open-access journal. Alan Frazer, Editor-in-Chief of IJNP said, "Our belief is that the size and expertise of OUP will furt... [Comments]

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