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Inexpensive, mass-produced genes core of synthetic biology advances at UH

...ndgenes, would be prohibitive, costing millions of dollars and years oftime. The system developed by Gao and her partners employs digitaltechnology similar to that used in making computer chips and therebyreduces cost and time factors drastically. Gao’s group estimates thatthe new technology will be about on...

Learning to fight an adversary that won't stay down

...other researchers have put hundreds of millions of dollars into 'modern' approaches to antibiotic discovery over the past six or seven years and this has failed miserably." The scientist, whose work is supported by Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC), has organized a symposium on the evolutionar...

Not-for-profit publishers call NIH public access rule a missed opportunity

...search Information is wasteful of federal research dollars and a missed opportunity to take advantage of avai...ccessful private efforts; # It will divert federal dollars away from biomedical research at a time of limited domestic discretionary spending; # It will harm t...

Biodiversity hotspots identify conservation priorities

...rioritization strategy for allocating conservation dollars to areas where they can do the most good. "The biodiversity hotspots are the environmental emergency rooms of our planet. This latest assessment underscores the value of the hotspots concept for defining urgent conservation priorities," said Russell...

Transgenic plants remove more selenium from polluted soil than wild plants, new tests show

...iment in the San Luis Drain could cost millions of dollars using conventional methods, including soil washing, excavation and reburial. In contrast, they say that using plants to remove contaminants ? a process called phytoremediation -- provides one of the most cost-effective methods of cleaning polluted so...

Solutions that reduce death of marine life reeled in by International Smart Gear Competition

...ganization, fishermen lose hundreds of millions of dollars a year because of the loss of juvenile fish and non-target fish to bycatch. This team developed a system of angled metal grids and net meshes that catches and sorts mature shrimp and finfish while allowing juvenile shrimp and fish to swim away unharm...

Undesirable expatriates: Preventing the spread of invasive animals

...icultural areas, causing approximately $19 billion dollars worth of damages annually in the U.S. (Pimentel et al. 2000. BioScience 50, 53). The authors' exhaustive analysis, which drew on data from the 15th century to the 20th century, revealed an unsettling conclusion. For every four animals that made the ...

Putting ecology back into river restoration

...tions Environment Programme. Although billions of dollars are spent on river restoration projects worldwide, little agreement exists on how their success is measured. According to lead author Dr Margaret Palmer of the University of Maryland: "Given the rapid rate of global degradation of fresh waters, and t...

Sugar beet virus mutation requires Texas touch

...kes our program totally unique." Outside research dollars began pouring in and Rush's program was reinvigorated in 2002 when a new strain of beet necrotic yellow vein virus emerged. The new strain threatened sugar beet production in California and Minnesota. Getting answers was important because the affect...

Researchers find gene that may be at root of potato blight

...ghout the modern world?on the order of billions of dollars each year. The scientists describe the gene, called Avr3a, in a study that appears online in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers call Avr3a an avirulence gene. This gene is the first avirulence gene...

NHGRI targets 12 more organisms for genome sequencing

... is an insect which causes hundreds of millions of dollars of crop damage each year. The pea aphid is a model for studying rapid adaptation because this species is exceptionally able at adapting to and resisting many pesticides. Understanding this resistance at a molecular level can lead to safer and more ef...

Fungus Effective Against Winged Termites

...ve Formosan termite causes hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and control costs each year. Emerging in late April through June, the winged adults fly briefly before they drop to the ground, shed their wings and find a mate with which to start a new colony that may grow to hundreds of thousands of wood...

Census of Marine Life explorers surprised by diversity, density of Arctic creatures

...untries is expected, together with several million dollars in direct and in-kind support. Countries confirmed to date: Australia, UK, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Russia, New Zealand, Belgium, Chile. Covering 35 million square kilometers (10 per cent of the world's ocean surface),...

Team Invents Device For Weighing Individual Molecules

...ntire laboratory and can cost upwards of a million dollars each, Roukes adds. By contrast, future nanodevice-based systems should cost a small fraction of today's technology, and an entire massively-parallel nanodevice system will probably ultimately fit on a desktop. Roukes says his group has technology in...

Breakthrough: Scientists create world's tiniest organic particles

..., Nanoscience and Technology at UNC. "Billions of dollars are being spent now on nanotechnology and nanoparticles, but 99 percent of the materials people are focusing on are metals and metal oxides, which are inorganic," DeSimone said. "Our method, which is really exciting, for the first time opens the worl...

Shampoo detergent added to paint makes surfaces self-sterilizing

...iseases that cost the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars annually in lost productivity. While it has long been known that our coinage possesses the quality of being self-sterilizing, little previous thought has been given to making frequently handled surfaces such as railings, doorknobs, push-plates, deskt...

Huntington's cure in flies lays groundwork for broader treatment approaches

...ed. Though many might argue for directing research dollars to the continued search for epilepsy genes, Yin believes funding agencies should now consider investing in the search for these "superhighways" of gene convergence. That search might be long and tedious, he adds, but it's most certainly worth a shot...

Ships bring alien jellyfish invaders to our shores

...species, threaten ecosystems and cause billions of dollars in damage and preventive control," says Dawson who tracked the invading jellyfish in Japan, California, western Europe and the east and west Australian coastlines. Introduced species are believed to cost the United States $122 billion per year. Abou...

Controlling wildlife trade key to preventing health crises, study says

...al populations has reached hundreds of billions of dollars globally. "Few threats to global health--including poverty, security issues or climate change--are as immediately manageable as the global trade in wildlife," said Dr. William Karesh, lead author on the study and head of WCS' Field Veterinary Progra...

A step toward the $1,000 personal genome using readily available lab equipment

...quenced just fell from the prohibitive $20 million dollars to about $2.2 million, and the goal is to reduce the amount further--to about $1,000--to make individualized prevention and treatment realistic. The sharp drop is due to a new DNA sequencing technology developed by Harvard Medical School (HMS) resea...

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