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Genome of deadly amoeba shows surprising complexity, evidence of lateral gene transfer

...an of Sanger said, "The results give a fascinating glimpse of how this ancient parasite evolved and highlight unusual metabolic processes that may be exploitable as drug targets." The project also identified some large families of surface proteins that may help mediate the amoeba's ability to evade the huma...

Photos show jaguar vamping for camera

...infrared beam, capture little more than a fleeting glimpse of wildlife. No one knows why this particular jaguar spent so much time in front of the camera, where it alternatively sat, laid on his side or on his back with his feet in the air, rolled over, slept or simply stared back at the lens. "Perhaps he's...

Grizzlies set to invade high Arctic?

... University of Alberta. Dr. England got his first glimpse of the surprising Melville Island grizzly bear from the air during a helicopter ride to a geology research site in 2003. He photographed mid-distance shots of the large bear with characteristic grizzly features including a prominent shoulder hump, da...

ORNL, UC Berkeley unravel real-world clues to Earth's mysteries

...fice of Science, noted that this research offers a glimpse of what will be possible in the near future. "This... research up a quantum step by obtaining the first glimpse into the complex proteome dataset of this microbial community," Hettich said. "To do this, it was cr...

Evolution of life on Earth may hold key to finding life in outer space

... explores extreme environments of Earth for a rare glimpse at microbes known as extremophiles that thrive in environments once thought too extreme to sustain life. Given the intense conditions under which these microbes are able to exist on Earth, the likelihood of finding life in outer space also increases....

Science's Breakthrough of the Year: Watching evolution in action

...the human genetic sequence, hoping to get a better glimpse of the human species' evolutionary history. The two studies give scientists new material for studying conditions from AIDS to heart disease, and may lay the groundwork for a future of personalized genetic medicine. This year's sequencing of the 1918...

NIH launches comprehensive effort to explore cancer genomics

...l provide researchers and clinicians with an early glimpse of what is hoped will evolve into an unprecedented, comprehensive "atlas" of information describing the genomes of all cancers. This atlas will enable researchers throughout the world to analyze and use the data in their own research to develop new d...

Researchers use dirt to stay one step ahead of antibiotic resistance

...ht. "Their coping tactics may be able to give us a glimpse into the future of clinical resistance to antibiotics." "This research suggests that not only can the study of resistance in the soil help predict future clinical emergence, but it can also guide the development of therapies to counteract this res...

Novel molecular 'signature' marks DNA of embryonic stem cells

...gram at the Broad Institute. "It has allowed us to glimpse the molecular strategies that cells use to maintain an almost infinite potential, which will have important applications to our understanding of normal biology and disease." Chromatin–the protein scaffold that surrounds DNA ?acts not only as a supp...

Forsyth scientists gain greater understanding of how embryos differentiate left from right

...ge and pH gradients. For the first time, we have a glimpse of how three different vertebrates utilize such ion flows in concert with ciliary movement and the function of pre-nervous neurotransmitters." The findings, to be published in the May 1 issue of Development (available online on April 18th) are key f...

High resolution 'snapshots' detail dynamics of a cocaine antibody

... an antibody-mediated reaction and provided a rare glimpse of the structural dynamics involved. With this information, it's possible to move onto the next step in the development of a treatment for cocaine abuse and addiction." ...

APS lecturer shows rare video of 'teacher-student' immune cell interactions in live animal

...any of the physiologists in attendance their first glimpse of these cells in action in a live animal. Scientists have long studied the immune system, imagining how many of the component cells proceed on their microscopic duties. Until recently, there has been no way to directly view much of this complex cel...

How can identical twins be genetically different?

... with this process. "This paper describes only a glimpse of what this approach might reveal. There are many other categories of genes where expression varies between twins. We are just beginning to understand how RA is able to affect people in different ways. The newly discovered genes provide important in...

Drug discovery team to explore newly discovered deep-sea reefs

...ty of Miami allowed researchers to get an enticing glimpse of the bottom, but until researchers make it to the seafloor in the submersible they will not be able to determine the extent and biological diversity of the newly discovered reefs. Harbor Branch has discovered a number of other new deepwater reefs i...

Deep-water discovery

...veloped allowed the researchers to get an enticing glimpse of the bottom but until researchers make it to the seafloor in the submersible they will not be able to determine the extent and biological diversity of the newly discovered areas. Harbor Branch has discovered a number of other new deepwater reefs i...

Ready, set, mutate?and may the best microbe win

... for evolutionary dominance, today offer the first glimpse of how individual genetic-level adaptations play out as Darwinian natural selection in large populations. The results appear in the May 19 issue of Molecular Cell. "One of our most surprising findings is that an estimated 20 million point mutations ...

Transgenic goat's milk offers hope for tackling children's intestinal disease

...odel for humans. In this study, the pigs provide a glimpse of how such milk might impact people's digestive systems. The kid goats were chosen for the other model in order to study the effect of the transgenic milk on ruminants -- animals like goats, sheep and cows -- which have multi-chambered stomachs. ...

Gorilla susceptibility to Ebola virus: the cost of sociality

...and solitary gorillas. The findings offer a unique glimpse into the factors affecting the threat the deadly virus poses to great apes. The work is reported in the July 12th issue of the journal Current Biology by a team of researchers including Damien Caillaud and colleagues from the University of Montpell...

NASA study: Alaskan fires affected Houston air quality in 2004

... of Geophysical Research, offers scientists a rare glimpse at the precise air-quality effects from pollutants generated thousands of miles away. The study, conducted by researchers from Valparaiso University and Rice University, found that ozone pollution levels increased significantly in the air above Hous...

Molecular structure reveals how botulinum toxin attaches to nerve cells

...rough two of these RCEs has provided a rare atomic glimpse of the initial step one of these toxins takes to gain entry into human neurons. In an advanced online publication of the journal Nature, the scientists show structurally how botulinum neurotoxin B (one of seven toxins the bacterium produces) re...

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