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A much-needed shot in the arm for HIV vaccine development

...tive model that ensures thatresearchers across the globe are harnessing their efforts towards acommon goal."Development of an HIV vaccine remains one of the most difficultchallenges confronting biomedical research today," write the plan'sauthors, but fortunately "scientific progress has created newopportun...

The secret lives of whales

...s a conveyer belt carrying contaminants across the globe and depositing them in the fats of seafood,?says Payne. Now in the final year of a five-year global voyage, Payne’s institute has found and collected skin samples from over 1100 sperm whales from some of the most remote ocean regions of the globe. H...

NIAID Initiates Trial of Experimental Avian Flu Vaccine

...irus strain. The last influenza pandemic swept the globe in 1968; many public health officials believe the world is overdue for another one. The VTEUs now enrolling adult volunteers are * University of California at Los Angeles (Joel Ward, M.D., Principal Investigator) * University of Maryland Sc...

International HapMap consortium expands mapping effort

...f its genetic components." Researchers around the globe can quickly access the HapMap data through free public databases, such as the HapMap Data Coordination Center (http://www.hapmap.org), the NIH-funded National Center for Biotechnology Information's dbSNP (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/projects/SNP/) an...

Reservoirs may accelerate the spread of invasive aquatic species, researchers say

...species, the construction of reservoirs around the globe could be contributing to the accelerating spread of exotic aquatic species, according to a Forum article in the June 2005 issue of BioScience. John A. Havel of Southwest Missouri State University and Carol Eunmi Lee and M. Jake Vander Zanden of the U...

Small species back-up giant marsupial climate change extinction claim

... impacts on modern species." Megafauna roamed the globe in the Pleistocene epoch, between 1.8 million and 10,000 years ago. In the northern hemisphere species such as the woolly mammoth and sabretooth tiger dominated the landscape, while in Australia - which evolved for 40 million years in isolation - gi...

First technology to remove prions that cause vCJD from blood launched

...tivated to donate blood. Other nations around the globe have implemented safeguards similar to those enacted in the UK including leukocyte reduction and donor deferral. Many nations ban blood donations from people who lived or visited countries where BSE infected cattle have been found. These donor defer...

15-year hunt finds cause of pseudothalidomide syndrome

...rdillo, a husband-and-wife team, criss-crossed the globe to continue their work and find better funding opportunities. In Japan, Vega tied the Colombian families' syndrome to a large region of chromosome 8. In The Netherlands, a post-9/11 detour, he added to his analysis samples from Turkish and Italian fa...

Study of energy and health in Africa focuses spotlight on charcoal and forest management

...n nations - collectively the poorest region of the globe - of that switch is impossible." Majid Ezzati, assistant professor of international health at the Harvard School of Public Health and a co-author of the paper, added that "it's also a lot easier to disseminate charcoal in large scale than fossil fue...

Assessing the Amazon River's sensitivity to deforestation

...er nine months to create. Researchers all over the globe are now using this data. The second phase, led by Michael Coe, an associate scientist with The Woods Hole Research Center, was to build the first comprehensive computer model of the Amazon River and floodplain. This model, built over the course of s...

Drawing with DNA: 'Bioart' illuminates genomics

...en day, tens of thousands of biologists around the globe run DNA sequences of unknown function through a lightning-fast online algorithm called BLAST ?typically submitting 200 to 400 base pairs, or "letters" of genetic code, to be matched against the billions of letters for known genes. Searching for simil...

Ships bring alien jellyfish invaders to our shores

...California, Davis. "Marine organisms traverse the globe in ballast water, on ship hulls and through the trade of exotic species such as tropical fish and this has potential to displace local marine species, threaten ecosystems and cause billions of dollars in damage and preventive control," says Dawson wh...

Tropical Deforestation affects rainfall in the U.S. and around the globe

...found that deforestation in different areas of the globe affects rainfall patterns over a considerable region. Deforestation in the Amazon region of South America (Amazonia) influences rainfall from Mexico to Texas and in the Gulf of Mexico. Similarly, deforesting lands in Central Africa affects precipit...

DDT-resistant insects have additional genetic advantage that helps resistance spread

...heir rivals that has helped them spread across the globe ever since, according to research published in Current Biology tomorrow (9 August 2005). This discovery overturns current theories that resistance to pesticides burdens insects with a genetic disadvantage that would stop them from competing with non...

Tropical dry forests receive international recognition

... up of top scientists in the field from around the globe including Sanchez-Azofeifa, who will co-ordinate their efforts. Even from a research point of view, the group has some catching up to do. Since 1945, the ratio of papers published about rainforests versus dry forests is 300 to 1, says Sanchez-Azofeif...

The shape of things to come: Morphology database going global

...he help of machines." Researchers from across the globe can deposit images documenting animal or plant specimens in MorphBank and retrieve images deposited by their colleagues. The NSF grant will allow the FSU team to develop commercial quality software to make the system more user friendly and offer more...

Marine mammals are on the frontline of failing ocean health

...erent levels and timing of chemical use around the globe create distinct chemical signals that are reflected in the tissues of fish, seals, and other killer whale food. Prey from California waters have a chemical signature that reflects high use of DDT as an agricultural pesticide prior to the US ban in t...

World faces challenge as life expectancies lengthen, scientist says

...tay locked out." Medical technologies around the globe An example of this inequality, Tuljapurkar said, is the lack of availability of AIDS antiretrovirals in Africa. Although these medications are widely available in the West, they are out of reach for many African patients, who make up more than 60 p...

Scientists find Antarctic ozone hole to recover later than expected

...ack ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons around the globe on a weekly basis," said Steven Montzka, a research chemist in the Global Monitoring Division at NOAA's Earth Systems Research Laboratory in Boulder, and co-author of the paper. "We make calculations with that information to determine how gases conta...

MatBase -- A new transcription factor knowledge base released by Genomatix

...is, used by more than 31.000 scientists around the globe today. More than 80% of our matrices match less than once in 1000 base pairs of random DNA sequences", she continues. MatInspector employs the weight matrix descriptions as contained in MatBase for performing TF binding site search in regulatory DNA...

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