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Essential mangrove forest threatened by cryptic ecological degradation

The recent killer tsunami has highlighted once more the importance of coastline protection. In natural conditions, this function is taken up by mangroves, forests thriving at the edge of land and sea that are ecologically and socio-economically important for local people in tropical countrie...

New SARS Protein Linked To Important Cell Doorway

...f its pathogenic punch. Their computerized search highlighted a section of the SARS genetic code that shared several features with immune evasion proteins previously identified in other viruses. Some genetic codes contain sequences of protein-building instructions that the organisms never use, and the researche...

Measuring the impact of post-genomics on Mediterranean populations

... in Tunisia, supported by the European Commission, highlighted the role of the life sciences in improving health ...nary and coordinated effort. The two-day workshop highlighted not only the impact of recent progress in genomics on human health in developing countries, but also...

Edible bivalves as a source of human pathogens: signals between vibrios and the bivalve host.

...nd the immune system of bivalves has been recently highlighted by scientists from the Universities of Genova and Urbino (Italy) in Environmental Microbiology. Carla Pruzzo, from the University of Genova explains: "In bivalves, immunity is carried out by circulating haemocytes and soluble haemolymph factors that...

Breath of the dragon: ERS-2 and Envisat reveal impact of economic growth on China's air quality

...dioxide observed in the last decade from space and highlighted the dramatic changes over China. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is associated with nitrogen oxide (NO) in the atmosphere and the sum of the two is called NOX. This is released into the troposphere from power plants, heavy industry and road transport, along...

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

...volved in stimulating flowering, and another study highlighted a surprising cache of RNA. The Nature of Neutron Stars: In 2005, new instruments yielded vivid insights into the most violent behaviors of neutron stars. A short, intense pulse of radiation from near the center of the Milky Way, recorded on 27 Decem...

New research examines genetics of successful aging

...or men and women." The results of the study also highlighted the detrimental effects of cigarette smoking and excessive drinking on successful aging in both sexes. "The finding that genetics, lifestyle decision making, and their interactions, may influence the ability to reach old age with preserved cognition...

Bringing the zoos to the zebras

... and Universities Working Together." The symposium highlighted recent efforts by zoos to move beyond captive breeding and research programs to integrate these activities with conservation efforts in the field. WildCare Institute has become a world leader in this movement, and other speakers described their partn...

Commonly used antidepressants may also affect human immune system

... the journal Blood. In December, the discovery was highlighted for the general scientific audience by the journal Nature Reviews Immunology, and now the research team is working to produce an animal model that may help describe the precise nature of this interaction. "The novelty is that we reveal a potential c...

Faster immune system testing set to improve poultry quality

... disease problems are found all over the world, as highlighted by the emergence of bird flu. Useful research and preventive tool Reduced immunity is a serious problem for commercial poultry producers worldwide. The major cause is viral infection. All viruses can cause immunosuppression to varying degrees but ...

Neuroscientists discover new cell type that may help brain maintain memories of smells

...l Institutes of Health. Strowbridge and Pressler highlighted two distinct set of experiments they hope to pursue in the near future. The first relates to the possible connection between the sense of smell and Alzheimer's disease. The Case investigators found that the same biological machinery that helps the ...

Legume compounds may help cancer treatment

... Peter Gresshoff said the current research success highlighted the importance of a critical mass of multidisciplinary biological scientists working together. "The CILR was formed in 2003 through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of Excellence scheme to create the scale and focus required to build on...

Patients and their doctors have different perceptions about HIV and its treatment

...ts related to HIV treatment. "While the surveys highlighted many similar views between physicians and patients on issues such as treatment goals and satisfaction with currently available antiretroviral drugs," said José M. Zuniga, IAPAC President/CEO and the author of the JIAPAC article, "it is clear that mor...

New GI technologies improve internal organ visualization

...r, EUS-guided angiography successfully and clearly highlighted the vessels. "We feel that based on the results of this study as well as the close proximity of the intestinal wall to vasculature, an EUS-guided approach to perform selective angiography is feasible. Safe access to the vasculature is just the fir...

New research examines genetics of successful aging

...o oxidative stress. The results of the study also highlighted the detrimental effects of cigarette smoking, excessive drinking and serious mental disorders on successful aging in both sexes. "The finding that genetics, lifestyle decision making, and their interactions, may influence the ability to reach old a...

Funding and bureaucracy, not access to journals, are chief obstacles to scientific productivity

...ss the non-financial barriers to productivity were highlighted in the study including help with recruiting suitable research and administrative staff, autonomy in setting research direction, and technical help in writing proposals. "More than anything, the study shows the need for policymakers to listen more c...

Researchers discover how bacteria sense their environments

... drops. How do they do it? New Cornell research, highlighted on the cover of the May issue of Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, reveals that receptors assemble into a kind of cooperative lattice on a bacterium's surface to amplify infinitesimal changes in the environment and kick off processes that lead...

Master planners in brain may coordinate other areas' roles in cognitive tasks

...me to produce the desired melody, then the regions highlighted by the new study may be likened to conductors, res...he study, published in the June 1 issue of Neuron, highlighted three regions, the dorsal anterior cingulate and the left and right frontal operculum. The cingulate...

Stanford discovery may help predict when toxoplasma can be deadly

...icance of these newly discovered proteins is also highlighted in the same issue of Science by another paper with similar findings from a different group of researchers. Additional evidence of the proteins' critical role will be offered by a paper slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Nature, in which Boot...

Replacing insulin is top-ranked breakthrough foreseen for health in developing world

... receiving in industrialized nations. However, as highlighted in the 2005 report of the UN Task Force on Science, Technology, and Innovation, domestic innovation by developing countries is important as it is more likely to be targeted towards local health needs and can be a contributor to health and economic de...

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