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Papers of DNA Pioneer and Nobel Laureate Francis Crick Added to National Library of Medicine’s Profiles in Science Web Site

...sness and free will, can be reduced to fundamental laws of physics and chemistry, and can thus be explained entirely in rational, scientific terms. After 1953, Crick devoted most of his effort to solving the genetic coding problem, the problem of how genes controlled the synthesis of proteins. In 1961, h...

Plants defy Mendel's inheritance laws, may prompt textbook changes

Contrary to inheritance laws the scientific world has accepted for more than 10...This discovery flies in the face of the scientific laws of inheritance first described by Gregor Mendel in the mid-1800s and still taught in classrooms arou...

Applying ecological laws to bacteria

...further evidence that one of the oldest biological laws can also be applied to bacteria living in the sump tank reservoirs of machines in an engineering workshop in Oxford, according to a paper published in Environmental Microbiology. Scientists from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) in Oxford...

Of mice, men, trees and the global carbon cycle

...olic, rates of plants and animals follow different laws of scaling with respect to body size. The work will be published in the Jan. 26 issue of the journal Nature. In revealing nitrogen content as the key to plant metabolic rates, the work uncovered a fundamental difference between plants and animals in...

Hooked on fishing, and we're heading for the bottom, says scientist

... by landing illegal catches, and skirting existing laws through the use of tools such as flags of convenience. And, he says, public policy on marine fish conservation issues is distorted by the fact that most governments view fishing companies, and not their citizens, who actually are the true owners of t...

The Amazon in 2050: Implementing the law could save a million square kilometers of rainforest

...ature. It shows that simply implementing existing laws and proposed protected areas would spare the Amazon one million square kilometers of deforestation (one fifth of the entire forest area), avoiding 17 billion tons of carbon emissions to the atmosphere, the elimination of several forest formations, an...

The diversity of marine life in the Gulf of Maine region is much greater than previously thought

...n ecosystem ?one of the primary goals of fisheries laws in the U.S. and Canada and of recent ocean commissions. "Though the Gulf of Maine is one of the most intensively studied bodies of water in the world, there has never been an undertaking to compile all species living there. This register is the fir...

Illegal trade is propelling rare turtle toward extinction, new report

...ocumentation. Without strict enforcement of these laws the turtle will have no future in the wild." The turtle, whose scientific name is Chelodina mccordi, is a small, odd-looking creature prized by collectors, with a long neck that extends far from its body and resembles a snake. The turtle is found o...

Researchers appeal for new regulations to save coral reefs from live fish trade

...s before local institutions have time to implement laws to regulate the poaching. The bandits take advantage of porous world trade policy and ineffective fisheries management to sell their plunder," says Dr Helen Scales, from the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. By analysing the mass of l...

Major initiative proposed to address amphibian crisis

...getting worse. Traditional programs and current laws and policies alone are insufficient to address global threats that cross boundaries of reserves and nations, the scientists said in their report. ...

Save the whales? Sure, but how many?

...d the diverse ways in which they apply to national laws and international treaties. According to the paper's author, WCS ecologist Dr. Eric Sanderson, 'minimum viable populations' ?the goal commonly used by wildlife managers that aims to have self-sustaining populations ?should be seen as the beginning,...

Blue eyes -- A clue to paternity

...e detection of paternity, based on eye color. The laws of genetics state that eye color is inherited as follows: If both parents have blue eyes, the children will have blue eyes. If both parents have brown eyes, a quarter of the children will have blue eyes, and three quarters will have brown eyes...

Serengeti patrols cut poaching of buffalo, elephants, rhinos

...at protection of wildlife by active enforcement of laws and regulations remains an essential tool for conserving biological diversity," Hobbs says. "This sounds so simple, but it has been controversial." ...

Fighting to keep Darwin in the classroom

...ty, the law lingered on the books, joined by later laws promoting "scientific creationism," and, most recently, "intelligent design." The battle to keep religiously based explanations of the history of life—especially human life—out of the science curriculum continues unabated. And though a number of ed...

Anti-wrinkle compound causes pathological reaction in skin cells

...or stocked in cells or even in the liver. Yet, the laws regulating their use are far less restrictive than those regulating drugs," concludes Dr. Marceau....

Researchers examine carbon capture and storage to combat global warming

...ver training, we don't let children drive, we have laws against drunk driving-we implement a whole system to ensure that the activity is safe.'' Policy and progress Engineers have more than three decades of experience putting carbon dioxide into oil reservoirs, where it increases oil production by...

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