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Ancient genes used to produce salt-tolerant wheat

...imes relies on an element of good fortune, we were lucky to find the durum variety with the ancient genes straight away, otherwise we might have been looking for years." The team used their knowledge of the two genes to construct molecular markers, which are now in use in CSIRO's wheat breeding program...

Gene hunters close in on Lou Gehrig’s disease

... you roll dice 555,352 times, you are bound to get lucky by chance alone on some of those throws,?he says. “The next step is to go back and figure out which of these ‘hits?are real and which are false.? Thousands of other SNPs were more weakly associated with ALS, some of which could turn out to be just...

Army research mission focused on autism

...is now a well-functioning 11 year old. "We were lucky to find what worked best for him," she said. "I have friends who have tried everything, and their children are not progressing and are still presenting with infantile behavior as they enter adolescence." The ASDRP Integration Panel adopted as its ...

Human preference for other species could determine whether they survive

...ppeal to the book-buying public. "Penguins are lucky because they are popular with people, especially right now. But that's not true of 99.9 percent of the species out there," Stokes said. "Even the penguin species I found to be among the least appealing to people are tourist attractions." Tops on ...

Evolution of Old World fruit flies on three continents mirrors climate change

...pt nearly as readily. "We humans are relatively lucky that we have technology that can help us to deal with the changes. The flies can adapt very quickly. We don't know if they can keep up with climate change, but they probably can do it much better than sequoias can." ...

'Scent of a woman' tells male redback spiders to find a mate

...ng and focus solely on finding a mate. If they are lucky enough to find a female, they put all of their resources -- including their life -- into it. In the process, they deposit a sperm plug -- a small part of their copulatory organ that stays inside the female -- that prevents any future males from succe...

New discovery: If it weren't for this enzyme, decomposing pesticide would take millennia

...have found. That may be expensive for farmers but lucky for the environment because University of North Ca...ly novel catalytic activity of the enzyme may be a lucky side reaction of an enzyme that evolved to act on some natural substance yet to be identified." Hor...

Human brain is still evolving

...wo genes represent," said Lahn. "Did we get really lucky and hit on two rare examples of such genes? Or, are they representative of many other such genes throughout the genome. I would bet, though, that we will find evidence of selection in a lot more genes." Lahn and his colleagues are now working to und...

Camera Traps Catch Eye of the Tiger

...e cameras often malfunction, so scientists will be lucky if two-thirds of the pictures are of any animals. Because they had conducted thorough research to determine likely tiger habitat, WWF scientists got their first tiger photo within 10 days of setting the traps. The survey portion of the project will ...

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