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DNA analysis suggests under-reported kills of threatened whales

...ed, why aren't they being reported" Is it to avoid scrutiny of the practice" Or are there other reasons"" The exploitation of illegal, unregulated and unreported seafood products is not restricted to minke whales, or even whales in general, nor is it a new dilemma. Scientists estimate that illegal Soviet w...

Row over study puts Korea's scientific community under scrutiny again

...that is putting Korea's scientific community under scrutiny once again. The dispute has pitted a young Korean doctor, Jeong Hwan Kim, against Kwang Yul Cha, a fertility specialist and one of the most powerful players in the country's struggle for biotech supremacy, writes journalist Jonathan Gornall. It is a...

Scripps research study reveals structural dynamics of single prion molecules

...nusual way-to prove that the protein species under scrutiny were not oligomeric (consisting of multiple proteins in an aggregate). The technology, based on measuring fluorescence bursts from individual tagged proteins, enabled the scientists to determine that the proteins being studied were, in fact, single m...

Protect patients from exploitation by alternative medicines industry

...the alternative medicines industry to the level of scrutiny that defines pharmaceuticals" “Reclassify these agents as drugs - for this is after all how they are marketed - and protect our patients from vile and cynical exploitation whose intellectual basis, at best, might be viewed as delusional. The curre...

Complexity constrains evolution of human brain genes

...r population size can more easily escape the harsh scrutiny of natural selection. When they compared the pace of evolution among genes expressed in the brain, however, the order was reversed. When calibrated against the genomic average, brain genes in humans evolved more slowly than in other primates, whic...

Researchers find that bumblebees' flower choice matters

...behaviors, the task isn't simple, but with tedious scrutiny it is documentable. "Bumblebees definitely have distinct foraging patterns, both among species and even individuals of a single species," Karron says. In fact, some of the many different behaviors lead to far more fruitful propagation than others. ...

The brain, traffic and nano-circuits -- e-Science takes on major challenges

... programme. e-Science is opening up to scientific scrutiny challenging problems that had seemed out of reach, or even impossible to tackle. By giving researchers access from their own desktops to resources held on widely-dispersed computers, it is enabling research that would have been impossible using one ...

Supersized 'island' of resistance genes discovered in an infectious bacterium

... discover 19 new resistance genes that escaped the scrutiny of the large number of laboratories already working on multi-drug resistant A. baumannii throughout the world. This is a demonstration of the efficiency of the whole genome approach in characterizing new pathogens," said Jean-Michel Claverie, senior...

Multi-million pound UK Biobank underway

...uthorised access to participant's data -- and this scrutiny will be ongoing." ...

Relic of life in that Martian meteorite? A fresh look

...ed Planet. The materials have been under intense scrutiny ever since. Scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory, with colleagues,1 have taken a fresh look at how material associated with carbonate globules was created using sophisticated instrumentation and they compared the results to...

Cells direct membrane traffic by channel width

...a variety of diseases. Aquaporins are a target of scrutiny for the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Using steered molecular dynamics, Beckman researchers have solved a mystery that years of protein crystallography couldn't accomplis...

Toxic flood lifts lid on common urban pollution problem

...er contaminants remain under investigation, public scrutiny has focused on broken sewer pipes and other major failures in the city's infrastructure attributed to Hurricane Katrina. Though these are certainly real problems, it's also highly likely that the stagnant waters are contaminated because they've soake...

Plant pathologists evaluate eco-friendly alternatives to methyl bromide

...ant as many agricultural chemicals undergo intense scrutiny with regard to human toxicity and environmental impact. It is critical that research in these areas continues to move forward so that the next phase-out does not result in decreased vegetable or ornamental production in Florida and the rest of the U....

Medical whistleblowers speak out

...arketing tactics used by drug companies came under scrutiny at the roundtable. Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, a former drug representative who wrote and directed the movie Side Effects, a fictionalized account of her experiences, explained how companies bought doctors' prescribing records so drug representatives...

New lab technique identifies high levels of pathogens in therapy pool

...west therapy pool, pointing to the need for closer scrutiny of public hot pools, says a new study. Led by Washington University in St. Louis and involving the University of Colorado at Boulder and San Diego State University, the new study assessed the microbe population in a warm hospital therapy pool throug...

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