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Breakthrough developments in rheumatoid arthritis reported

...rheumatoid arthritis. The genes will help tell the story of how the immune system works to create specific antibodies that in turn increase a person’s risk for this crippling disease. On Monday at the Federation of Clinical Immunology Services’ (FOCIS) meetings in San Diego, CA, Dr. Gregersen and his ...

Electric fish conduct electric duets in aquatic courtship

... based on sex. The research, which is the cover story in the July 1 issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology, is authored by Carl D. Hopkins, Cornell professor of neurobiology and behavior, and Ryan Wong '05, who conducted the study as an undergraduate for his senior honors thesis and is now a Ph.D....

Ancient retrovirus sheds light on modern pandemic

...fighting off one virus at a time. Uncovering the story of TRIM5a's role in battling one ancient retrovirus while increasing human susceptibility to modern-day HIV "is a lot like doing archaeology -- figuring out how humans have become who we are today and why we are or are not susceptible to modern virus...

Ice Age extinction claimed highly carnivorous Alaskan wolves

...waned. For the specialized Alaskan wolves, the story is perhaps less complicated. “When their prey disappeared, these wolves did as well,” Leonard said. But the results of this study also imply that the effects of the extinction were broader than previously thought. “There may be other extinctions of u...

Brain's white matter -- More 'talkative' than once thought

...he discovery in mouse cells, outlined in the cover story of the March issue of Nature Neuroscience, shows that brain cells “talk?with each other in more ways than previously thought. “We were surprised to see these nerve axons talking to other cells in the white matter,?says Dwight Bergles, Ph.D., an a...

Massive coral death attributed to earthquake

...iety –Indonesia Marine Program reports: "This is a story of mass mortality on a scale rarely observed. In contrast to other threats like coral bleaching, none of the corals uplifted by the earthquake have survived". Dr Andrew Baird of ARCCoERS says: "Amazingly, the uplifted corals are so well preserved ...

Protein fragments sequenced in 68 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex

... a discovery widely covered. After seeing one such story in the New York Times, Cantley contacted Asara who...e New York Times article and saw Mary Schweitzer’s story of having uncovered this dinosaur that this is exactly the sort of thing that would appeal to John a...

New cell type identified in cancer development

...l-blown cancer stem cells." It was a different story with the mice with impaired immune systems, however. In those animals, the pCSCs developed into solid tumors, developing additional mutations in different cell types as they grew and spread. Additional experiments revealed that the piwil2 gen...

Organic is healthier: Kiwis prove that green is good

...ease", he added. Casey Gauthier reports on this story in Chemistry & Industry. ### Please acknowledge Chemistry & Industry and / or the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture as the source of these items. If publishing online, please include a hyperlink to http://www.chemind.org...

Immunization rates hit record high in poor countries

...ngus success story." For some, a fungus success story means nothing is growing at the back of their refrigerator. But for Costa, research assistant professor of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont, and Grassano, his graduate student, the vigorous growth in their laboratory of this fungus...

US conservation efforts bring more marine turtles to UK

...e United States and Mexico. ‘The data tells the story of the interaction between marine turtles and humans over the last hundred years,?said Matthew Witt of the University of Exeter. ‘Following a severe decline as a result of human activity in the first-half of the last century, we can now see the posit...

Fungal factories may save hemlock forests

...ngus success story." For some, a fungus success story means nothing is growing at the back of their refrigerator. But for Costa, research assistant professor of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont, and Grassano, his graduate student, the vigorous growth in their laboratory of this fungus...

Genes and genius: Researchers confirm association between gene and intelligence

...to put those pictures into an order that tells the story of how the child dropped the vase and broke it and then cried." The researchers studied DNA gathered as part of the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA). In this multi-center study, people who have been treated for alcohol depe...

Does evolution select for faster evolvers?

... gene transfer in the work in a January 2007 cover story in the Physics Today, showing how HGT compliments the modular nature of genetic information, making it feasible to swap whole sets of genetic code ?like the genes that allow bacteria to defeat antibiotics. "Life clearly evolved to store genetic in...

With fruit fly sex, researchers find mind-body connection

...ystem, to affect this sexual behavior. "The big story is the crossover between the 'mind' and 'body' pathways," McKeown said. "If sexual behaviors are genetically controlled in humans, I expect that this system would be just as much, if not more, complicated." ...

Triple threat: World fin trade may harvest up to 73 million sharks per year

...tions, according to a paper published as the cover story in the October 2006 edition of Ecology Letters. "The shark fin trade is notoriously secretive. But we were able tap into fin auction records and convert from fin sizes and weights to whole shark equivalents to get a good handle on the actual numbe...

NASA satellite data helps assess the health of Florida's coral reef

...tract is considered by some to be a modest success story as many of the corals persist despite the many stressors including impacts from human coastal development and recreation." Coral is a rocklike deposit of skeletons from marine animals that accumulate to form reefs, providing habitat for more than 1...

Genome archaeology illuminates the genetic engineering debate

Genome Research's cover story for Oct. 2 tells a tale of "genome archaeology" by genetic researchers who dug deeply into the long history of maize and rice. Their resulting insights into plant genomic evolution may well fuel the fires of the genetically modified organism (GMO) co...

Small, smaller, smallest -- The plight of the vaquita

...ound 400 animals. If the vaquita goes extinct, its story will be the chronicle of an announced extinction. For decades scientists from Mexico and abroad, in various international and national fora, have warned the Mexican Government that the vaquita was at risk of being extirpated as a result of the bycatc...

Asia's odd-ball antelope gets collared

... economy, the saiga can easily emerge as a success story with a little scientific input and support for local communities" offers Joel Berger, project co-director and Senior Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. "We must take immediate actions to protect habitat and stop and poaching for sa...

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