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W.M. Keck Foundation funds study of friendly microbes

...s will use a new type of mass spectrometer with an unprecedented capacity to accurately and rapidly identify these metabolites. "We very grateful to the Keck foundation, which has committed itself to funding high-risk projects designed to overcome key obstacles in emerging fields in science so that rapid progress...

Novel technology detects human DNA mutations

Researchers at Nanosphere, Inc. today reported unprecedented benefits in the company's technology for the medical analysis of human DNA. Nanosphere's nanoparticle-based technology allows for rapid, highly-sensitive and specific Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) genotyping, which is the direct detection of...

Genome of deadly amoeba shows surprising complexity, evidence of lateral gene transfer

...nusual feature of the genome is the presence of an unprecedented number of tRNA (transfer RNA) genes, which constitute nearly 10 percent of the sequence data collected for the project. These genes appear to be present within the genome in long arrays whose structural or functional significance is not yet known. "...

The transparent organism: EMBLEM and Carl Zeiss give labs a unique look at life

..., living organisms. SPIM allows us to do that with unprecedented quality." In a series of technical innovations, Stelzer and his colleagues (in particular Jim Swoger and Jan Huisken) have made it possible to make three-dimensional films of the inner workings of living organisms at a much higher level of detail th...

The secret lives of whales

...rgue that the recent surge in minke populations is unprecedented and is hampering the recovery of other whales, pointing to the need for resumed whaling. Yet the whales?varied DNA reveals a different story, a past with an ocean teeming with whales. It also shows a steadily growing population, with drastic decline...

South America's vast pantanal wetland may become next everglades, UNU experts warn

...ve remained pristine, today the ecosystem is under unprecedented pressure from economic development, alterations of its water courses and conversion to other land uses." "Moreover, global climate change poses great environmental threats to wetlands," according to the analysis, "fundamentally altering their ecolog...

Carnegie Mellon scientists develop tool that uses MRI to visualize gene expression in living animals

... cells to make their own contrast agents, enabling unprecedented high-resolution, deep-tissue imaging of gene expression. The results, appearing in the April issue of Nature Medicine, hold considerable promise for conducting preclinical studies in the emerging field of molecular therapeutics and for monitoring the...

Unprecedented water level rise in Somalia

... villages being wiped out, locals are reporting an unprecedented rise in Somalia's Shabelle River and that a major ...o meters in 15 hours. It was by all local accounts unprecedented in recent times and indicated that a major surge of water was now passing into Central Somalia. Heav...

Vampire bats keep out of trouble by running

...covered that these bats not only walk but run. The unprecedented gait of Desmodus rotundus is described in a brief communication in this week's issue of Nature magazine (March 17, 2005) from Daniel Riskin, Cornell graduate student in zoology, and his adviser John W. Hermanson, associate professor of biomedical sci...

New online portal merges vast data on Gulf of Maine ecosystem

... researchers to combine and analyze information in unprecedented ways, creating new insights into the Gulf of Maine's ecology. Launched today by the Gulf of Maine Area program of the Census of Marine Life, the Dynamic Atlas of the Gulf of Maine, online at http://gmbis.iris.usm.maine.edu, will enhance current unde...

Stem Cell Research Shows Potential for Replacing Tissue Damaged in Heart Attacks

... He notes, however, that the research has achieved unprecedented levels of success in this area. Dr. Lough’s laboratory currently is developing support to expand these findings in several areas that will provide additional information. First, they want to identify the factors from precardiac endoderm that induce ...

Medical whistleblowers speak out

...x, said FDA drug safety officer David Graham at an unprecedented roundtable of medical whistleblowers sponsored by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) and the Government Accountability Project. In comments that echoed his now infamous testimony to the US Senate Finance Committee, Graham said that, "Nearly 60,000...

Conserved amino acids play both structural and mechanistic roles in sandwich-like protein

...nal protein structure? In our paper, we unravel an unprecedented answer to this question." Wittung-Stafshede and graduate student Corey Wilson analyzed the purpose of six of the eight amino acids by exchanging a nonessential amino acid for each of them and monitoring the effect on the protein structure. (For tech...

Finding hidden invaders in a Hawaiian rain forest

... and The Nature Conservancy have teamed up with an unprecedented plan to map the chemical and structural composition of Hawaiian ecosystems and to find invasive species and track their ecological impacts. This month, Carnegie global ecologists and engineers from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory are flying an upg...

Census of Marine Life explorers surprised by diversity, density of Arctic creatures

... of Marine Life (www.CoML.org), an independent and unprecedented 10-year global scientific collaboration to invento...riving the International Polar Year of 2007/08, an unprecedented international collaboration of which the Censuses of Arctic and Antarctic Marine Life will form an i...

UN: World in big ecological mess

...ntries. "The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment is an unprecedented contribution to our global mission for development, sustainability and peace." The four-year assessment was designed by a partnership of UN agencies, international scientific organizations and development agencies, with private sector and civil soci...

Researchers Discover That Microbes Can Produce Miniature Electrical Wires

... wide. “Such long, thin conductive structures are unprecedented in biology,?said Lovley. “This completely changes our concept of how microorganisms can handle electrons, and it also seems likely that microbial nanowires could be useful materials for the development of extremely small electronic devices.?/p> “...

Breakthrough: Scientists create world's tiniest organic particles

...c material, pharmaceuticals and other compounds of unprecedented small size and uniformity. The tiny bits are so small they can be designed and constructed to measure only a hundred nanometers or so in diameter. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter. Leading the group is Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone, William R. Kenan J...

FSU scientist warns North Atlantic right whale facing extinction

...ek and his co-principal investigators documents an unprecedented eight whale deaths during the past 16 months -- almost three times the average annual rate in 25 years of study of the species -- including six adult females, three of which carried near-term fetuses. At least four of the whales were killed by human ...

Scientists to mimic nature for newest cancer drugs

...ek and his co-principal investigators documents an unprecedented eight whale deaths during the past 16 months -- almost three times the average annual rate in 25 years of study of the species -- including six adult females, three of which carried near-term fetuses. At least four of the whales were killed by human ...

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