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Scratch no more: Gene for itch sensation discovered

...cause pain can be an important protective cue that warns of danger, it may be a distinct advantage to have an anti-itch medication that doesn't compromise our pain-sensing capability. GRPR had been fairly well studied before, but no one could provide a compelling link between GRPR and itching before now. ...

Are journal rankings distorting science?

...to its field. But a report by the BMJ this week warns that the popularity of this ranking is distorting the fundamental character of journals, forcing them to focus more and more on citations and less on readers. Concerns include the fact that a bad paper may be cited because of its infamous errors a...

Are genomic technologies the answer to world hunger?

...d on 5th-6th September at Regent's College, London warns of a caveat to this enthusiasm for the introduction of genomic technologies. Dr Simon Best, Chairman of the Board of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid tropics (ICRISAT) highlights the need for greater and more efficient co...

Good times ahead for dinosaur hunters, according to U of Penn scientist's dinosaur census

...their reign of global dominance. Dodson, however, warns that the picture of the fossil record at the time of extinction is not resolved enough to say definitively. "We have enough information to say for certain that, within six million years of the meteorite's arrival, dinosaur populations were stable," ...

Trials for new drug to overcome HIV

...es tailored to individual patients, though Allaway warns that larger trials are needed and PA-457 will not reach the market until 2009 at the earliest. Other HIV researchers are also enthusiastic about PA-457. "It's a truly novel new class of drugs, and I really support their development," says Charles Bo...

Report warns about carbon dioxide threats to marine life

...ation on Coral Reefs and Other Marine Calcifiers," warns that oceans worldwide absorbed approximately 118 b...cation rates will change in the future, the report warns that the more critical question is: "What does this mean in terms of organism fitness and the future...

Federal testing for mad cow disease a failure, law review editor says

...10 cents to a pound of beef. His article further warns of poor oversight of cattle feed. In particular, the slaughterhouse practice of "rendering," or recycling dead cows and sheep into protein for cattle feed, is believed to be widespread. Congress banned the practice in 1997 following evidence that f...

Poison dart frog mimics gain when birds learn to stay away

...e in the same area and are brightly colored, which warns predators that they may be poisonous. In a series of predator learning experiments, the researchers found that the frogs' predators--in this case birds--learned to avoid anything remotely resembling the most toxic species. "What we found is that p...

Lack of basic research putting patients at risk

... not enough basic clinical research is being done, warns a senior doctor in this week's BMJ. He believes that medical academia is failing patients and clinicians by neglecting this vital area of research. Basic observational research provides the information that doctors need to diagnose and treat patient...

Tiny polyps gorge themselves to survive coral bleaching

...of warming events increases globally. But Grottoli warns that Montipora's resilience doesn't diminish the threat that bleaching events hold for the world's coral reefs. While it might survive while other species may not, on a global scale it is unlikely to re-colonize areas where less-resilient species die...

Researchers develop new method to help find deadly malaria parasite's Achilles heel

...her species studied."The World Health Organization warns that malaria is a growing threat to health worldwide, particularly in poor countries. No malaria vaccine has been developed, and once powerful antimalarial drugs are less and less effective because Plasmodium falciparum has developed resistance to th...

The bioweapon is in the post

...urity response and research will be clamped down," warns Endy. ...

Some good news for the world's poor

...er-fed children in actual terms. However, Dr. Fan warns in his research conclusions that most of these benefits are the results of research conducted in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. For both China andIndia, the increase in experimental yield slowed down in the 1990s. "One of the reasons is a lack of agri...

Tsunami + 1 year: Reviving exhausted fisheries should trump replacing boats, gear, experts say

...e longer-term livelihoods of fishers." WorldFish warns that: 1. The catching power of new boats and fishing gear is likely to be higher than those they replaced; 2. When other livelihood options are unavailable new entrants into the fishery can be expected. Entry of new participants may even be facil...

How fish hear and make sounds at same time

...outside sounds. Just prior to a voicing, the brain warns the ear it should become less sensitive. When analyzed closely, the vocalizations can be broken down into a series of impulses separated in time by only milliseconds. The system is timed only to block out sound at the exact moment when the fish voca...

Infectious disease expert warns of spread of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

...ne infection known as Rocky Mountain spotted fever warns that the first widespread outbreak of the bacterial disease in Arizona is a growing and dangerous sign of how humans can inadvertently help spread infectious organisms beyond traditional state boundaries. In an article to be published in The New Eng...

Targeting a key enzyme with gene therapy reversed course of Alzheimer's disease in mouse models

...se has already progressed relatively far." But he warns that it is too early to make direct comparisons with the human disease, since mice ordinarily don't develop the symptoms of the disease unless they are genetically engineered to do so. Amyloid plaques, which are insoluble protein clumps in the brain...

A Father’s Day Gift: Free DNA Paternity Testing

...rotection from unfettered commercial exploitation, warns a new report from the Japan-based United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). Increasingly recognized as important to humankind for their potential medical and other uses, deep sea resources are now more accessible and vulner...

Clear rules needed to govern deep sea bioprospecting: UNU

...rotection from unfettered commercial exploitation, warns a new report from the Japan-based United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). Increasingly recognized as important to humankind for their potential medical and other uses, deep sea resources are now more accessible and vulner...

Leptin-signaling Protein Maintains Normal Body Weight And Energy Balance In Mice

...an 2% in sub-Saharan Africa. The WorldFish Center warns that simply maintaining today's per capita fish supply in sub-Saharan Africa (6.6 kg/year) requires a 20% increase in production within 10 years and a 32% increase within 15 years (2020). Given the minimal additional potential of capture fisheries, ...

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