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New research indicates a 'troubled' greenhouse is brewing

...l issue of the journal Geology. In this case, the word "troubled" refers to the stormy conditions shown to have been in play during a well-known greenhouse event some 55 million years ago during the late Paleocene epoch. Retallack explored the relationship between seasonality and rainfall in soils, then ...

GeneNotes - A novel information management software for biologists

...arious multimedia formats (e.g., text, image, PDF, word files, etc.), many of which cannot be automatically processed by computers in biologically meaningful ways. In addition, the quality of computational results is far from perfect and requires nontrivial manual examination. The timely selection, integr...

Turning viruses into allies against cancer

To most, the mere mention of the word "virus" stirs up memories of pain, fever and varying levels of suffering. But in recent years, scientists have been trying to turn these long-time medical foes into allies in the fight against cancer. Through genetic engineering, viruses are being r...

The making and breaking of microtubules

...the microtubule grows. But through hydrolysis (the word means "water splitting"), GTP readily changes to a different nucleotide, guanosine diphosphate, or GDP. GDP-bound tubulin depolymerizes the microtubule by curling up protofilaments at its plus end and pulling it apart. Freezing the frenzy: Although...

Combination therapy leads to partial recovery from spinal cord injury in rats

... into myelin-producing oligodendrocytes. "The key word here is 'combination.' This is one of a series of new studies showing that a combination of therapies is needed for successful spinal repair, in this case, specialized cells and growth factors. The experiments also used a combination of outcomes -- p...

For first time, brain cells generated in a dish

...matopoiesis, with "poiesis" derived from the Greek word meaning "to make." Scientists in Steindler's lab noticed the similarities between primitive cell development in blood and in the brain in the late 1990s, calling the process "neuropoiesis." "The exciting part is we are actually using methods that r...

From a Few Wild Ancestors, a Citrus Cornucopia

For most of us, the word “citrus?conjures up images of oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes -- and possibly citrons or blood oranges, if you’re a true connoisseur of fruit. But for ARS horticulturalist Robert R. Krueger, the genus Citrus includes at least 16 species, with hu...

Monkeys understand numbers across senses

...r abstractly," she said. "When we humans apply the word 'three' to sounds or visual images, we're using language to link these different sets from different modalities. And the question has been whether an animal without that kind of language based representation can still notice or represent these common...

MIT researcher finds neuron growth in adult brain

...the cell: the dendrite. A dendrite, from the Greek word for tree, is a branched projection of a nerve cell that conducts electrical stimulation to the cell body. "We do see relatively large-scale growth" in the dendrites, Nedivi said. "Maybe we would get some level of improvement (in spinal cord patients...

HIV-infected adults in Botswana respond positively to ARV therapy public treatment program

...is also called the "Tshepo" Study, "Tshepo" is the word for "hope" in Setswana. This study was recently extended through 2007, making it the largest and longest running adult ARV treatment research study in the region. ...

New Therapeutic Target Identified In Inherited Brain Tumor Disorder

...is also called the "Tshepo" Study, "Tshepo" is the word for "hope" in Setswana. This study was recently extended through 2007, making it the largest and longest running adult ARV treatment research study in the region. ...

Largest computational biology simulation mimics life’s most essential nanomachine

...is also called the "Tshepo" Study, "Tshepo" is the word for "hope" in Setswana. This study was recently extended through 2007, making it the largest and longest running adult ARV treatment research study in the region. ...

Making medicine 'smarter'

As much as patients would like for the word "doctor" to mean "all-knowing," unfortunately, this will never be the case. Human fallibility on the part of medical professionals sometimes leads to devastating misdiagnoses that can result in additional suffering, or even death, for their patients....

You will remember this

...re able to predict whether someone will remember a word before they even see it. That's really new - scien...ord. Participants either had to decide whether the word referred to something living, or whether the first and last letters of the word were in alphabetical...

Canine cancer vaccine program shows early promise

It wasn't publicized, other than by word of mouth, and still the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine was overwhelmed with requests. Since 1998, the school's oncology department has been producing an anti-cancer vaccine for dogs diagnosed with melanoma. Though it...

Researchers release new variety of asparagus

...asparagus breeding." Asparagus, which is a Greek word meaning stalk or shoot, grows best in sandy, well-drained soils. The plant can be productive for 15 years or more. Asparagus spears grow from a crown ?the root system of an asparagus plant that is grown from seed. The crown is planted about a foot de...

Warbling whales speak a language all their own

...g English generate 10 bits of information for each word spoken. "Although whale song is nothing like human language, I wouldn't be surprised if some marine mammals have the ability to communicate in a complex way," said Suzuki. "Given that the underwater environment is very different from our world, it is...

Discovery of new molecular tools for biosynthesis could lead to advances in use of pectin

..., one of the researchers involved said, "the first word of the Rosetta Stone that will show us the blueprint for pectin biosynthesis." The project, led by Debra Mohnen of the UGA department of biochemistry and molecular biology and the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, was just published in the Proce...

'Word-vision' brain area confirmed

...rt to the idea of partial regional selectivity for word perception in the ventral cortex," they wrote. Im...cognition time increased linearly as a function of word length. Such findings indicated that the patient had been reduced to recognizing words letter by let...

Rare Chinese frogs communicate by means of ultrasonic sound

First came word that a rare frog (Amolops tormotus) in China sings like a bird, then that the species produces very high-pitch ultrasonic sounds. Now scientists say that these concave-eared torrent frogs also hear and respond to the sounds. The findings, to appear ...

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