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April 1, 2020

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Old human cells return to a more youthful and vigorous state after being induced to briefly express a panel of proteins involved in embryonic development, according to a ... read more

Completely New Antibiotic Resistance Gene Has Spread Unnoticed to Several Pathogens

Aminoglycoside antibiotics are critically important for treating several types of infections with multi-resistant bacteria. A completely new ... read more

Ancient Fish Fossil Reveals Evolutionary Origin of the Human Hand

An ancient Elpistostege fish fossil found in Miguasha, Canada, has revealed new insights into how the human hand evolved from fish fins. Paleontologists have revealed the fish specimen has yielded ... read more
As scientists scramble to learn more about the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, two recent studies of the virus' genome reached ... read more
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Copper Boosts Pig Growth, and Now We Know Why

Pigs have better feed conversion rates with copper in their diets, but until now, scientists didn't fully understand why. Existing research from the University of Illinois shows copper ... read more

Standardizing COVID-19 Data Analysis to Aid International Research Efforts

Researchers have launched a new database to advance the international research efforts studying COVID-19. The publicly-available, free-to-use resource can be used by researchers from around the world ... read more

COVID-19 Linked to Cardiac Injury, Worse Outcomes for Patients With Heart Conditions

COVID-19 can have fatal consequences for people with underlying cardiovascular disease and cause cardiac injury even in patients without underlying heart conditions, according to a new ... read more

Animals Keep Viruses in the Sea in Balance

A variety of sea animals can take up virus particles while filtering seawater for oxygen and food. Sponges are particularly ... read more

Some COVID-19 Patients Still Have Coronavirus After Symptoms Disappear

Researchers found that half of the patients they treated for mild COVID-19 infection still had coronavirus for up to eight days after symptoms ... read more

Scientists Identify Microbe That Could Help Degrade Polyurethane-Based Plastics

One of the most widely used oil-based plastics, polyurethane, is particularly hard to recycle or destroy safely. It also releases toxic chemicals into landfills. However, some microorganisms are ... read more

Biophysics: Lifting the Lid on Beta-Barrels

The interaction between biotin and streptavidin is a well-established experimental tool in bionanotechnology. Physicists have now shown that the mechanical stability of the complex is dependent on ... read more

What Can Be Learned from the Microbes on a Turtle's Shell?

Researchers have found that a unique type of algae, usually only seen on the shells of turtles, affects the surrounding microbial communities. It is hoped that these findings can be applied to ... read more

Guppies Help Their Brothers When It Comes to the Opposite Sex

Researchers found that male Trinidadian guppies observe a form of nepotism when it comes to pursuing the opposite sex. These tiny tropical fish often help their brothers in the mating process by ... read more

The Genetic Quest to Understand COVID-19

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is now likely to become the fifth endemic coronavirus in humans. Scientists are working to decipher its genome to help us stop other ... read more

Scientists Create Model to Measure How Cells Sense Their Surroundings

Our body's ability to detect disease, foreign material, and the location of food sources and toxins is all determined by a cocktail of chemicals that surround our cells, as well as our ... read more

A Possible Treatment for COVID-19 and an Approach for Developing Others

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease is more transmissible, but has a lower mortality rate than its sibling, SARS-CoV, according to a new review ... read more

Since pre-industrial times, the world's oceans have warmed by an average of one degree Celsius (1°C). Now researchers report that those rising temperatures have led to widespread changes in the ... read more

New Feathered Dinosaur Was One of the Last Surviving Raptors

Dineobellator notohesperus lived 67 million years ... read more

DNA Riddle Unravelled: How Cells Access Data from 'Genetic Cotton Reels'

With so much genetic information packed in such a tiny space, how cells access DNA when it needs it is something of a mystery. Research has now revealed the role played by motor protein CHD4 that ... read more

A Small Forage Fish Should Command Greater Notice, Researchers Say

A slender little fish called the sand lance plays a big role as 'a quintessential forage fish' for puffins, terns and other seabirds, humpback whales and other marine mammals, and even ... read more

Bats Depend on Conspecifics When Hunting Above Farmland

Common noctules -- one of the largest bat species native to Germany -- are searching for their fellows during their hunt for insects above farmland. Scientists show that bats forage on their own in ... read more

Too Much Salt Weakens the Immune System

A high-salt diet is not only bad for one's blood pressure, but also for the immune system. Mice fed a high-salt diet were found to suffer from much more severe bacterial infections. Human ... read more

Here Be Dragons: Analysis Reveals New Species in 'Smaug' Lizard Group

Smaug, the deadly dragon in J.R.R Tolkien's 'The Hobbit,' has a newly discovered living relative. With dense, alligator-like armor, this small, real-life dragon lizard, Smaug swazicus, ... read more

Tuberculosis Bacterium Uses Sluice to Import Vitamins

A transport protein that is used by the human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis to import vitamin B12 turns out to be very different from other transport proteins. It contains a huge water-filled ... read more

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