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April 1, 2020

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Lifestyle Is a Threat to Gut Bacteria: Ötzi Proves It, Study Shows

The evolution of dietary and hygienic habits in Western countries is associated with a decrease in the bacteria that help in digestion. These very bacteria were also found in the Iceman, who lived ... read more

Harnessing Tomato Jumping Genes Could Help Speed-Breed Drought-Resistant Crops

Once dismissed as 'junk DNA' that served no purpose, a family of 'jumping genes' found in tomatoes has the potential to accelerate crop breeding for ... read more

New Way to Test for Drug Resistant Infections

Scientists have modified an antibiotic from the beta-lactam family so that it can be attached to a sensor, enabling them to detect the presence of bacteria resistant to ... read more

Bacteria Made to Mimic Cells, Form Communities

Scientists have found a way to make single-celled bacteria behave like stem cells, differentiating into genetically unique individuals as they ... read more
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Loss of Protein Disturbs Intestinal Homeostasis and Can Drive Cancer

An international team of researchers has identified a novel function for the cell death regulating protein MCL1: It is essential in protecting the intestine against cancer development -- independent ... read more

Bacteria Engineered to Protect Bees from Pests and Pathogens

Scientists report that they have developed a new strategy to protect honey bees from a deadly trend known as colony collapse: genetically engineered strains of bacteria. This is the first time anyone ... read more

Unique New Antiviral Treatment Made Using Sugar

New antiviral materials made from sugar have been developed to destroy viruses on contact and may help in the fight against viral outbreaks. This new development from a collaborative team of ... read more

A Host's Genes Likely Influence the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

New findings in mSphere suggest that the genetic makeup of the host organism can influence the transfer of plasmids. By identifying the host factors that facilitate or stop plasmid transfer, the ... read more

A Heart-Healthy Protein from Bran of Cereal Crop

Foxtail millet is an annual grass grown widely as a cereal crop in parts of India, China and Southeast Asia. Milling the grain removes the hard outer layer, or bran, from the rest of the seed. Now, ... read more

America's Most Widely Consumed Oil Causes Genetic Changes in the Brain

New research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, and ... read more

New Model Shows How Crop Rotation Helps Combat Plant Pests

A new computational model shows how different patterns of crop rotation -- planting different crops at different times in the same field -- can impact long-term yield when the crops are threatened by ... read more

Dynamic Interplay Between Genome and Environment in Pearl Oysters

Researchers have, using genome-wide genetic data from specimens collected across the western Pacific, elucidated how pearl oyster populations vary genetically and ... read more

Poplar Genetically Modified Not to Harm Air Quality Grow as Well as Non-Modified Trees

Field trials in Oregon and Arizona show that poplar trees, which emit trace amounts of the gas isoprene, can be genetically modified not to harm air quality while leaving their growth potential ... read more

How Cells Learn to 'Count'

One of the wonders of cell biology is its symmetry. Mammalian cells have one nucleus and one cell membrane, and most humans have 23 pairs of ... read more

Gene Drives Work Faster Than Non-Drive Approaches to Control Problem Insects

When controlling mosquitoes that spread malaria, gene drives, which force genetic changes to proliferate in a population, are faster and more efficient than simply releasing mosquitoes that are ... read more

Disruption of Glycine Receptors to Study Embryonic Development and Brain Function

Researchers are studying glycine receptors, particularly glycine receptor alpha-4 (Glra4), during development. They demonstrated, in a new study, that Glra4 is not a brain exclusive gene, as was ... read more

New Viral Strategy to Escape Detection

Researchers have discovered how viruses that specifically kill bacteria can outwit bacteria by hiding from their defences, findings which are important for the development of new antimicrobials based ... read more

RNA Modification: Methylation and Mopping Up

Researchers have discovered a novel type of chemical modification in bacterial RNAs. The modification is apparently attached to molecules only when cells are under stress, and is rapidly removed ... read more

New Marker for Insecticide Resistance in Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes

Researchers have genetically modified malaria carrying mosquitoes in order to demonstrate the role of particular genes in conferring insecticide ... read more

Brewing Beer That Tastes Fresh Longer

Unlike wine, which generally improves with time, beer does not age well. Usually within a year of bottling, the beverage starts to develop an unpleasant papery or cardboard-like flavor that drinkers ... read more

Bad News for Nemo: Clownfish Can't Adapt to Rapid Environmental Changes

The beloved anemone fish popularized by the movies 'Finding Nemo' and 'Finding Dory' don't have the genetic capacity to adapt to rapid changes in their environment, according ... read more

Slowing Down -- Is Aging Caused by Decreased Cellular Metabolism?

Researchers have uncovered new information regarding the effects of impaired expression of the gene SHMT2 in genetically modified mice. They found that suppression of SHMT2 expression of SHMT2 ... read more

New Species of Seaweed Uncovered by Genetic Analyses

Genetic analyses have revealed remarkably higher species diversity in common red seaweed than previously assumed. It was thought that there were only five related species of the Gloiopeltis genus ... read more

Genetics May Determine Who Benefits from Broccoli's Effects on Kidney Health

Deletion of the gene that codes for an enzyme called GSTM1 increased kidney injury in mice with hypertension and kidney disease, but supplementing the diet with broccoli powder lessened kidney injury ... read more

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