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WHO issues roadmap to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa
The World Health Organization has issued a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa. The aim is to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6-9 months, while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:07:41 GMT

Plug 'n' play protein crystals
Almost a hundred years ago in 1929 Linus Pauling presented the famous Pauling’s Rules to describe the principles governing the structure of complex ionic crystals. These rules essentially describe how the arrangement of atoms in a crystal is critically dependent on the size of the atoms, their charge and type of bonding. According to scientists today, similar rules can be applied to prepare ionic colloidal crystals consisting of oppositely charged proteins and virus particles.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:07:41 GMT

Danish museum discovers unique gift from Charles Darwin
The Natural History Museum of Denmark recently discovered a unique gift from one of the greatest-ever scientists. In 1854, Charles Darwin – father of the theory of evolution – sent a gift to his Danish colleague Japetus Steenstrup, director of the Royal Museum of Natural History. Until very recently, no one at the museum knew that it possessed a piece of scientific history of this caliber. Just a few weeks ago, the head of exhibitions was studying the correspondence between Steenstrup and Darwin as part of her search for objects to include in an upcoming exhibition. She started to suspect a treasure lay hidden somewhere, and soon a hunt was launched among the museum’s 14 million objects.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:07:41 GMT

Factor in naked mole rat's cells enhances protein integrity
(University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio) Scientists from the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found a factor in naked mole rat cells that could be one of the secrets to how the rodent defies aging.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:07:41 GMT

The early cost of HIV
(University of California - Davis Health System) Researchers at UC Davis have made some surprising discoveries about the body's initial responses to HIV infection.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:07:41 GMT

New research reveals how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into tame rabbits
(The University of Montana) Until recently, little has been known about what genetic changes transform wild animals into domesticated ones. An international team of scientists, including a University of Montana assistant professor, has made a breakthrough by showing that genes controlling the development of the brain and the nervous system were particularly important for rabbit domestication.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:07:41 GMT

Small molecule acts as on-off switch for nature's antibiotic factory


The soil bacteria Streptomyces form filamentous branches that extend into the air to create spiraling towers of spores.
Scientists have identified the developmental on-off switch for Streptomyces, a group of soil microbes that produce more than two-thirds of the world's naturally derived antibiotic medicines.

Biology News Net, Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:07:42 GMT

Ebola vaccine trials fast-tracked by international consortium

A candidate Ebola vaccine could be given to healthy volunteers in the UK, The Gambia and Mali as early as September, as part of an series of safety trials of potential vaccines aimed at preventing the disease that has killed more than 1,400 people in the current outbreak in West Africa.

Biology News Net, Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:07:42 GMT

Genomic sequencing reveals mutations, insights into 2014 Ebola outbreak

In response to an ongoing, unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa, a team of researchers from the Broad Institute and Harvard University, in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation and researchers across institutions and continents, has rapidly sequenced and analyzed more than 99 Ebola virus genomes. Their findings could have important implications for rapid field diagnostic tests. The team reports its results online in the journal Science.

Biology News Net, Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:07:42 GMT

Team defines new biodiversity metric
To understand how the repeated climatic shifts over the last 120,000 years may have influenced today's patterns of genetic diversity, a team of researchers led by City College of New York biologist Dr. Ana Carnaval developed a new biodiversity metric called "phylogeographic endemism."
Phys.org: Biology News, Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:07:42 GMT

Danish museum discovers unique gift from Charles Darwin
The Natural History Museum of Denmark recently discovered a unique gift from one of the greatest-ever scientists. In 1854, Charles Darwin – father of the theory of evolution – sent a gift to his Danish colleague Japetus Steenstrup, director of the Royal Museum of Natural History. Until very recently, no one at the museum knew that it possessed a piece of scientific history of this calibre. Just a few weeks ago, the head of exhibitions was studying the correspondence between Steenstrup and Darwin as part of her search for objects to include in an upcoming exhibition. She started to suspect a treasure lay hidden somewhere, and soon a hunt was launched among the museum's 14 million objects.
Phys.org: Biology News, Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:07:42 GMT

DOE 'Knowledgebase' links biologists, computer scientists to solve energy, environmental issues
If biologists wanted to determine the likely way a particular gene variant might increase a plant's yield for producing biofuels, they used to have to track down several databases and cross-reference them using complex computer code. The process would take months, especially if they weren't familiar with the computer programming necessary to analyze the data.
Phys.org: Biology News, Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:07:42 GMT

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