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Fish larvae are better off in groups, study finds
A recent study provides new evidence that larvae swim faster, straighter and more consistently in a common direction when together in a group. The research is the first to observe group orientation behaviors of larval fish.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:14:34 GMT

By switching 'bait,' biologists trick plants' bacterial defense into attacking virus
Scientists have modified a plant gene that normally fights bacterial infection to confer resistance to a virus. The method is the first time a plant's innate defense system has been altered to deliver resistance to a new disease.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:14:34 GMT

Herpes outbreak, other marine viruses linked to coral bleaching event
Significant outbreaks of viruses may be associated with coral bleaching events, especially as a result of multiple environmental stresses, a study has concluded. One such event was documented even as it happened in a three-day period. It showed how an explosion of three viral groups, including a herpes-like virus, occurred just as corals were bleaching in one part of the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:14:34 GMT

International partnership to bolster world-leading evolution research
(University of Bath) Milner Centre for Evolution and Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis announce new international evolution collaboration on Darwin Day.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:14:34 GMT

Marine vessel tracking system also a lifesaver for wildlife
(Wildlife Conservation Society) A new paper from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), in partnership with researchers and practitioners from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Space Quest, Google, and SkyTruth, reviews the use of a maritime vessel communication and navigational safety system that is not only effective in protecting people, but wildlife such as whales, walruses, and other wildlife species as well. With improvements, say the authors, the system will ultimately result in greater engagement by vessel companies and operators in the conservation of marine resources.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:14:34 GMT

Male biology students consistently underestimate female peers, study finds
(University of Washington) New University of Washington research shows consistent gender bias among male biology undergraduate students, suggesting that they could be undermining the confidence of female students as they embark on studies in STEM disciplines.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:14:34 GMT

DNA breaks in nerve cells' ancestors cluster in specific genes


Recurrent DSB clusters in neural stem/progenitor cells are shown.
The genome of developing brain cells harbors 27 clusters or hotspots where its DNA is much more likely to break in some places than others, researchers from the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (PCMM) at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute report in the journal Cell. Those hotspots appear in genes associated with brain tumors and a number of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions, raising new questions about these conditions' origins, as well as how the brain generates a diversity of circuitry during development.

Biology News Net, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:14:34 GMT

Herpes outbreak, other marine viruses linked to coral bleaching event


A major coral bleaching event took place on this part of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
A study at Oregon State University has concluded that significant outbreaks of viruses may be associated with coral bleaching events, especially as a result of multiple environmental stresses.

Biology News Net, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:14:34 GMT

How your cells build tiny 'train tracks' could shed light on human disease


Graphic of microtubules, the 'railway network' within every cell of the human body
Researchers from the University of Warwick have discovered how cells in the human body build their own 'railway networks', throwing light on how diseases such as bowel cancer work. The results have just been published in Nature Scientific Reports.

Biology News Net, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:14:34 GMT

Study finds fish larvae are better off in groups
A recent study provides new evidence that larvae swim faster, straighter and more consistently in a common direction when together in a group. The research led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is the first to observe group orientation behaviors of larval fish.
Biology News - Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:14:34 GMT

For a rare prairie orchid, science is making climate change local
Knowing how climate change may affect an entire region is only marginally useful to land managers trying to preserve the small white lady's slipper, a once-abundant orchid that today is found in small "postage stamp" prairie fragments as little as 10 acres in size in Minnesota and another dozen states across the Midwest. Land managers need the details: how might a small fragment of orchid habitat change with climate change, and what climate adaptation strategies will be most effective in preserving remaining populations of small white lady's slipper?
Biology News - Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:14:34 GMT

New imaging technique shows how DNA is protected at chromosomes' ends
A new imaging technique has allowed researchers at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Pittsburgh to see how DNA loops around a protein that aids in the formation of a special structure in telomeres. The work provides new insights into the structure of telomeres and how they are maintained.
Biology News - Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:14:34 GMT

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