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Ancient seashell coloration patterns revealed using ultraviolet light
Nearly 30 ancient seashell species coloration patterns were revealed using ultraviolet light.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:00:35 GMT

Complete camel skeleton unearthed in Austria
Archaeologists working on a rescue excavation uncovered a complete camel skeleton in Tulln, Lower Austria. The camel, which was dated to the time of the Second Ottoman War in the 17th century, most likely died in the city of Tulln. Genetic analyses showed that the animal was a male hybrid of a dromedary in the maternal line and a Bactrian camel in the paternal line. The find is unique for Central Europe.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:00:35 GMT

Polar bears unlikely to thrive on land-based foods
Polar bears, increasingly forced on shore due to sea ice loss, may be eating terrestrial foods including berries, birds and eggs, but any nutritional gains are limited to a few individuals and likely cannot compensate for lost opportunities to consume their traditional, lipid-rich prey -- ice seals.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:00:35 GMT

ORNL part of new project to study how tropical forests worldwide respond to climate change
(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will play key roles in an expansive new project that aims to bring the future of tropical forests and the climate system into much clearer focus by coupling field research with the development of a new ecosystem model.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:00:35 GMT

New class of insecticides offers safer, more targeted mosquito control
(Purdue University) Purdue researchers have identified a new class of chemical insecticides that could provide a safer, more selective means of controlling mosquitoes that transmit key infectious diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and elephantiasis.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:00:35 GMT

Common cholesterol drug stimulates the same receptors as marijuana
(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) If you want the benefits of medical marijuana without the 'unwanted side effects' of cannabis, new research should leave you on a high note. According to a research report appearing in the April 2015 issue of The FASEB Journal, fenofibrate, also known by the brand name Tricor, may benefit a wide range of health issues, such as pain, appetite stimulation, nausea, as well as immune and various psychiatric and neurological conditions.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:00:35 GMT

How a deadly fungus evades the immune system

New research from the University of Toronto has scientists re-thinking how a lethal fungus grows and kills immune cells. The study hints at a new approach to therapy for Candida albicans, one of the most common causes of bloodstream infections.

Biology News Net, Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:00:35 GMT

The 'intraterrestrials': New viruses discovered in ocean depths


The scientists used the deep submergence vehicle Alvin to retrieve sea-floor samples.
The intraterrestrials, they might be called. Strange creatures live in the deep sea, but few are odder than the viruses that inhabit deep ocean methane seeps and prey on single-celled microorganisms called archaea.

Biology News Net, Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:00:35 GMT

The shortest DNA sequences reveal insights into the world's tallest trees

Coast redwoods are famous for being the tallest trees in the world, but their height is not the only thing that sets them apart. Unlike most conifer trees, coast redwoods can reproduce by sprouting from cut stumps, fallen logs, and roots. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, are uncovering important information about patterns of coast redwood clones with a new DNA analysis method that could help forest management and preservation efforts.

Biology News Net, Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:00:35 GMT

New class of insecticides offers safer, more targeted mosquito control
Purdue researchers have identified a new class of chemical insecticides that could provide a safer, more selective means of controlling mosquitoes that transmit key infectious diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and elephantiasis.
Phys.org: Biology News, Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:00:35 GMT

Scientists discover new 'transformer frog' in Ecuador
It doesn't turn into Prince Charming, but a new species of frog discovered in Ecuador has earned the nickname "transformer frog" for its ability to change its skin from spiny to smooth in five minutes.
Phys.org: Biology News, Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:00:35 GMT

Study identifies highly efficient new Cas9 for in vivo genome editing
A collaborative study between researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the National Center for Biotechnology Information of the National Institutes of Health (NIH-NCBI) has identified a highly efficient Cas9 nuclease that overcomes one of the primary challenges to in vivo genome editing. This finding, published today in Nature, is expected to help make the CRISPR toolbox accessible for in vivo experimental and therapeutic applications.
Phys.org: Biology News, Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:00:35 GMT

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