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From tiny phytoplankton to massive tuna
Phytoplankton are the foundation of ocean life, providing the energy that supports nearly all marine species. Levels of phytoplankton in an ocean area may seem like a good predictor for the amount of fish that can be caught there, but a new study finds that this relationship is not so straightforward.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:00:26 GMT

Bioinvasion is jeopardizing Mediterranean marine communities
Non-indigenous species are harming indigenous species and habitats in the Mediterranean Sea, impairing potentially exploitable marine resources and raising concern about human health issues, according to a new study.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:00:26 GMT

80-million-year-old dinosaur collagen confirmed
Utilizing the most rigorous testing methods to date, researchers have isolated additional collagen peptides from an 80-million-year-old Brachylophosaurus.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:00:26 GMT

News media registration open for ENDO 2017: The 99th Annual Meeting & EXPO in Orlando, FL
(The Endocrine Society) Members of the media can now register to cover the latest advances in hormone health and science at ENDO 2017, the Endocrine Society's 99th Annual Meeting & Expo. The meeting will be held April 1-4, in Orlando, FL.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:00:26 GMT

Synthetic chemicals: Ignored agents of global change
(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) Despite a steady rise in the manufacture and release of synthetic chemicals, research on the ecological effects of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and industrial chemicals is severely lacking. This blind spot undermines efforts to address global change and achieve sustainability goals. So reports a new study in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:00:26 GMT

New Genome Browser product gives freedom to easily collaborate in the cloud
(University of California - Santa Cruz) The newly launched Genome Browser in the Cloud (GBiC) introduces new freedom to collaborate by allowing rapid Browser installation, in any UNIX-based cloud. It also offers significantly reduced installation time as compared to earlier Genome Browser versions.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:00:26 GMT

Human kidney progenitors isolated, offering new clues to cell renewal

In a first-of-its-kind look at human kidney development, researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles have isolated human nephron progenitor (NP) cells. Their results, published online in the journal Stem Cell Translational Medicine, will help scientists understand how these progenitor cells become renal cells in the developing fetus, and possibly offer a future way to foster renal regeneration after chronic kidney failure or acute injury.

Biology News Net, Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:00:26 GMT

Study reveals how ionising radiation damages DNA and causes cancer

For the first time, researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their collaborators have been able to identify in human cancers two characteristic patterns of DNA damage caused by ionising radiation. These fingerprint patterns may now enable doctors to identify which tumours have been caused by radiation, and investigate if they should be treated differently.

Biology News Net, Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:00:26 GMT

Giraffes more speciose than expected

Scientists from the Senckenberg and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation have analysed the genetic relationships of all major populations of giraffe in the wild. The large study on the genetic makeup of giraffe, published today in Current Biology, shows that there are four distinct giraffe species. Until now, only one giraffe species had been recognized. The unexpected results are based on analyses using several nuclear marker genes of more than 100 animals. The new insights are set to improve protection efforts of these endangered animals in Africa.

Biology News Net, Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:00:26 GMT

International collaboration working to enhance protections for spinner dolphins
An international study involving researchers from Western Australia and the United States has unlocked a key behavioural schedule in spinner dolphins, which could provide crucial insight to conservation measures for the free-ranging animals.
Biology News - Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:48:20 GMT

Video: Tracking data and shark behaviour
Animals often share space as they move through their environment. Capturing these aggregations and co-occurrence events has proven extremely difficult in elusive, wide-ranging animals.
Biology News - Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:48:20 GMT

Tremors in newborn piglets attributed to previously unidentified virus
Symptoms of tremors and shaking in newborn piglets are not a sign that the animals are cold, but rather that they are suffering from a specific viral infection. Researchers at Vetmeduni Vienna have now been able to prove this correlation for the first time using a newly developed test. The scientists detected a previously unknown virus, termed atypical porcine pestivirus (APPV), in "shaking piglets", making it possible to clearly diagnose the potentially fatal disease. The virus remains in the animals for a long time following an infection and may also be transmitted sexually. The findings were published in the journal Veterinary Research.
Biology News - Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:48:20 GMT

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