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Antibiotic resistance can occur naturally in soil bacteria
Scientists have found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in prairie soils that had little or no exposure to human or animal activity.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:19:23 GMT

Fossils can help predict future species survival
Many people are concerned about conservation of the planet's cute and cuddlies. But in a world of global climate change, sometimes we must prioritize which species we can and should save from extinction. Scientists are helping us make those determinations by looking at the fossil record.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:19:23 GMT

California's almond boom has ramped up water use, consumed wetlands and stressed pollinators
A new study using aerial imagery across the state of California has found that converting land to grow almonds between 2007 and 2014 has led to a 27% annual increase in irrigation demands -- despite the state's historic drought. The expansion of almonds has also consumed 16,000 acres of wetlands and will likely put additional pressure on already stressed honeybee populations.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:19:23 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, Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:19:23 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, Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:19:23 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, Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:19:23 GMT

Dead whales beached in Chile, climate change suspected
Several huge whales have washed up dead over recent months on beaches in northern Chile, where scientists suspect they are moving in increasing numbers due to climate change.
Biology News - Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:19:23 GMT

Nature or nurture: is violence in our genes?
Nature or nurture? The quest to understand why humans kill one another has occupied the minds of philosophers, sociologists and psychologists for centuries.
Biology News - Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:19:23 GMT

New study shows vitamin D could help control TB in animals
A study published in Research in Veterinary Science demonstrates that vitamin D supplementation can reduce the severity of tuberculosis (TB) in wild boar and red deer
Biology News - Evolution, Cell theory, Gene theory, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:19:23 GMT

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