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Viral Relics Reveal Cancer's 'Footprint' On Our Evolution
2014-07-21 03:57:19

University of Oxford Cancer has left its ‘footprint’ on our evolution, according to a study which examined how the relics of ancient viruses are preserved in the genomes of 38 mammal species. Viral relics are evidence of the ancient battles our genes have fought against infection. Occasionally the retroviruses that infect an animal get incorporated into that animal’s genome and sometimes these relics get passed down from generation to generation – termed ‘endogenous...

Anopheles stephensi mosquito
2014-07-21 03:30:31

Kristen Kusek, Harvard University New genome editing tool offers strategy to manage insect-borne disease A cross-disciplinary team is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called “gene drives.” The advance could potentially lead to powerful new ways of combating malaria and other insect-borne diseases, controlling invasive species and promoting sustainable agriculture. Representing...

honey bee diet
2014-07-21 04:55:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In a new study designed to determine whether or not poor nutrition plays a role in colony collapse disorder, researchers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have discovered that there are significant differences in the genetic activity in honey bees based on the type of food the insects consume. The research, which was published online in the journal Scientific Reports, specifically focused on an energy storage...

2014-07-20 23:01:53

Sleep Salon - Brainwave Audio Program For Overcoming Insomnia is a new product developed by Dr. Joe Rubino which treats its users of insomnia by primarily using “brainwave” sound clips to do so. A full review of the guide is now available on Vinamy.com, and it indicates whether the kit is worth purchasing or not. Seattle, Wa (PRWEB) July 20, 2014 Insomnia has often been regarded as a “negligible” condition because of the perception that it still allows people to go about with...

2014-07-20 23:01:05

Global Synthetic Biology Market 2014-2018: a new research report added to Sandlerresearch.org store. Dallas, Texa (PRWEB) July 20, 2014 There is growing demand for GM crops in the Agriculture industry across the world. Synthetic biology can also be used to develop crops with desirable traits such as salt-tolerance, drought-tolerance, and pest-resistance. The use of synthetic biology technologies facilitates the designing of GM crops with entirely new metabolic pathways, physiological...

CHEM-Grimes-Mohanan-NOD2_Research
2014-07-20 10:59:47

Tracey Bryant, University of Delaware University of Delaware researchers have identified a protein, hiding in plain sight, that acts like a bodyguard to help protect and stabilize another key protein, that when unstable, is involved in Crohn’s disease. The fundamental research points to a possible pathway for developing an effective therapy for the inflammatory bowel disease. The research, by Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UD, and...

obesity
2014-07-20 10:34:28

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Study finds that the NBR1 protein plays a critical role in regulating obesity-induced inflammation that leads to metabolic disease A new study by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) has identified a new signal that triggers the events leading to insulin resistance in obesity. The signal causes inflammation in adipose tissue and leads to metabolic disease. The study, published July 17 in Cell Metabolism,...

Blue and white clay zones
2014-07-20 10:13:16

Cheryl Dybas, National Science Foundation (NSF) Researchers discover natural clay deposits with antibacterial properties Superbugs, they're called: Pathogens, or disease-causing microorganisms, resistant to multiple antibiotics. Such antibiotic resistance is now a major public health concern. "This serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future," states a 2014 World Health Organization report, "it's happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to...

birdsong decoded
2014-07-20 09:50:04

Queen Mary, University of London Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have found a successful way of identifying bird sounds from large audio collections, which could be useful for expert and amateur bird-watchers alike. The analysis used recordings of individual birds and of dawn choruses to identify characteristics of bird sounds. It took advantage of large datasets of sound recordings provided by the British Library Sound Archive, and online sources such as the Dutch...

duck migration wetlands
2014-07-20 09:41:37

Jerett Rion, University of Missouri During the 2011 and 2012 migration seasons, University of Missouri researchers monitored mallard ducks with new remote satellite tracking technology, marking the first time ducks have been tracked closely during the entirety of their migration from Canada to the American Midwest and back. The research revealed that mallards use public and private wetland conservation areas extensively as they travel hundreds of miles across the continent. Dylan Kesler,...


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Western White Pine, Pinus monticola
2014-07-15 13:59:55

Western white pine (Pinus monticola) grows in the mountains of the western United States and Canada growing in the Rocky Mountains, The Sierra Nevada, the Cascade Range, as well as growing along the Coast. The pine is also known as silver pine or Idaho pine as it is that states tree. The Western White pine grows at different elevations depending on its region. In Canada it is found growing from sea level up to 3,940 feet and in Washington state it grows up to 6,070 feet above sea level. In...

Smooth-bark Mexican Pine, Pinus pseudostrobus
2014-07-15 13:42:04

Smooth-bark Mexican pine (Pinus pseudostrobus) grows near Northern El Salvador, the highlands in Guatemala, and West Honduras and central Mexico. This tree has also been introduced to New Zealand. Fifteen mature Mexican pines can be found in the Palo Verde County Park located in Imperial County, CA. This tree grows from heights of 65.6 feet to 131.2 feet and occasionally may reach 147.6 feet. It can be found growing from 4265 feet in elevation to 10,660 feet; although, this tree has done...

White Pine
2014-07-15 11:24:08

Hainan white pine (Pinus fenzeliana) is found on the island of Hainan off the southern shores of China. This pine is also known as the Fenzel’s pine  and is related to the Chinese White Pine. This tree is a slow growing tree and can be used for landscaping purposes. The Hainan white pine grows best in full sun and soil that is well-drained but maintains medium moisture. This tree grows to heights between 25 and 35 feet (the largest being recorded at 100 feet) with a crown that spreads...

Camargue Cattle
2014-07-14 11:11:41

The Camargue is a breed of cattle native to the Camargue marshlands in southern France. It has existed in the region for a long time, mentioned in writings from Roman times. Estimates are the breed has been around for about 2,000 years and related to breeds that inhabit Asia and Southern Europe. The breed lives semi-wild in marshes and are tended to by herders that ride Camargue horses inhabiting the same region. They also share the area with wild boar, cattle egrets and flamingos....

Boran Cattle
2014-07-12 10:36:21

The Boran is a breed of beef cattle that has been in eastern Africa for over 1,000 years. The Kenyan Boran was developed from native shorthorn Zebu cattle in southern Ethiopia. The Boran Cattle Breeders Society has managed and bred the cattle since 1951. There were 454 ranches in the country that raised the Boran as of 2008. These ranches are part of five different types; group ranches, private company ranches, co-operative ranches, public company ranches and government ranches. The...

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