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threespine sticklebacks
2014-09-19 02:00:10

Robert Sanders, University of California - Berkeley Sticklebacks, the roaches of the fish world, are the ideal animal in which to study the genes that control body shape. They’ve moved from the ocean into tens of thousands of freshwater streams and lakes around the world, each time changing their skeleton to adapt to the new environment. Breeding studies between marine and freshwater populations of sticklebacks now have turned up one of the genes that controls tooth number, plus...

sea lamprey
2014-09-19 02:00:05

Jessica Stoller-Conrad, Caltech Lamprey — slimy, eel-like parasitic fish with tooth-riddled, jawless sucking mouths — are rather disgusting to look at, but thanks to their important position on the vertebrate family tree, they can offer important insights about the evolutionary history of our own brain development, a recent study suggests. The work appears in a paper in the September 14 advance online issue of the journal Nature. "Lamprey are one of the most primitive vertebrates...

2014-09-19 08:26:21

WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Alere Inc. (NYSE: ALR), a global leader in rapid diagnostics, issued the following statement today in support of President Barack Obama's Executive Order Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. "As the global leader in rapid diagnostics for infectious disease, we commend the President for establishing a national strategy to address the serious threat of antibiotic resistance. We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration...

2014-09-19 08:26:03

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A team from TRU-D SmartUVC is scheduled to speak with health care professionals from around the country at the Association for the Healthcare Environment's EXCHANGE conference Sept. 22 through 24 at booth No. 413 in the conference's exhibit hall. TRU-D leadership will be available to offer expert perspective on the role of UV disinfection as a best practice in environmental hygiene and the importance of implementing proven technology in...

2014-09-19 08:25:48

The Invisalign® Brand Sponsored Teen Confidence Survey Reveals that 40 percent of Social Media-Using US Teens Feel Their Appearance is Judged More on these Networks than in Person SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grappling with low self-esteem during the "awkward years" is nothing new, but today's teens have to do it in parallel worlds - online and offline. With the new school year underway, a particularly vulnerable time for teens, a new Teen Confidence survey conducted by...

2014-09-19 08:25:40

PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Soligenix, Inc. (OTCQB: SNGX) (Soligenix or the Company), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company developing products that address unmet medical needs in the areas of inflammation, oncology and biodefense, announced today that it has been awarded a contract valued at up to $24.7 million inclusive of options by the US Department of Health and Human Service's National Institutes of Health (NIH) (specifically funded by the National Institute...

2014-09-19 08:23:55

--Genomic Data in Study Published in Nature Communications Suggests New Treatment Strategies for These Hard to Treat Women's Reproductive Cancers-- BALTIMORE and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Personal Genome Diagnostics Inc. (PGDx), a provider of advanced cancer genome analysis and testing services, and Blueprint Medicines, a leader in discovering and developing highly selective kinase inhibitors for genomically defined cancers, today disclosed the first-ever comprehensive...

2014-09-19 04:21:35

DUBLIN, September 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/qqjrnh/global_molecular) has announced the addition of the "Global Molecular Cytogenetics Market 2014-2018" [http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/qqjrnh/global_molecular ] report to their offering. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) Molecular Cytogenetics involves the study of chromosomes using molecular biology to understand...

2014-09-18 23:12:41

Bird B Gone’s instructional product videos not only show how to install their products, they help installers determine which bird control product is best suited for any particular venue and bird. Irvine, CA (PRWEB) September 18, 2014 Bird B Gone, the leader in bird control products for commercial, industrial and residential applications offers an ever-expanding library of instructional product videos to help professional installers solve pest bird problems. The videos cover Bird B...

2014-09-18 23:08:33

New Assay to Test Target Compounds for Anti-Obesity Therapeutics State College, PA (PRWEB) September 18, 2014 INDIGO Biosciences, a leading provider of nuclear receptor products and services announced today that it has released a new Human Estrogen-related Orphan Receptor Gamma (NR3B3; ERRγ) Assay System. Three different assay kits are available. ERRγ is naturally expressed in the central nervous system, and at lower relative levels in a variety of other tissue types, including kidney,...


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Boreray
2014-09-22 13:15:04

The Boreay, also known as the Hebridean blackface or the Boreray blackface, is a breed of domestic sheep that originated on the islands of the St Kilda archipelago off the coast of Scotland. Today it survives as a feral breed on the island of Boreay and is the last of the crofter’s sheep that were developed on the islands during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which were removed from all of the islands except Boreay in 1930. During the 1970’s six Boreay sheep were taken off the...

Biellese
2014-09-22 08:57:07

The Biellese, also known as the Piemontese Alpina or the Razza d'Ivrea, is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in northwestern Italy in the province of Biella, the area from which it received its name. The origin if this breed is unknown, although it was considered to be a subtype of the Bergamasca breed by some. It is included with sixteen other breeds of autochthonous sheep that are managed by the Associazione Nazionale della Pastorizia. The Biellese held a high population...

Awassi Sheep
2014-09-17 10:42:28

The Awassi sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in the Syro-Arabian desert. Today, it can be found in many areas including Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palestine, and Lebanon and it is the most common sheep throughout the Arab countries. This breed is a natural choice to keep in these areas, as it is able to survive in harsh conditions and is able to efficiently provide humans with wool, milk, or meat. However, it is known to adapt to any environment and can forage and...

Natterjack Toad, Epidalea calamita
2014-09-16 16:07:34

The natterjack toad, Epidalea Calamita, formerly Bufo calamita, is a toad endemic to sandy and heathland areas of Europe. The adults are about 60 to 70 millimeters long and are set apart from common toads by a yellow colored line that runs down the middle of the back. They have fairly short legs, and this provides them with a characteristic step, compared to the hopping movement of many other toad species. Natterjacks have a very loud and distinct mating call, amplified by the single vocal...

Ancon Sheep
2014-09-16 09:59:30

The Ancon sheep, also known as the otter sheep or Ancon, is a group of domestic sheep that were developed from a single lamb in Massachusetts in 1791. Although the name “Ancon” was given to this breed, it has also been used to refer to similar breeds including stock from Texas established in 1962 and Norwegian stock that was established in 1919. The phenotype that causes the mutations that are characteristic of the Ancon and other similar breeds has occurred naturally at least four times,...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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