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2014-04-16 13:05:00

A team including Carnegie's Martin Jonikas developed a highly sophisticated tool that will transform the work of plant geneticists Photosynthesis provides fixed carbon and energy for nearly all life on Earth, yet many aspects of this fascinating process remain mysterious. For example, little is known about how it is regulated in response to changes in light intensity. More fundamentally, we do not know the full list of the parts of the molecular machines that perform photosynthesis in any...

Researchers Explain The Flagellar Synchronisation Of Swimming Algae
2013-10-25 14:14:45

Max Planck Institute The beating of flagella is one of the basic principles of movement in the cellular cosmos. However, up to now, scientists were unsure as to how the movements of several of these small cellular appendages are synchronized. Dresden-based researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and the MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems have now succeeded in demonstrating how the green alga Chlamydomonas synchronizes the movements of its two...

Biologists Produce Rainbow-Colored Algae
2013-03-07 15:51:10

University of California, San Diego What can green algae do for science if they weren´t, well, green? That´s the question biologists at UC San Diego sought to answer when they engineered a green alga used commonly in laboratories, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, into a rainbow of different colors by producing six different colored fluorescent proteins in the algae cells. While fluorescent green, red, blue and yellow may be all the rage this year for running shoes and other kinds...

Algae Could One Day Help Fight Cancer
2012-12-10 15:08:04

[ Watch the Video: Biology Helping To Engineer Drugs ] Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Pond scum may be undervalued, but a team of scientists recently discovered it could have biological value. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) recently revealed that they have successfully genetically engineered algae that can make a complex, therapeutic drug that is anti-cancer. The researchers believe that the results of the experiment allow...

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2010-10-12 08:07:44

Tiny creatures may play a crucial role in mixing ocean nutrients Two separate research groups are reporting groundbreaking measurements of the fluid flow that surrounds freely swimming microorganisms. Experiments involving two common types of microbes reveal the ways that one creature's motion can affect its neighbors, which in turn can lead to collective motions of microorganism swarms. In addition, the research is helping to clarify how the motions of microscopic swimmers produces large...

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2010-07-09 07:42:20

One of the most pivotal steps in evolution-the transition from unicellular to multicellular organisms-may not have required as much retooling as commonly believed, found a globe-spanning collaboration of scientists led by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute. A comparison of the genomes of the multicellular algae Volvox carteri and its closest unicellular relative Chlamydomonas reinhardtii revealed that multicellular...

2009-07-23 14:15:00

Striking high-speed footage shows 2 patterns of flagellar coordinationUsing high-speed cinematography, scientists at Cambridge University have discovered that individual algal cells can regulate the beating of their flagella in and out of synchrony in a manner that controls their swimming trajectories. Their research was published on the 24th July in the journal Science.The researchers studied the unicellular organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, which has two hair-like appendages known as...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.