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Gene Mutations Rock Pigeon Pigmentation Have Implications For Human Medical Research
2014-02-07 10:54:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of American researchers has discovered mutations in three genes that determine feather color in domestic rock pigeons, according to a new study in Current Biology. The same genes direct the pigmentation of human skin – meaning the findings may have implications for medical research. "Mutations in these genes can be responsible for skin diseases and conditions such as melanoma and albinism," said study author Michael Shapiro,...

Mutant Gene Responsible For Pigeons' Funky Hair-Dos
2013-02-01 11:09:29

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study in the journal Science Express, an international team of researchers has sequenced the entire rock pigeon genome, and made some interesting discoveries in the process. "Birds are a huge part of life on Earth, but we know surprisingly little about their genetics," study co-author Michael Shapiro, a biologist at the University of Utah, said in a statement. Using cutting edge sequencing techniques, the...

Image 1 - For Pigeons, Visible Traits Don't Necessarily Coincide With Genes
2012-01-20 05:37:10

[ Watch the Video ] Pigeons display spectacular variations in their feathers, feet, beaks and other physical traits, but a new University of Utah study shows that visible traits don't always coincide with genetics: A bird from one breed may have huge foot feathers, while a closely related breed does not; yet two unrelated pigeon breeds both may have large foot feathers. "Most people think of pigeons as rats of the sky, but in fact they're really incredibly diverse," says Michael...

2009-05-14 10:28:09

An official with the United Network for Organ Sharing says there has been a drop in organ donations from live and deceased donors amid the U.S. recession. Michael Shapiro, a United Network board member, said the number of deceased donors involved in transplant procedures decreased in 2008, marking the first time in 20 years such an organ transplant decrease occurred, The Miami Herald said Thursday. Shapiro said registering for organ transplants has also decreased since the end of 2008, likely...

2008-09-04 00:00:17

By Michael H Samuels The Long Island Workers Rights Board has ruled that Merrick- based Able Health Care Services used intimidation and other tactics to keep its workers from forming a union. The board released its findings Tuesday, stating that the company violated its employees' rights by attempting to prevent the organizing of a union. The board also found that Able should allow its workers to choose a union without intimidation, reimburse workers for travel expenses and conform to...

2007-03-27 06:00:17

By Gupta, Nikhil; Lin, Tien Chih; Shapiro, Michael The work described in this paper is focused on evaluating the effect of the processing method and nanoclay (montmorillonite) content on the tensile, compressive, and impact properties of clay- epoxy nanocomposites. Nanocomposites are synthesized by two methods: mechanical mixing and shear mixing. Both these methods are capable of producing bulk quantities of clay-epoxy nanocomposites. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the nanoclay...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.