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2014-05-30 12:25:51

SALT LAKE CITY, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists at the University of Utah (U of U), the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and colleagues have developed a powerful tool called pVAAST that combines linkage analysis with case control association to help identify disease-causing mutations in families faster and more precisely than ever before. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140205/DC59634LOGO In a study in Nature Biotechnology, the...

Researchers Remap The Epic Evolution Of A 'Ring Species'
2014-05-26 03:58:52

University of British Columbia The Greenish Warbler, long considered an idealized example of a single species that diverged into two as it expanded its range, has a much more checkered family history than biologists previously realized. Ring species are a continuous loop of related populations, each adapted to its local environment, with two terminal populations in the loop meeting but now unable to mate. But an in-depth genomic analysis published today in Nature by University of...

2014-05-23 08:24:42

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Strand Genomics Inc., a new generation healthcare innovation company headquartered in Bangalore, India, today announced that Ravi Venkatesan, the Chairman of Microsoft India from 2004-2011 who helped to build and expand Microsoft's position in India as the company's largest presence outside of the U.S., has joined the Strand Board of Directors. Mr. Venkatesan is the author of the acclaimed Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere,...

Insects Are Potential Tool For Global Food Security
2014-05-21 03:05:24

Wageningen University The potential of insects as human food and animal feed to assure global food security and availability of animal proteins in a sustainable way has been the main focus of the first conference Insects to feed the world in the Netherlands. The main observation is that insects as food and feed receive ample attention and that developments are fast. Several major investments in the sector were announced during the conference. The topic is intensively discussed by...

2014-05-21 11:03:07

University of Iowa It's how life survives in a constantly changing environment In Lewis Carroll’s 1871 classic novel Through the Looking Glass, the Red Queen tells Alice: “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” Over the years, evolutionary biologists have used the Red Queen’s statement to refer to the “Red Queen” hypothesis, which describes how living organisms, including humans, manage to survive in a changing environment by...

2014-05-21 08:22:50

Interactive data portal to serve as template for organizations around the globe ASPEN, Colo., May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), a non-profit environmental science education center, today announced its first annual Forest Health Index. The web-based interactive data portal provides a comparative analysis of current and past conditions of the Roaring Fork Valley forests of western Colorado. The ACES' Forest Health Index will serve not only to...

Spider Genome Sequenced For The First Time
2014-05-08 03:19:02

Anne-Mette Siem, Aarhus University For the first time ever, a group of Danish and Chinese researchers has sequenced the genome of the spider. This knowledge provides a much more qualified basis for studying features of the spider. It also shows that humans share certain genomic similarities with spiders. The fact that the eight-legged creepy spider in some ways resembles humans is one of the surprising conclusions after researchers at Aarhus University and the Beijing Genomics...

2014-05-08 09:51:38

Old data can be mined to find new genetic associations and gene interactions The power of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to detect genetic influences on human disease can be substantially increased using a statistical testing framework reported in the May issue of the journal GENETICS. Despite the proliferation of GWAS, the associations found so far have largely failed to account for the known effects of genes on complex disease — the problem of "missing heritability."...

2014-05-08 08:56:02

As a fresh wave of extinctions sweeps through the ranks of Australian native animals, scientists are deploying their most powerful weapon yet in the struggle to understand and head off the wipe-out. Progress in developing the first nationwide database of Australian mammal observations, and understanding what is driving the dramatic rate of disappearances, will be reported to a national conference in Canberra today. With a hundred marsupial species at risk of extinction across the...

2014-05-01 23:07:52

Noted Conservationist Dr. Joshua R. Ginsberg will assume the position in September of 2014. Millbrook, NY (PRWEB) May 01, 2014 Dr. Joshua R. Ginsberg has been named the next President of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; he will assume the position in September of 2014. Located in New York’s Hudson Valley, the Cary Institute is one of the world’s largest, most influential independent ecological research centers. Areas of expertise include freshwater ecosystems, disease ecology,...


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'.