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2012-02-21 15:10:48

Atmospheric oxygen really took off on our planet about 2.4 billion years ago during the Great Oxygenation Event.

2011-11-04 23:04:27

The discovery of a new gene is helping researchers at Michigan State University envision more-efficient molecular factories of the future.

2010-06-02 12:24:15

Inconspicuous "little brown balls" in the ocean have helped settle a long-standing debate about the origin of malaria and the algae responsible for toxic red tides.

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2010-03-30 08:47:22

Max Planck scientists develop gene switch for chloroplasts in plant cells.

2010-02-24 08:50:10

The origins of flowering plants from peas to oak trees are now in clearer focus thanks to the efforts of University of Florida researchers.

2009-06-25 08:48:33

The goal of DNA barcoding is to find a simple, cheap, and rapid DNA assay that can be converted to a readily accessible technical skill that bypasses the need to rely on highly trained taxonomic specialists for identifications of the world's biota.

2008-11-25 20:25:34

A Texas A&M University biologist says research shows sea slugs are solar-powered and behave like a plant. Biology professor James Manhart says the sea slug's main food source is a type of alga that they digest while retaining the plastids in the plant cells.

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2008-11-25 11:21:46

Researchers have reportedly discovered the method by which sea slugs are able to operate on solar power.

2008-09-07 03:00:19

By Shimizu, Masanori Goto, Maki; Hanai, Moeko; Shimizu, Tsutomu; Izawa, Norihiko; Kanamoto, Hirosuke; Tomizawa, Ken-Ichi; Yokota, Akiho; Kobayashi, Hirokazu Strategies employed for the production of genetically modified (GM) crops are premised on (1) the avoidance of gene transfer in the field; (2) the use of genes derived from edible organisms such as plants; (3) preventing the appearance of herbicideresistant weeds; and (4) maintaining transgenes without obstructing plant cell propagation.

2008-06-24 03:00:31

By Berthome, Richard Thomasset, Muriel; Maene, Marion; Bourgeois, Nathalie; Froger, Nicole; Budar, Francoise Purine metabolism is crucial in living cells and involves three complex pathways in plants: the de novo synthesis, the salvage, and the degradation pathways.


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  • A coin originally worth six pennies Scots, and later three; held equivalent to an English halfpenny.
  • (in plural) Money; cash.
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