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Brown University
2014-01-06 08:12:29

Brown University Mating and meiosis – the specialized cell division that reduces the number of chromosomes in a cell – are related, but in most yeasts they are regulated separately. Not so in Candida lusitaniae, where the two programs work in unison, according to a new study in Nature. Comparison with other species suggests that this fusion may support C. lusitaniae’s “haploid lifestyle” of maintaining only one set of chromosomes in each cell. From a biological point of view,...

2011-02-03 00:00:00

In a posting on High Tech Forum, the popular blog for technologists, editor Richard Bennett takes on what he sees as "hysteria" over the issue of a so-called "Internet Kill Switch." Washington, DC (Vocus/PRWEB) February 02, 2011 In a posting on High Tech Forum, the web forum of which he is editor, Richard Bennett takes on the contentious issue of proposed "Internet Kill Switch" legislation. Bennett cites a story in the Australian newspaper The Age that compared the U.S. Senate's draft...

2011-01-24 18:23:29

The success of a fungal pathogen in becoming a persistent and opportunistic source of infection in human beings may be due to a mating strategy that can best be described as "don't be too choosy." A new Brown University study finds that Candida albicans will respond to the pheromones of several different species, not just its own, and if an opposite-sex partner isn't around, it can switch over to same-sex mating. In affairs of DNA exchange "” for the yeast has no heart "” Candida...

2010-11-07 00:16:31

Crowley offers analysis of emerging wireless issues. Vienna, VA (Vocus) November 5, 2010 High Tech Forum welcomes Steven Crowley as its newest contributor. Crowley's feature story offers an examination of a selection of experimental radio applications at the Federal Communications Commission. These applications are related to ultra-wideband, machine-to-machine, satellite, GSM, white space, and radar. Crowley's review examines the most interesting of the applications for new experimental...

2010-09-09 01:13:07

Two opportunistic pathogens that were once thought to be very different have evolved some sexual reproduction and disease-causing habits that are not only similar but also suggest that in the microbial world sex and virulence are closely linked, according to a review published this week in the online journal mBioâ“ž¢. "Although the mechanisms used by bacterial and fungal species to promote genetic exchange are distinct, recent studies have uncovered surprising...

2009-09-03 08:22:15

U.S. researchers say they've determined some slow-moving faults may help protect some regions of Italy and other parts of the world from earthquakes. University of Arizona postdoctoral researcher Sigrun Hreinsdottir said until now, geologists thought when a crack between two pieces of the Earth's crust was at a very gentle slope, there was no movement along that particular fault line. This study is the first to show that low-angle normal faults are definitely active, Hreinsdottir said....

Word of the Day
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'