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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
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.