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2010-06-09 13:53:57

A bacteria that lives in hot springs in Japan may help solve one of the mysteries of the early evolution of complex organisms, according to a study publishing next week in PLoS Biology. It may also be the key to 21st century biofuel production. Biochemists Alan Lambowitz and Georg Mohr began investigating Thermosynechococcus elongatus, a cyanobacterium that can survive at temperatures up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, after they noticed an unusually high percentage of the bacteria's genetic...

2010-06-01 01:00:00

WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Ridge Global, an international provider of security and risk management services, today announced the appointment of Jocelyn Gamble as Director of Client Management. "Jocelyn Gamble brings a highly regarded background in account planning, issue analyses and business development," said Tom Ridge, president and CEO of Ridge Global. "Her expertise will help us to continue to identify and develop highly customized opportunities for our clients' advancement...

2010-04-09 09:38:00

As published today in Science, researchers from Cambridge, Glasgow and Greece have discovered a remarkable amount of plasticity in how transcription factors, the proteins that bind to DNA to control the activation of genes, maintain their function over large evolutionary distances. The text books tell us that transcription factors recognize the genes that they regulate by binding to short, sequence-specific lengths of DNA upstream or downstream of their target genes. It was widely assumed...

2009-07-13 10:01:12

Scientists have shown that E. coli - one of the best known and extensively studied organisms in the world - remains an enigma that may hold the key to human diseases, such as cancer. The team, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and based at the University of Dundee has examined the genome sequence of this workhorse of the laboratory and spotted three previously unknown genes that, it turns out, are essential for the survival of E. coli and one out of...

2009-05-29 09:51:57

VIB researchers linked to K.U.Leuven and Harvard University show that stretches of DNA previously believed to be useless 'junk' DNA play a vital role in the evolution of our genome. They found that unstable pieces of junk DNA help tuning gene activity and enable organisms to quickly adapt to changes in their environments. The results will be published in the reputed scientific Journal Science. Junk DNA 'Most people do not realize that all our genes only comprise about 3% of the total human...

2008-12-18 09:46:15

Imagine having GeneVision: the uncanny ability to view the activity of any chosen gene in real time through a specially modified camera.With GeneVision, military commanders could compare gene expression in victorious and defeated troops. Retailers could track genes related to craving as shoppers moved about a store. "The Bachelor" would enjoy yet one more secret advantage over his love-struck dates.Frightening? Perhaps. Ethically suspect? Certainly. Preposterous? Not quite.A new study in BMC...

2008-12-17 02:05:00

Homeland Security Experts to Expand Suite of Client Services, says CEO Tom Ridge WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Ridge Global LLC, an international provider of strategic consulting services, today announced the expansion of the company's executive team with the appointments of Duncan Campbell and Chris Furlow, co-founders of The Pennant Group, a strategic advisory firm in the homeland security sector. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081217/NE52933LOGO ) "Duncan Campbell...

2008-01-29 14:05:00

The identification of disease-causing genes will be much easier and faster using a powerful new gene-networking model developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.Edward Marcotte and his colleague, postdoctoral researcher Insuk Lee, used the gene network technique to identify new genes that regulate life span and are involved in tumor development in the nematode worm. In collaboration with Andrew Fraser's group at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the researchers...

2007-10-18 18:00:46

Standard Car Truck Company (Park Ridge, Illinois) announced today, Thursday October 18th, 2007, that they have formed a Joint Venture (JV) with Tian Rui Group Foundry Company Ltd. to market globally cast steel railway wheels for railway rolling stock. The JV agreement was signed by the Chairmen of Standard Car Truck Company and Tian Rui, Mr. Richard Mathes and Mr. Li Liu Fa respectively, in Chicago where the JV company "Barber Tian Rui Railway Supply Company" will be located. Tian...

2005-07-20 17:30:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 20, 2005  - Scientists working with salmon have found that gene expression in the brain can differ significantly among members of a species with different life histories. Their study indicates that roughly 15 percent of Atlantic salmon genes show differential expression in males who migrate from their freshwater birthplaces to mature in oceans versus those who do not leave the freshwater environment to mature. The researchers, at Harvard University, the University...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'