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New Sensors on Packages Can Detect Spoiled Foods | Lab Manager

New Sensors on Packages Can Detect Spoiled Foods | Lab Manager | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Intelligent packaging is already used on some medicines and food products, but it will become more widespread in the next few
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Genetic engineering turns a common plant into a cancer fighter

Genetic engineering turns a common plant into a cancer fighter | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Researchers find a way to make a tobacco relative produce the starter for a potent chemotherapy drug
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How Mutant Viral Swarms Spread Disease - Scientific American

How Mutant Viral Swarms Spread Disease - Scientific American | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Viruses exist as “mutant clouds” of closely related individuals, an insight that is helping researchers predict where disease is likely to spread
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How do you store data on DNA?

How do you store data on DNA? | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
ASK AN EXPERT: How do scientists store data on DNA and why are they doing it?
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Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes

Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
New finding is first example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance: the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your children
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Egg or sperm? Destiny controlled by the switch of a gene

Egg or sperm? Destiny controlled by the switch of a gene | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
MYSTERIES OF REPRODUCTION: A gene that controls whether germ cells eventually become sperm or eggs has been identified by scientists.
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Teaching the immune system how to fight cancer could soon replace ... - The Daily Telegraph

Teaching the immune system how to fight cancer could soon replace ... - The Daily Telegraph | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
AN emerging cancer treatment designed to bolster the immune system rather than attack a tumour may soon replace chemotherapy in Australia, with doctors describing the new therapy as a “paradigm shift’’ in modern medicine with the potential to save...
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New Human Ancestor Discovered Near Fossil of “Lucy”

New Human Ancestor Discovered Near Fossil of “Lucy” | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
The Australopithecine lived about 3.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia, around the same time as Australopithecus afarensis
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Artificial enzymes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions - Phys.Org

Artificial enzymes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions - Phys.Org | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Enzymes are biological catalysts that accelerate chemical reactions, such as the conversion of gaseous carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbonates. Carbonates are the basic component of coral reefs, mollusc shells, geological platforms and kidney stones.
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Nanomaterials in Sunscreens and Boats Leave Marine Life Vulnerable

Nanomaterials in Sunscreens and Boats Leave Marine Life Vulnerable | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Nanomaterials commonly used in sunscreens and boat-bottom paints are making sea urchin embryos more vulnerable to toxins, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.
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National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine Announce Initiative on Human Gene Editing | Lab Manager

National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine Announce Initiative on Human Gene Editing | Lab Manager | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Researchers and other experts will explore the scientific, ethical, and policy issues associated with human gene-editing research at an international
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GlaxoSmithKline develop shingles vaccine that is 97 per cent effective in adults

GlaxoSmithKline develop shingles vaccine that is 97 per cent effective in adults | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Scientists have designed a new shingles vaccine that is 97 per cent effective in adults aged 50 to 70 years old.
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How Sequencing Foods' DNA Could Help Us Prevent Diseases | WIRED

How Sequencing Foods' DNA Could Help Us Prevent Diseases | WIRED | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Scientists from the IBM Research and Mars Incorporated today announced the Sequencing the Food Supply Chain Consortium, a collaborative food safety platform aiming to leverage advances in genomics and analytics to further our understanding of what...
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Researchers Produce First Widely Protective Vaccine Against Chlamydia | Lab Manager

Researchers Produce First Widely Protective Vaccine Against Chlamydia | Lab Manager | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
As most C. trachomatis infections are asymptomatic, chlamydia can often go untreated and lead to upper genital tract infections, pelvic inflammatory
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DNA helps unravel the story behind past human migrations

DNA helps unravel the story behind past human migrations | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
It's only a matter of time before we have a nearly complete genetic picture of the Neolithic in Europe, thanks to molecular archaeology, writes Dr Cristina Valdiosera.
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Why Dung Beetles Watch the Sky While Rolling Poop Balls - National Geographic

Why Dung Beetles Watch the Sky While Rolling Poop Balls - National Geographic | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
The poop-hoarding insects have an amazingly advanced internal GPS that allows them to navigate by day or night.
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Research team finds bacterial biofilms may play a role in lupus, MS, other auto-immune diseases | Neuroscientist News

Research team finds bacterial biofilms may play a role in lupus, MS, other auto-immune diseases | Neuroscientist News | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Lupus, multiple sclerosis, and type-1 diabetes are among more than a score of diseases in which the immune system attacks the body it was designed to defend. But just why the immune system begins its misdirected assault has remained a mystery. Now, researchers at Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) have shown that bacterial communities that form biofilms play a role in the development of the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus -- a discovery that may provide important clues about several autoimmune ailments.
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Found: Preserved Dinosaur Cells – but Sadly Scientists Still can’t Build Jurassic World

Found: Preserved Dinosaur Cells – but Sadly Scientists Still can’t Build Jurassic World | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Palaeontologist Dr Gareth Dyke writes for The Conversation about the scientific debate around the new Jurassic World film.
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Is There a Link Between Human Evolution and Climate Change?

Brian Cox discusses the theory that each leap in hominid brain size and intelligence occurred during shifts in the planet's orbit and associated dramatic changes ...
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The most complete functional map of an entire enzyme family - Phys.Org

The most complete functional map of an entire enzyme family - Phys.Org | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Researchers at two Department of Energy-funded Scientific User Facilities collaborated with one of three Bioenergy Research Centers to develop and analyze high-resolution crystal structures of an enzyme from the cellulose-degrading GH55 family.
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Bronze Age Forefathers' Genetics Live Out In 2 Out Of Every 3 European Men - Medical Daily

Bronze Age Forefathers' Genetics Live Out In 2 Out Of Every 3 European Men - Medical Daily | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Nearly two out of every three modern European men descend from just three Bronze Age forefathers.
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First-of-its-kind DNA bank aims at advancing research into genetics of stuttering - News-Medical.net

First-of-its-kind DNA bank aims at advancing research into genetics of stuttering - News-Medical.net | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Alberta's Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research want Albertans to give a spit -- five millilitres to be precise -- to help find the cause and a cure for stuttering.
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Molecular Homing Beacon Redirects Human Antibodies to Fight Pathogenic Bacteria | Lab Manager

Molecular Homing Beacon Redirects Human Antibodies to Fight Pathogenic Bacteria | Lab Manager | Biology in the News | Scoop.it
Bacteria-specific molecules attract pre-existing antibodies to help immune system clear
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Editing our DNA with Molecular Scissors | Understanding Genetics

Scientists are making tiny scissors called TALENs that can cut and fix a broken gene in a cell.  The technology isn’t ready for use in people yet but when it is, it could help us cure many different genetic diseases.  As long as those diseases are...
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