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Gut Microbes Trigger Malaria-Fighting Antibodies | The Scientist Magazine®

Gut Microbes Trigger Malaria-Fighting Antibodies | The Scientist Magazine® | Popular Science | Scoop.it
A carbohydrate antigen found on cells of E. coli and other species prompts a potent immune response against malaria-causing parasites in mice.
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Rhododendron? Hydrangea? America Doesn’t Know Anymore

Rhododendron? Hydrangea? America Doesn’t Know Anymore | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The country has a growing case of ‘plant blindness’—a term used by botanists to describe the inability to identify basic plants. Even biologists struggle. ‘Imagine a medical doctor who didn’t know how to identify the correct body parts.’
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How Crispr Could Transform Our Food Supply

A new technique has the potential to change the foods we eat every day, boosting flavor, disease resistance, and yields, and even tackling allergens like gluten—and scientists say they're working only with nature's own tools.
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Oldest Evidence for Life on Land Unearthed in South Africa

Oldest Evidence for Life on Land Unearthed in South Africa | Popular Science | Scoop.it
These ancient fossils may be the oldest documented evidence of life on land, pushing back direct evidence for terrestrial life by about 500 million years.
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Lake Hillier: Australia's Pink Lake and the Story Behind It

Lake Hillier: Australia's Pink Lake and the Story Behind It | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Framed by luscious Eucalyptus forests and the Indian Ocean, Australia's pink lake really looks out of place on Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago. But why is it pink?
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Mail-Order CRISPR Kits Allow Absolutely Anyone to Hack DNA

Mail-Order CRISPR Kits Allow Absolutely Anyone to Hack DNA | Popular Science | Scoop.it
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‘Omnigenic’ Model Suggests That All Genes Affect Every Complex Trait

‘Omnigenic’ Model Suggests That All Genes Affect Every Complex Trait | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The more closely geneticists look at complex traits and diseases, the harder it gets to find active genes that don’t play some part in them.
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Association of Type 2 Diabetes with Submicron Titanium Dioxide Crystals in the Pancreas - Chemical Research in Toxicology (ACS Publications)

Association of Type 2 Diabetes with Submicron Titanium Dioxide Crystals in the Pancreas - Chemical Research in Toxicology (ACS Publications) | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Association of Type 2 Diabetes with Submicron Titanium Dioxide Crystals in the Pancreas
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A Crispr Conundrum: How Cells Fend Off Gene Editing - The New York Times

A Crispr Conundrum: How Cells Fend Off Gene Editing - The New York Times | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Scientists may need to bypass a cell’s cancer defenses in order to successfully edit its DNA. The finding raises questions about gene-editing advances.
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Scientists weighed all life on Earth. It’s mind-boggling.

Scientists weighed all life on Earth. It’s mind-boggling. | Popular Science | Scoop.it
All life on Earth, in one staggering chart.
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Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t. - The New York Times

Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t. - The New York Times | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The genome obviously varies from person to person. But it can also vary from cell to cell, even within the same individual. The implications of “mosaicism” are enormous.
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Octopus and squid evolution is officially weirder than we could have ever imagined

Octopus and squid evolution is officially weirder than we could have ever imagined | Popular Science | Scoop.it

Just when we thought octopuses couldn't be any weirder, it turns out that they and their cephalopod brethren evolve differently from nearly every other organism on the planet.
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How GMOs can save civilization (and probably already have)

Humans first began collecting and growing edible grains, fruits and roots, and corralling wild animals for meat, milk, and material goods thousands of years ago. Ever since, we have been shaping…
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We Now Know Why Elephants Rarely Get Cancer, And Humans Could Learn From This

We Now Know Why Elephants Rarely Get Cancer, And Humans Could Learn From This | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Humans appear to share similar cancer-resisting genes as the elephant, a discovery that could open the door to new ways to treat cancer in the future.
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USDA Unveils New Gene-Stacking Tool to Prevent Plant Diseases

USDA Unveils New Gene-Stacking Tool to Prevent Plant Diseases | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The European Union says no thanks.
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Combining on and off switches, one protein can control flowering in plants

Combining on and off switches, one protein can control flowering in plants | Popular Science | Scoop.it
New research has discovered a previously unknown mechanism for controlling cellular decisions, one which combines an on-and-off switch in a single protein, either promoting or preventing the transition to flowering in plants.
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That’s Not Algae Swirling on the Beach. Those Are Green Worms. - The New York Times

That’s Not Algae Swirling on the Beach. Those Are Green Worms. - The New York Times | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Researchers demonstrated that plant-worms rotate in circular congregations along Atlantic beaches. But nobody is certain why.
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Botanical life in close-up – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

Botanical life in close-up – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Colin Salter’s new book is a selection of extraordinary electron microscopic images of the plant world around us, including seeds, pollen, fruiting bodies, trees and leaves, flowers, vegetables and fruit
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Invasive Giant Hogweed's Solar-Activated Sap Causes Blistering Skin Burns

Invasive Giant Hogweed's Solar-Activated Sap Causes Blistering Skin Burns | Popular Science | Scoop.it
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Why You Should Never, Ever Drink Water After Eating Hot Peppers

Why You Should Never, Ever Drink Water After Eating Hot Peppers | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Anyone who has ever wondered why eating certain spicy foods makes your mouth feel like it’s on fire should take a look at a new video released by the Ameri
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Climate Change Is Likely Killing Ancient Baobab Trees

Climate Change Is Likely Killing Ancient Baobab Trees | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The oldest baobabs are collapsing, and there's only one likely explanation.
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An evolutionary adaptation that doesn’t directly rely on new mutations

An evolutionary adaptation that doesn’t directly rely on new mutations | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Blind cave fish harnessed an epigenetic system to shut down eye development.
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US FDA approves Golden Rice

US FDA approves Golden Rice | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Golden Rice, marking the third positive international assessment for the genetically engineered biofortified crop. Previously, Food Standards Australia, New Zealand and Health Canada gave Golden Rice the stamp of approval in February and March 2018 respectively. In an official letter to the developers of Golden …
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How the earliest plants made our world muddy | Science | The Guardian

How the earliest plants made our world muddy | Science | The Guardian | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The first plants to make it on to land altered mud production and where it formed rocks, changing our planet forever
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The Unique Merger That Made You (and Ewe, and Yew) - Issue 10: Mergers & Acquisitions

The Unique Merger That Made You (and Ewe, and Yew) - Issue 10: Mergers & Acquisitions | Popular Science | Scoop.it
At first glance, a tree could not be more different from the caterpillars that eat its leaves, the mushrooms sprouting from its bark,…
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Liverwort reproductive organ inspires pipette design

Liverwort reproductive organ inspires pipette design | Popular Science | Scoop.it
A new pipette is inspired by a plant’s female reproductive structure.
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