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Snakehead in your inbox? Welcome to the nonindigenous Aquatic Species Alert System

...ht, automatically receive email alerts, or perform searches on aquatic species -- such as American alligators in Pennsylvania, Asian carp in Colorado, or snakehead fishes in Virginia. The system is flexible, providing two different perspectives one to a user interested in an area, the other to users interes...

Gene defects found in age-related macular degeneration

...ored it completely." Stone emphasized that future searches for causative mutations of AMD must be painstaking in their precision and involve large numbers of patients. "It may well be that some of the variations we found in the other fibulin genes also cause AMD, but with our current analytical limitations, ...

Nature mimics industry

...f all known naturally occurring organohalogens. He searches scientific literature for references to new cases of plants, animals, insects and even bacteria producing organohalogens. He catalogues the references and keeps track of them all. Gribble emphasizes that many of these natural organohalogens have pot...

Rutgers chemist uses NMR to elucidate protein-DNA interaction

...vant DNA sequence, but the interaction is weak. It searches for the correct sequence by sliding along the DNA until it can bind with a specific DNA sequence and form a complex," Kalodimos explained. "This helps us begin to complete the story of how proteins and DNA find each other in a very fast and accurate ...

Secret behind hard exoskeletons, spreading wings revealed

...-doctoral researcher in Honegger's laboratory, ran searches on the genome of the fruit fly and found that three of the four sequences matched the sequence of the fruit fly gene CG13419. She subsequently compared the sequence to known genomes for other insects and also found matches, leading the team to determ...

Spanish scientists develop powerful tool for exploration and integration of biological information

...g biomedical concepts While conventional keyword searches result in long and not always informative lists of abstracts, navigation along this gene-guided network allows for a stepwise and controlled exploration of the information space. The iHOP system shows that distant medical and biological concepts can ...

Ribozyme package effective against hepatitis B virus

...ine researchers have developed a tiny package that searches for and destroys up to 80 percent of hepatitis B virus in the livers of mice. "This marks one of the few successful in vivo, or in-animal, models of an effective therapy to reduce the production of hepatitis B virus," said Gary Clawson, M.D., Ph.D.,...

Asthma could be several diseases masquerading as one

...enced by different genes, said Wenzel. If so, then searches focusing on specific patient subsets might uncover stronger genetic influences in asthma. ...

International HapMap Consortium publishes scientific strategy

...ses to medicines. The map is aimed at speeding the searches for genes affecting cancer, diabetes, heart disease and many other common conditions. In the paper published in the journal Nature, the public-private consortium also outlined its policies for the rapid release of HapMap data to researchers around t...

Public Library of Science launches PLoS Biology

... locating research results online. "The full text searches made possible by our open-access policy will increase opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, speed scientific discovery and potentially save lives." In addition, every primary research article will be accompanied by a syno...

$9.4 million NSF grant backs UCSB-led effort in bio-image informatics

...oteins. The project aims at storing and enabling searches of such "image-banks" so that patterns can be revealed. Leslie Wilson, a molecular cell biologist, specializes in understanding the role of the cytoskeleton in normal cells as well as in cancerous cells and neurodegenerative diseases. "If we are suc...

Researchers identify new cause of genomic instability

...ation would not have been readily detected in most searches for genes that suppress tumors in humans. Indeed, Bassing discovered that tumors in these mice still had a functioning H2AX gene. "A major question is why haploinsufficiency of the H2AX protein can cause genomic instability and cancer," said Alt. "...

Can female adult obesity be stopped at birth?

...s things fixed instantly. Among the most prominent searches for the "quick fix" is weight loss. Could our own physiology rather than a purchased liquid concoction one day be the key to female obesity? Perhaps. Background The body's energy homeostasis is maintained by a highly complex and integrated neuro...

Making sense of the genome

...sfully increased the signal to noise ratio of such searches by using a powerful combination of two methods. Firstly, the regulatory sequences are scanned for binding sites, but only for those that are known to be biologically active. For this comparison, Wasserman's team compiled a searchable database of 10...

Researchers find viral protein that mimics its way into cells

.... Lairmore said the computer searches uncovered a match of a key portion of NFAT, which controls its binding to calcineurin, a key enzyme that regulates calcium signals in T-cells. The viral motif had nearly the same amino ac...

The roots of human behavior? AAAS and The Hastings Center host a public meeting

...rific extreme during the Holocaust. More recently, searches for genetic underpinnings of alcoholism, intelligence, and personality traits have sparked controversy, over the scientific strength of the data and the studies' perceived implications e.g., that some individuals may be less accountable for their ac...

Families with severe form of bipolar disorder help scientists narrow the search for disease genes

After years of frustrating searches for genes that contribute to mental illness, researchers at Johns Hopkins studying families with a severe form of manic depressive illness, called psychotic bipolar disorder, may be one step closer to finding the genetic underpinnings of both bipolar...

New tools speed drug discovery and disease research

...en the researcher selects a candidate, the program searches further. An email shortly appears in the user's inbox with a weblink that shows a refined siRNA target sequence based on the candidate. Taking it to the Bench The web-based tool has proven to be a great resource for Whitehead scientists. For resea...

Pheromone receptors need 'escorts'

... as well as sequencing of the discovered genes and searches of gene databases -- yielded evidence that two families of MHC genes called M1 and M10 were preferentially activated in these neurons, said Dulac. The finding was surprising because MHC proteins commonly function on the surface of immune cells to pre...

Carnegie Mellon University receives NASA award to develop probes to detect life on Mars

... work of our team and contribute to interplanetary searches for life," says Waggoner, who directs the Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center (MBIC) at the Mellon College of Science. "We believe that these methods will provide the most sensitive means of detecting life with a remote device." The technology ha...

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