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Munching Microbes Make A Meal Out Of Toxic Substances

...t comes to cleaning up the environment, the answer may be right under our feet. A Purdue University engin...l. Nies says the knowledge gained from his studies may help in understanding how and why microbes eat other types of toxic chemicals in the soil, and how t...

First Planned Release Of Captive Lemurs In Madagascar Wilds Expected In Fall

...t location, they warned. Past poaching activities may at least partially explain such a low census.Black...e end of the month,the door will be opened, but we may not immediately cut off the food. We'llcontinue to supplement their diet for as long as it takes for...

Newly Identified Tomato Gene Appears Key To Fruit Softening

...r genetics studies have indicatedthat while pectin may determine other aspects of fruit quality, it is no...ng, according to Rose, who hopesthat the expansins may hold the key to controlling fruit softening. Rose and Bennett suspected a process similar to the gr...

Enzymes Targeted As Key To Understanding Drug Interactions

... interaction between medications? Or when one drug may render another ineffective? News stories have highlighted the problem of pharmacists who failed to question prescriptions for dangerous drug combinations, and pharmacists complain of computer programs that fail to give them adequate warning of possib...

Houseflies May Transmit Ulcer Bug

... 29, 1997--A staple of summer, thecommon housefly, may be a reservoir for Helicobacter pylori , thebacte...e years of age. A key factor in these differences may bethe use of indoor plumbing in developed countries, says Dr. Grbel. Houseflies frequently come...

New understanding of crab populations may not bring fishermen's delight

...rs,weather and food. It turns out that both sides may be right. A new paper being publishedin the May 30 issue of Science magazine fingers random external influencesthat are amplified by nonlinear internal dynamics as guilty parties in thewild swings. Focusing on Dungeness crabs on the U.S. West Coast,...

New Evidence For Corn's Ancestry Could Lead To Insect And Drought Resistant Crops

...ericanrace of corn that exists today. "We think it may represent an extinctrace," she added....

Bacterium gobbles up chlorinated pollutants

...6 issue of Science. But the talented bug alone may not be the magic bullet against the second-most-co... other bacteria, and the pollution cleanup process may benefit from a little enhancement with extra hydrogen, nitrogen, phosphorous or even vitamins. "Stra...

Ozone 'Chat Room' Provides Real-Time Air-Quality Research

...unities with unacceptable levels of ozone not only may suffer health effects from ozone pollution, but also may face government-imposed lifestyle changes, such as mandated car-pooling and other travel restriction...

Natural Shelters on Leaves House Plant Bodyguards

... at thattime. "These results suggest that domatia may offer a natural biologicalcontrol strategy as an alternative to the use of pesticides," saidAgrawal. "Leaf domatia are found on wild varieties of several cropspecies damaged by spider mites, so we're hopeful that domatia might beintroduced to commerc...

Merging Physics And Neuroscience: First Evidence Of Self-Organized Criticality In Brain Networks

...n is uncertain,though the researchers believe they may help communicateinformation about the state of exc...om epilepticpatients suggests that diseased tissue may in fact produce wavepatterns that are dramatically different from the waves produced byhealthy tissu...

Calorie Restriction Reduces Age-Related Muscle Loss

...ar," said Aiken. Some scientists theorize that CR may reduce sarcopenia byinfluencing mitochondria, cell...otion that abnormalities inmitrochondrial activity may contribute to sarcopenia," said Weindruch. "CRinitiated in late middle age apparently can slow the p...

Enhancin Protein Attacks Insect Immune System

... and the common armyworm. In the future, growers may use polyhedron crystals -- which contain enhancin and a pest-specific baculovirus. A pesky caterpillar, for example, will eat part of a leaf containing the polyhedron. The crystal would be dissolved in the insect's intestines, releasing the gut-wre...

Summer Science: Firefly Babies Advertise Their Bitter Taste, UD Researchers Say

...wJournal of Insect Behavior. "A flashing neon sign may lure hungry humans to an all-night diner," saysDou...hers found. This new insight into firefly behavior may serve as an educational tool for bothadults and children this summer, Tallamy says. "The more people...

How Dry Is The Tropical Free Troposphere? Implications For Global Warming Theory

...redictions by computer models and the measurements may be dueto a less-than-accurate modeling of the role of water-vapor in the atmosphereof the GCM's. In the June 1997 edition of the Bulletin of theAmerican Meteorological Society , Dr.Roy Spencer of NASA/Marshall SpaceFlight Center and the GlobalH...

Two Parasitic Wasps Show Promise For Controlling Pest Flies

...y for usein California and Northeast dairies, they may be worth a closer look asa biological control in I...ugh to be effective,"Weinzierl said. "However, it may be that endius is a potentialbiological control agent that we should be concentrating on. That co...

Scientists Bridge Gap In Cell Communication

...d, will have no immediate medical application, but may lead to the development of new genetic-based treatments for disease. It also reveals that the pathway from cell surface to the gene is remarkably direct. CONTACTS: Allen Laughon , (608) 262-2456, alaughon@facstaff.wisc.edu ; Sean Carroll , (60...

Stopping "Cellular Suicide" Could Boost Production In Biotech Labs

...scientists find a wayto stopcellular suicide, they may be able to keep some cardiac cellsfrom killingthemselves after a heart attack. They may also be able to extendthe life ofartificial organs made from animal tissue. The key is to halt apopt...

Couch Potatoes, Not French Fries, May Be To Blame For Obesity

...uld be more to blame than diet," Binkley says. "It may be couch potatoes, not french fries, that are the ...the study suggests that the types of food one eats may not matter as much as the amount of calories consumed or the amount of exercise. "Fast-food restaura...

EPA's Plant-Pesticide Policy Threatens To Stifle Development Of Pesticide Alternatives And International Trade

...elopment of alternatives to chemicalpesticides, it may contribute to a mounting trade war in Europe and othercountries over genetically modified organisms (GMOs). At a workshop in Washington, D.C., July 17-18, the EPA restated that itseeks to regulate substances that plants produce to protect the...

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