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Discovery of armored viruses may inspire new designs for nanotechnology

...imilar function, allowing the virus mobility while protecting its precious cargo of DNA. "The virus has developed a very clever way of keeping its DNA intact," notes Tsuruta. Interlocking molecular rings, called catenanes, are an important focus of biochemical research. Johnson points out that HK97's catenane s...

Conservation under the shade coffee canopy: ant-bird interactions in Panama croplands

...hese results, she says, point to the importance of protecting canopy shade trees in these coffee plantations. And while some species may be able to use the shade coffee areas, some sensitive forest species still need forests in order to survive. The research team also suggests that the areas of shade grown co...

New report says antimicrobial resistance an ecological issue

...s are used for everything from fighting disease to protecting crops to producing food animals, and not enough is understood about the impact of resistance on the environment as a whole. A new report from the American Academy of Microbiology, "Antimicrobial Resistance: An Ecological Perspective," takes a broad ...

Bifidobacteria act as a barrier against infection

...rains also colonised the intestinal tract of mice, protecting them against lethal infection with salmonella. How the bifidobacteria develop their "antibiotic" substances is not known, but they are thought to work in concert with the antibiotic proteins and enzymes released by specialised cells in the gut lining...

ZymoGenetics researchers identify novel Interleukin that plays key role in immune system regulation

... broad utility in therapeutic applications such as protecting against viral infection, enhancing vaccines, boosting the efficacy of chemotherapy or treating autoimmune disease. Our continued biological studies of IL-21 will clarify which activities will have primary therapeutic value."...

Scientists discover enzymes capable of duplicating damaged genetic material (DNA) and creating new mutations

...umanity. New ways of fighting disease and hunger, protecting the environment, and harnessing alternative sources of energy are high priorities at Weizmann....

New discovery: 'footprint' shows master switch simultaneously controls plants' disease defenses

...hat probably play important but undefined roles in protecting plants against disease. "Now we can use the footprint to find the controlling switch and eventually engineer it to create a plant that would respond better or more quickly to attack by disease-causing organisms such as bacteria and fungi," Dangl ...

Finding a market for 'ecosystem services'

...ket "ecosystem services" with the ultimate goal of protecting the ecosystem itself. "The importance of ecosyste...ater quality, and, as a result, a clear demand for protecting watersheds," said workshop organizer Barton "Buzz" Thompson Jr., vice dean of the Stanford Law Schoo...

UC Davis study shows spirulina boosts immune system

...s suggest that spirulina is a strong proponent for protecting against intracellular pathogens and parasites and ...ing micro-organisms. Hence, spirulinas strength in protecting against intracellular pathogens and parasites. The moderate increase in the secretion of interleukin...

Game of life allows all mating strategies

...rom the local blue throats, which were not so busy protecting many females in larger territories, the biologists predicted. But there was always the chance that the testosterone-pumped orange throats had their way with some blue throats' females, or that sneaker males had fertilized some eggs. • Resembl...

Researchers sequence first plant genome

...s animals have immune systems, plants have ways of protecting themselves, too," Wilson explained. "As scientists begin to understand the genes that code for protective proteins, they may be able to make plants more resistant not only to diseases but to insects, wind and drought." Scientists are comparing the ...

Researchers trace toxins from algal blooms through the marine food web in Monterey Bay

...nections between organisms, while at the same time protecting human health, so it's very exciting," Silver said....

Scientists find that grasslands can act as 'carbon sinks'

...he microbial community, which is also conducive to protecting soil carbon from decomposition. At the same time, the research indicates that the extent of carbon buildup in the grassland soil may be limited, because the lower rate of plant decomposition reduces the supply of nitrogen for additional plant growth....

Penn researchers protein's link to leukemia

...A to activate genes inappropriately and therefore protecting the integrity of every cell's function. Now that SET's presence in healthy cells is understood, it will be easier for scientists to decipher what the protein's presence means when it appears as part of SET-CAN in cancer cells, Chakravarti said. "Pr...

UC Davis science newstips Feb 01

...bines; predicting air flow through wind parks; and protecting turbines from wind gust damage. The UC Davis researchers are collaborating with Davis-based consultants Dynamic Design, NASA's Ames Research Center, the California Energy Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Labor...

Genetic therapies for aging will face many challenges

...hance to devise better alleles and mechanisms for protecting macromolecules, that will happen. So there is an opportunity for substantial increments in human life span. "The bad news is that there are so many different things that can go wrong as we age. These can be affected by an enormous number of potenti...

The role of science in restoring California's water resources

...eets the demands of thirsty farms and cities while protecting Northern California`s fragile rivers and lakes. The critical role played by environmental scientists in solving the state`s complex water issues will be the subject of a symposium at the annual meeting of the American Association for th...

Weizmann Institute scientists block loss of eyesight in animals with a glaucoma-like disease

...humanity. New ways of fighting disease and hunger, protecting the environment, and harnessing alternative sources of energy are high priorities at Weizmann....

Hotspots no panacea

...s co-authors. However, the researchers stress that protecting hotspots is still important. "Any efforts to protect species and their habitats, such as the Critical Ecosystem Partnership [to protect 25 biodiversity hotspots worldwide], are a good thing," says Rutledge....

Latest farm product: Meadowbirds

The conventional way of protecting meadowbirds in The Netherlands is to pay farmers for setting aside the best breeding areas. But now there's a better way: paying farmers for each meadowbird clutch means more effective protection at a lower cost, according to new research in the Apri...

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