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Presence of a fertile female in the next nest can lead a bird astray, UB research finds

...putation for practicing monogamy andsharing in the raising of their young. However, the mere presence of a fertile female in the nest next door can beenough to cause a male to stray, leaving his female mate unguarded, according toa paper scheduled for publication in the July issue of Auk, the journal of the...

W.M. Keck Foundation gives USC $110 million

...e to a medical school. USC, which has committed to raising an additional $330 million in matchingfunds, will ...n policies and operations, and to take the lead in raising the matchingfunds called for by the agreement with the W.M. Keck Foundation. Sample announced that t...

UW professor's climate change theory leads to NASA mission

...tmosphere's aerosol content could decline quickly, raising the prospect of morerapid climate warming. Charlson was among the first to propose that aerosols reflect enough sunlightaway from Earth to offset the effects of greenhouse warming regionally. He wasthe lead author for a 1992 article in the journal Sc...

Narcolepsy gene identified

...whose orexin genes do not function properly. After raising severalgenerations of the mice, the investigators videotaped the animals as they wentabout their daily business, hoping to see how the genetic alteration changedtheir behavior. After scrutinizing hundreds of videotapes of mice scampering, grooming,e...

New mouse model could be key to understanding role of folic acid in preventing birth defects

...o save billions of dollars inhealth care simply by raising everyone's level of folic acid."Dr. Finnell said he is heartened by the study findings. "I've been looking at neural tube defects and the genes involved for 18 years.Having a tool to dissect how an embryo gets folic acid is going to be useful toanswe...

Saturated fats: The very bad,the not-so-bad and the benign

... stearic acid is that it is benign, simultaneously raising both HDL ("good") and LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels. It is not worthwhile singling out stearic acid as a "safe" form of saturated fat , and chocolate lovers are better off seeking saturated-fat-free alternatives. Hu FB et al. Dietary saturated f...

Researcher finds alternatives to antibiotics for growing chickens

...cs in feed gave producers an economic advantage in raising animals to market weight quickly and at low cost. The routine addition of growth promoting antibiotics to animal feed soon became commonplace in agriculture. When the practice began, researchers didn't fully understand why antibiotics improved an...

Milk found safe from toxic algae

...o drink non-lethal doses of algae from these dams, raising the question of whether the toxins can contaminate our 'clean-green' agricultural products and present a health risk. This possibility was raised in a report to the Prime Minister's Science and Engineering Council in 1996. Research by scientists from...

Heat can help maintain muscle mass in immobilized limbs, study shows

...n HSP72 levels in the muscle, Power said. However, raising the temperature of the body enough to promote HSP72 synthesis is a relatively easy process and in fact took only 15 minutes in the rats. "I don't see why these kinds of tests couldn't begin very soon," Powers said. "It's a safe and non-invasive wa...

Roads affect 20% of U.S. land

...rds to communicate while incubating their eggs and raising their young. While the ecological effects of roads are mostly negative, it doesn't have to be this way. Awareness of the extent of roadside effects can help people meet both transportation and conservation goals, says Forman. For instance, people ca...

Water: the unexpected blood pressure drug

...rculation that water has a powerful blood pressure raising effect in these patients. Water also raises blood ...s suffered by patients with autonomic failure. By raising blood pressure, water ingestion during the day can enhance a patient's functional abilities. At Van...

New antioxidant vitamin RDAs better, but not good enough

... are much worse for vitamin E and the elderly. And raising the standards will only increase the number of people who "officially" have inadequate nutrition. "However, these rdas are important, and should be taken seriously," Frei said. "They are the basis for foods in our school lunch programs, the military...

Researchers identify novel penicillin-resistance gene in pneumonia bacteria

...spreading from day-care centers to hospital rooms, raising the concern of public health officials and physicians about the possible failure of antibiotic therapy against the resistant bacteria. For the last 20 years, researchers from Tomasz's lab have been studying the biochemical and genetic basis of penic...

A big whoop! Crane chicks will hatch on-line: Go to whoopers.USGS.gov

...on the Whooper Chick Website!): *A strict rule for raising whooping crane chicks for release is that the young birds never see their human caregivers. In this and many other bird species, chicks that are exposed to human beings may become imprinted on them, and grow up preferring the company of people to tha...

DFG to launch 21 new priority programmes

...verall funding volume of around 104 million marks, raising the total number of promoted priority projects to 129. The priority programmes aim at bringing together scientists and scholars from various research institutions and research areas. As a rule, a priority programme is promoted for a period of six yea...

Bone produced from skin and gum tissue

...eplace large areas of missing bone in living rats, raising the prospect of simpler, less painful bone grafts in human patients. The experiments, published in the May 20 issue of Human Gene Therapy, also had a surprising result: the engineered cells not only delivered the bone-forming proteins they were desig...

$1.5 million awarded to marine conservationists

...utheast Asian villagers to save wild seahorses and raising awareness to restore the Pacific northwest salmon runs, to educating Ecuadorian fishermen to collect data that protects the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The total of $1.5 million presented annually by the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation makes...

Yale scientists identify genetic form of hypertension in pregnant women

...receptor, Lifton said, increasing salt balance and raising blood pressure. When women with this mutation become pregnant, the 100-fold increase in progesterone b -- a normal hormone of pregnancy -- can also activate this receptor, causing increased salt balance and marked worsening of hypertension. "Our fi...

TSRI scientists clone gene that regulates circadian rhythms in plants

...day, gearing up their photosynthetic machinery and raising their leaves just before dawn. They also use their clocks to measure day length and in that way anticipate changes in the seasons a system that determines when they shed their leaves or produce seeds or tubers in the fall, or make flowers or fruit i...

DNA-based flu vaccine raises protective immunity

...developing vaccines, researchers target HA because raising anti-HA antibodies provide protection against the virus. The use of the C3d subunit of complement combined with HA to prime the immune system against influenza constitutes a novel approach to immunization. When the vaccine is introduced into the body...

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