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Dog Blindness Gene May Help Humans

...e researchers consider itlikely that RP17 and prcd spring from mutations in corresponding genes in humans and dogs. "If this is true, the identification of the prcd gene may lead not only to an unequivocal diagnostic test for dogs but also togene therapy methods for prcd in dogs -- which eventually may be ...

Yale Announces New Biotech Firm

...irst introduced us to the idea ofpolyGenomics last spring and has worked with us since then to help get thecompany up and running. We have a great relationship with the individualsthere and expect to be involved in many more Yale-based companies." Describing the OCR's role, Gardiner said, "Yale rec...

Insect Taste Buds Target Of Control Method

...od," Mullin told attendees today (March 30) at the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas, Texas. "We are using three-dimensional chemical modeling to create structural templates of stimulatory and antifeedant chemicals." Finding the structural similarities between chemicals that st...

Births Of Rare Lemurs At Duke Primate Center

..., N.C. -- The Duke Primate Center was greeted this spring with thebirth of an unusual number of babies of ra...als. Colony Manager David Haring said this spring represented a "highlysuccessful" birthing period for these three rare species. "The number o...

Weary Tibetan People Find Supporting Hand In ASU Graduate Student

...nter and summer pastures with shorter stops in the spring and fall. They use yak dung for fuel and smoke it in their pipes. "They been living on sort of a knife's edge for the last 30 years," said Andrew Smith, an ASU biology professor and Foggin's thesis advisor. Old grazing practices have changed for th...

Bears Cubed: Virginia Tech Studies Three Bears, And Three Bears, And Three More Bears

...during denning, cubbing, and afterbirth. After the spring gobbler season, the mamas and cubs, who by then weighabout 12 pounds, are released back into the wilds of Virginia. The bears are tattooed on their gums with an ID number, and some are tagged onthe ears, so data can be recorded and studied in later t...

Bison Grazing Increases Biodiversity In Grasslands

...ires and grazing by large herbivores. In general, spring fires enhance growth of certain grasses, and herbivores such as bison preferentially graze these grasses, keeping a system of checks and balances working properly, and allowing many plant species to flourish. "Extirpation of native grazers, habitat...

DFG To Fund Six New Research Units

At its spring meeting, the Grants Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)decided to fund six new research units. In these units several researchers - usually based at thesame university - cooperate to solve a shared scientific problem. Research unit...

Climate Change May Impact Waterborne Diseases

...this disease, the researchers toldattendees at the spring meeting of the American Geophysical Union Meeting today(May 26) that the cost to society of a current outbreak is about $211 perperson. This includes the actual costs of medical care, such as the costs ofmedication, hospitalization and physicians' se...

USGS Responds to Amphibian Declines With Program In Great Smokey Mountains National Park

...chorus of serenading American toads after a severe spring storm. These are just a few of the 40 species of amphibians--that is, frogs, toads, and salamanders--that U.S. Geological Survey scientists will survey over the next 5 years in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a region that has the greatest d...

Tracking Hepatitis C: Health Project Demos Worldwide Early-Warning System For Disease Outbreaks; Sandia Tests Disease-Tracking Approach

... dozen people in the southwestern United States in spring 1993, theU.S. had some explaining to do, says Zelicoff. The outbreak was sudden, it wasoften fatal, and it was confined to a region where military research takesplace. To some, it looked like the U.S. might have been experimenting withbiological agen...

Potential Solutions For Gulf of Mexico's "Dead Zone" Explored

...that flow into the Mississippi River watershedeach spring and ultimately turn more than 7,000 square miles of the Gulfof Mexico into a “dead zone.” Nitrogen and other nutrients cause hypoxia, or the depletion of oxygenin a body of water. Hypoxia in the Gulf stems from human activities in theMissi...

Detecting Deer: New Method For Counting Population In Urban Areas

..., Beringer and Hansen published their study in the spring issue ofWildlife Society Bulletin, Volume 26, 1998. Ecological Harmony The census results were a surprise and will help Sexton and others develop arational plan to keep the deer herd compatible with Tyson Research Center goalsand size. The biologi...

Native Fish Found In U.S. Lake Ontario For First Time In 50 Years

...aboard the USGS Research Vessel KAHO during a spring fishery investigation. Despite annual surveys by USGS and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation from 1978-1997, the deepwater sculpin hadn't been captured in the U.S. waters of Lake Ontario since 1942. Likewi...

HIV-Positive Injection Drug Users Often Don't Receive Protease Inhibitors And May Not Be Aware Of The Drug

...n district, with three more sites to follow in the spring of1999, said Edlin, who was a task force member. Edlin's colleagues in the study are research directors Jennifer Lorvickand Ricky N. Bluthenthal, statisticians Elizabeth A. Erringer and Alex H. Kral,and data manager Michael D. Ray, all of UCS...

News Backgrounder: Duke Primate Center Successfully Fosters Mysterious Aye-Ayes

... The birth of Marvin and two other aye-ayes this spring brings the totalcaptive Primate Center population to 12, said director Ken Glander. The centeris now confident enough of their knowledge of the animals that a breeding pair --Merlin and Caliban -- has been loaned to the San Francisco Zoo, and another...

Clockwork Clues Determined

...or organisms in temperate regions, particularly in spring or fall when environmental temperature touches the lower boundary of the range the clock to keep running....

Cardinals Can Recognize Gender By Song, Columbia University Biologist Finds

...rdinalssing only during breeding season from early spring to midsummer, and reasonedthat, since the birds normally inhabit dense underbrush that hides them fromview, their songs might provide the cue that alerts a bird to the presence ofanother bird. She hid speakers in the brush at a field site in ...

Zinc In Sludge From Spanish Reservoir Break Equals Mine's Annual Output, Researchers Find

...ty Earth Observatorybelieve that the collapse last spring of a retaining wall holding tailings froma Spanish zinc mine has dumped an amount of zinc into rivers nearly equal to themine"s total annual output. The accident last April 25 at the Los Frailes zinc mine in Aznalcollar,about 50 miles south ...

Viral Vector Delivers Dystophin Gene To Mouse Muscle

...egin testingthe vector for safety in humans in the spring of 1999. Dystrophin is a protein critical for normal maintenance of muscle tissue. Muscular dystrophy is caused by mutations in a large, complex gene whichcontains instructions telling muscle cells how to produce dystrophin. Becausethey lack the ge...

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