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Computer Program For Quicker, More Detailed Mapping

... the Stanford Human Genome Center. "The others can tell you whatblock the house is on, but we can give the exact address." Mapper produces high-quality genetic maps that will dramatically advancethe efforts of the Human Genome Project, whose goal is to map and sequencethe genetic blueprint that contains ...

Children Become Gorillas In VR Zoo

...ack male gorilla, the Zoo Atlantaresearchers could tell us the range and probabilities of thesilverback's actual responses." Zoo researchers are impressed with the final outcome, which wasn'teasy to achieve. Unlike monkeys, apes are not extremely active animals,and much of their social interaction is sub...

Hawaiian Whales Show 'No Overt Response' To Sounds Of ATOC Simulation

..."ATOC is an important international study that can tell whether global climate conditions are changing, not only for those of us on the surface but for organisms in the oceans. Any noted changes in the ocean ecosystem could mean change on the surface ecosystem. It's definitely worth doing and I hope ...

New Ultrasensitive Technique For Accurately Characterizing Biomolecules Is Developed By Cornell Chemists

... so we not only can analyze the sample, but we can tell what it is. With mass spectrometry, we can characterize and identify." The technique may be useful for examining a host of human medical disorders, the researchers said. "This is an excellent tool for looking at an isolated biological system at the ...

Human-Like Ability, Categorical Perception, Found In Insects

...seful ability in some situations is our ability to tell the difference between sounds like 'ba' and 'pa,' " Wyttenbach noted. "Even though there is a continuum of variation between 'ba' and 'pa' based on voice onset time or VOT, which instruments can detect, our ears don't discriminate. We hear either '...

New Software Provides Quick Analysis of ion-Channel Activity

...bind the transmitter, scientists have been able to tell which part of the channel operation is affected and suggest possible treatments. QUB also is expected to be a boon to researchers who want to study protein dynamics in general. Since the flow of current through a channel makes many of the conformat...

UC Berkeley, U.S.G.S. Scientists Discover Microscopic Invader Of San Francisco Bay, The First Known Marine Microbe Invader Of U.S. Waters

...e world's ports and estuaries. It is too early to tell what the impact of this introduction will be on the ecosystem, Sloan says, but at the population levels currently found, it is likely to have a large impact on the native species of foraminifer. The introduction of exotic species to the estuaries an...

Researchers Develop Model Using Birds As Indicator Of Wetlands Health

...irders,however ... and even a very poor birder can tell the differencebetween a duck and a sparrow." Birders also tend to keep very detailed records of what theysee. Working with Professor Styer, Coleman learned to identifyspecies commonly found in the Greater Cincinnati area. Then, hetracked bird occurre...

Fast Measurement Technique Reveals Early Steps In Protein Folding

...dyinghow the fluorescence decays over time, we can tell how the amino acids arecoming together and how different parts of the protein are moving around." Based on recent measurements of apomyoglobin, Gruebele has identified twodistinct phases in the folding process. In the first phase, which lastsseveral...

Scientists Identify Gene For Sexual Behavior In Male Flies

...ns in the fru gene become bisexual -- they cannot tell other males fromfemale flies when courting. With this research, the team of geneticistscloned and isolated the fru gene, and showed that it controlsmuch more than the male's choice of partners. They showed that the fru gene is: A master gene t...

Birds Deal With "Cocktail Party Effect"

...ired bird songrecordings, they were easily able to tell the difference betweenthe two pairs. They could do this even when they heard songexamples that contained just one of the two species' songs in thepair, a bird song sound they had never heard before. Theyaccurately chose the correct species more than ...

Blood Test Can Identify Some Children With Strep-Related Behavioral Disorders

...ith strep-throat infections. The testcould one day tell families if their children are genetically predisposed todeveloping the repeated behaviors and involuntary movements and vocalizationsconnected with OCD and tic disorders. The blood test's development comes on the heels of findings by the sameresea...

Duke University Students Devise Devices For The Disabled

... next word," Goyal said. "If they're wrong,it will tell them they are wrong and then replay the same word again." The other mode makes a game of finding shapes within a recessed grid."It will ask the child to find objects," he said. "They feelin each of these holes and they figure out if it is the object...

Bacterium gobbles up chlorinated pollutants

...h dechlorinators are working here?' And that will tell us whether some enhancement would be helpful or whether the problem will take care of itself," Gossett said. The Cornell researchers have learned enough about Strain 195 to show that the tiny pollution-eater has a limb of its own on the bacterial fam...

Stopping "Cellular Suicide" Could Boost Production In Biotech Labs

...ng in the lab. "Maybe our cells seethe signalsthat tell them to commit suicide," Betenbaugh says. "But we canhalt thatprocess before it hits the point of no return. Instead of dyingafter twodays, our cells might live for six or seven days, makingpharmaceuticals for alonger period of time." In his initial ...

Scientists Discover How Genes Work Together To Control Neural Development

...under the microscope," Lai says. External signals tell the developing cells what kind of cell to becomeby initiating a cascade of internal molecular reactions called the "signaltransduction pathway." "Cancer can result if errors occur inthe signal-transduction pathway, giving a cell the signal to divide ...

Altered Genes, Altered Metabolism--Longer Life?

...switchboard for signals coming into the cell which tell the cell how much foodis available. If not enough food or insulin is available, the daf-2 geneactivates a pathway that puts the organism into a hibernating state. A decreasein metabolism has been observed in calorically restricted rats which have a...

Common Childhood Virus Poses Threat To Adults, Research Shows

...; Murry said a normal person couldn’t easily tell whether they haveRSV or just a nasty cold. One clue is the time of infection -- cases ofRSV explode across the United States only in winter. In summer, cases ofRSV are practically nonexistent. In Ohio, most people catch RSV between November and Apri...

One Chimp Can Perceive States Of Awareness In Others

...stion for the test was whether onechimpanzee could tell if another was ignorant of a specific situation, inthis case, of a threat or a reward. Boysen and her colleagues tested three pairs of chimpanzees at the OhioState colony. Two adult males, Kermit and Darrell, who had been togetherfor 18 years, ...

Scientists To Study Effects Of Global Warming On Wetlands

...nergy budget of ecosystems," said Chen. "If we can tell whether the energy budget is increasing or decreasing, it will make our lives much easier. Einstein saidenergy equals mass, so if we know the energy in an ecosystem, we should be able to determine its biomass. So we should be able to determine whethe...

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