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Cell-Membrane Proteins Appear To Play Key Role In Squid's Swiftness

...hannels were all big and fast. It was difficult to think anythingas noble as a sodium channel could have anything to do with sluggardly behavior,even in slugs." A squid's faster sodium channel probably evolved to give it fine controlof rapid swimming for capturing prey and for escape, said Gillette, an af...

New Vaccine Blocks Viral Entry In Cattle, May Have Implications For Human Vaccines

... have for controlling viral diseases in humans. "I think our research here will ultimately benefit human he...us membranes play in viral infections. "When you think about it, most viruses enter animals and people through mucous membranes," Letchworth says. "A few v...

Scientists Use Magnetic Field As Alternative To Space-Based Zero Gravity

...n alow-gravity environment. The Brown scientists think that use of a technique called magnetic fieldgradi...proteins, that comprise most biological systems,we think this form of levitation can reduce gravitational stresses in a widerange of plants and animals." "...

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

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

Natural Shelters on Leaves House Plant Bodyguards

...dy with entomology professor RichardKarban . "We think that predatory insects and mites use domatiaboth for protection from their enemies and for improved microclimatic conditions,"he said. Domatia were originally described in the late 1800s by Swedish naturalistAxel Lundstrom, who proposed that these s...

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

...the UD researchers needed to find out whether mice think firefly larvaetaste bad. In previous laboratory studies, vertebrate predators have consistently turned uptheir noses at lucibufagins, compounds present in adult fireflies. But, Tallamynotes, "only anecdotal evidence suggested that larvae are also dis...

Better Peroxidase Improves Disease Diagnosis

...e is highly reactive and thermally stable. I don't think there's a better peroxidase out there." As Vierlin...s Morrow, "but when I tried it, I was converted. I think he's got something that's a nice improvement over current technology." In addition to its superior p...

UW Smogmobile Offers Cleaner, Safer Alternative To Gas Or Electric Cars

... operates at about 20 percent of the efficiency we think is possible, so it greatly reduces the mileage we can achieve on a tank of fuel," explains John Williams, a master's student in the department of aeronautics and astronautics who has worked on the smogmobile project for two years. Under a $360,000 U....

Evolution Re-Sculpted Animal Limbs By Genetic Switches Once Thought Too Drastic For Survival

...d. "If that's surprising, it's because people only think of the two or threeclosely related kinds of crustaceans we eat." The researchers used an antibody that labels the proteins made by two closelylinked homeotic genes, Ubx and abdA, to show in which segments of the embryo thegenes are turned on. The Ubx...

New Gene May Intensify Breast Cancer Growth

...f the fundamentalcell biology of breast cancer. We think this gene is probably part of the enginethat drives the growth of some breast cancers, and we're trying to understandhow that works," said Dr. Jeffrey Trent, a co-author of the paper and head ofthe NHGRI laboratory where the gene was cloned. The rese...

DNA Testing For Genetic Disorders: 'Does It Run In The Family?' Explains Options, Limitations, Problems

...ies andthe choices they made, Zallen helps readers think through theirown alternatives and discuss them with relatives. "DoesIt Run in the Family? is a must for anyone considering genetictesting, and facing its personal, familial, and societal implications,"said Joan O. Weiss, founding director of the Al...

Common Childhood Virus Poses Threat To Adults, Research Shows

...ial pneumonia don’t work against RSV,so if we think somebody has pneumonia and they really have RSV, w...ith or after RSV infection. “Doctors used to think that adults who acquire RSV may get coldsymptoms, not pneumonia,” said Murry. “But in fact...

One Chimp Can Perceive States Of Awareness In Others

...rrell, in a sense,put himself in Kermit's place. I think Darrell was aware that Kermit couldn'thave known that the predator was hidden in there." During the research all six animals ran through the same experimentsand the results were always the same -- the chimps "told" theirpeers of the hidden pred...

Maternal Lead Exposure Linked To High Numbers Of Cavities

...es. "Lead is not something that most dentists think of when theytalk about the causes of cavities, but they should," says Watson.Poor hygiene, lack of dental care, and poor diet are still majorconcerns of dentists, as they should be, says Bowen. But hesuggests that dentists who treat children from are...

Early Menarche Puts Young Girls In Peril

..., The Body Project traces the shifts in how girls think and feel about their bodies now that they menstruate and lose their virginity at much earlier ages than ever before and try to cope with a consumer and media-driven culture that "seduces them into thinking that the body and sexual expression are thei...

Discovery Of Genetic Pathways May Provide New Ways To Combat Candida Infections

...ore work needed to be done before scientists could think about reaping the benefits of this remarkable discovery. The key question was whether preventing filamentation in Candida could render the fungus non-infectious. Scientists began to answer this question using macrophages in petri dish, which are nor...

Gene For Last Major Form Of Batten Disease Discovered

...blem andrapidly identified the disease gene. They think this approach may be useful inidentifying other lysosomal enzymes and determining which ones are missing inhuman diseases. The most critical question in LINCL is what causes the massive neuronal deathseen in the disease. As many as 50 or 60 percent ...

Presence Of Protein Extends Life; Potential Aging Mechanism Found

...used by exposure to heat orcold. The researchers think fruit flies produce hsp70 after exposure to warmth... responsible for aging. However, people shouldn't think they will live longer by taking daily dosesof heat or by sitting in endless saunas, Tatar said. "Ou...

First Selenium-Based Orally-Active Antihypertensive May Lead To New Family Of Therapeutic Agents

... Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics . "We think our antihypertensive compounds are the first in whichbiological activity is a consequence of the unique chemistry andbiochemistry of selenium," explained <AHREF="http://www.chemistry.gatech.edu/faculty/may/may.html">Dr. SheldonW. May , Regent...

SFU Researcher Fools Forest Pest Into 'Barking Up The Wrong Tree'

...resin, can kill adult beetles and their young. "We think that, as a beetle flies through the forest, it sme..." he says. "There must be a reason for this, andwe think it's because it improves their search efficiency." Ironically, the bark beetle's superb sense of sme...

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