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Killer Whales Have Begun Preying On Sea Otters, Causing Disruption Of Coastal Ecosystems In Western Alaska

...e some big surprises in terms of the scale and the unlikely nature ofthis situation, but it makes a lot of sen.... Acareful statistical analysis found it extremely unlikely that the cluster ofrecent observations was due to chance alone. The researchers also compared sea o...

Inherited Depression Linked To Shortage Of Cells In Brain Region

... bipolar disorder. Medication effects were unlikely to account for the difference, Priceexplains, beca... both had fewer glial cells. Depression itself was unlikely to be theculprit because the patients with nonfamilial depression did not have fewerglia. A ...

Biochemical Markers Could Help Identify Battered Children

...anek warns that levels of a single biochemical are unlikely ever togive a definitive diagnosis of whether or not a child has been abused. Butanalysed together with other evidence, such as X-rays, he believes biochemistrycould become an important tool for doctors investigating suspicions of abuse....

New "Bacteria Bashers" Wipe Out Infection

...ew peptide materials kill bacteria instantly, it's unlikely thatgerms will get a chance to develop resistance against the medication. Another major advantage of the new peptides is their simplicity. In contrast to antibiotics, which must perform the complicated task of penetrating bacteria and interfering wi...

UCSF Study Finds No Association Between Hair Dye And Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

...ults of our study indicate that hair dye use is an unlikely risk factorfor non-Hodgkins lymphoma and this should prompt researchers to focus on otheretiological clues associated with lymphoma such as medical history, diet,exercise, lifestyle and perhaps occupation," Holly said. Besides investigating the asso...

Experimental Therapy Makes HIV-Infected Cells Commit Suicide

...eauty of the protein fusion approach is that it is unlikely to be sabotaged by viral mutations," he says. "HIV...ncer cells. Removing prostate cells one by one is unlikely to cause the side effects of current treatments for prostate cancer, Dowdy says....

Fossil Eggshells Hold Clues To Major Animal Extinctions As Reported In Science

... also a time of moderate climate change, making it unlikely that climateplayed a role in Genyornis ' extinction. The authors bolstered this conclusion bycomparing eggshell data (which spanned 50,000 years of Genyornis presence inancient Australia) collected from different regions with distinct climates. It...

Rare Fossil Shows Dinosaurs As Fast, Dangerous

...researchers said, and theycontinue to believe it's unlikely that birds could have evolved from any knowndinosaurs. The fossil also showed none of the types of nasal "turbinates" thatprevious OSU research has linked to nearly all warm-blooded animals. The only living animals that have a lung structure ...

An Expedition Of Genetic Proportions Leads Duke Researcher To A New Culprit In Lung Cancer Metastasis

...rmined from a tumor biopsy or surgery, since it is unlikely that enoughcancer cells would appear in the blood to allow a simple blood test. While using RRM1 to adjust treatment decisions is in the distant future, Beplersaid, a closer goal may prove to be even more important. The gene, he said,could "make a ...

Should Great Apes Be Given Legal Rights?

...personalities. Legal rights for rats is an unlikely outcome, says philosopher PeterSinger of Monash University in Melbourne, who helped set up the Great ApeProject. But he predicts there will be a gradual broadening of the "sphere ofmoral concern" to include first all the great apes, and then perhaps ...

Dietary Vitamin A Supplements Improve Maternal Survival In South Asia

...l, and medical factors,the researchers believed it unlikely that factors other than the dietarysupplements could have influenced maternal mortality to this degree. Althoughinformation on causes of death was inconclusive, the evidence suggested thatfewer deaths from infection may have occurred in the vitamin A...

Solution To Bison-Cattle Conflict In Yellowstone

...than those in Yellowstone. These highdensities are unlikely to occur in the wild, says Berger....

Study Bolsters Theory Of Plant Nutrients Trapped In Soil

... suchas bacteria would be unlikely to release the nitrogen innature. He added that this process may be the same one thatcan cause farmland to lose its fertility over time. Farmers regularly fertilize with nitr...

The Sagan criteria for life revisited

...ed most astrobiologists concur that Callisto is an unlikely abode for life. But even if Callisto was wet an...em. Organic compounds have been discovered in some unlikely -- and almost certainly lifeless -- places, including amino acids in meteorites, organic molecules i...

USGS study casts doubt on role of fire suppression in causing catastrophic shrubland wildfires

...in the hope of managing these wind-driven fires is unlikely tostop catastrophic fires....

Target for cystic fibrosis drugs found

...t protein. In work yet to be published, Ko used an unlikely molecule -- heavy water --to fix the mutant CFTR fragment. The heavy water acts like an extra set ofhands on the bed sheet and folds the defective fragment into the samehelical shape as its normal counterparts. And while heavy water is unlikelyto hel...

Blocking VEGF can enhance radiation therapy

...in and similar agents, mostscientists suspect it's unlikely that, by themselves, these new drugs will havea very dramatic effect on most types of cancer," said Ralph Weichselbaum, M.D.,professor and chairman of radiation oncology at the University of Chicago anddirector of the study. "But we have long been ce...

Growth factor may determine who grows new blood vessels that protect against heart attacks

...findings, physicians could easilyidentify patients unlikely to grow collateral arteries on their own. Suchpeople would be expected to do poorly with currently available medical therapiesand be the most likely to benefit from gene therapy or growth factor therapy,says Levy. "This would allow us to develop ora...

Children are at greatest risk of eye damage during the eclipse

...en designed in a single size to fit all, which are unlikely to fit children's faces properly. Reiterating warnings from the Department of Health, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the College of Optometrists, the author suggests that the safest way to witness the eclipse is by indirect methods, such ...

Rescuing brain cells in stroke patients from the brink of suicide

...University of Rochesterscientists have enlisted an unlikely ally: the herpes virus. In an articlepublished August 15 in the Journal of Neuroscience, the team announces a seriesof experiments where it used the virus to modify brain cells from mice, makingthe cells more resistant to death after a stroke. Like p...

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