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UF study advances 'DNA revolution,' tells butterflies' evolutionary history

7/31/2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- By tracing nearly 3,000 genes to the earliest common ancestor of butterflies and moths, University of Florida scientists have created an extensive "Tree of Lepidoptera" in the first study to use large-scale, next-generation DNA sequencing. Among the study's more... [Comments]UF study advances 'DNA revolution,' tells butterflies' evolutionary history

NYU research looks to combat US Latina immigrant obesity

7/31/2014
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos are the largest minority group in the United States, comprising 16.7% of the population. Approximately one-third of Latinos are obese and are 1.2 times as likely to be obese compared to non-Hispanic Whites. NYU College of Nursing student researcher Lauren Gerchow, BSN, RN, MSN candidate, has sought to identify the factors that contribute to th... [Comments]

Stanford professor finds that wildfires and other burns play bigger role in climate change

7/31/2014
It has long been known that biomass burning burning forests to create agricultural lands, burning savannah as a ritual , slash-and-burn agriculture and wildfires figures into both climate change and public health. But until the release of a new study by Stanford University Civil and... [Comments]Stanford professor finds that wildfires and other burns play bigger role in climate change

Study of twins discovers gene mutation linked to short sleep duration

7/31/2014
DARIEN, IL Researchers who studied 100 twin pairs have identified a gene mutation that may allow the carrier to function normally on less than six hours of sleep per night. The genetic variant also appears to provide greater resistance to the effects of sleep deprivation. Results show that a participant with p.Tyr362His a variant of the BHLHE41 gene had an average nightly sleep duratio... [Comments]

Sustained efficacy, immunogenicity, and safety for GlaxoSmithKline's HPV vaccine

7/31/2014
A long-term follow-up study (HPV-023; NCT00518336) shows the sustained efficacy, immunogenicity and safety of GlaxoSmithKline's human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine Cervarix. Women vaccinated with the HPV-16/18 AS04-adjuvanted vaccine were followed for more than nine years, and vaccine efficacy (VE) against incident infection was 100%. This is the longest follow-up report for a licensed HPV vac... [Comments]

NIST corrosion lab tests suggest need for underground gas tank retrofits

7/31/2014
A hidden hazard lurks beneath many of the roughly 156,000 gas stations across the United States. The hazard is corrosion in parts of underground gas storage tankscorrosion that could result in failures, leaks and contamination of groundwater, a source of drinking water. In recent years, f... [Comments]NIST corrosion lab tests suggest need for underground gas tank retrofits

Study finds benefits to burning Flint Hills prairie in fall and winter

7/31/2014
MANHATTAN Kansas State University researchers have completed a 20-year study that looks at the consequences of burning Flint Hills prairie at different times of the year. It finds that burning outside of the current late spring time frame has no measurable negative consequences for the prai... [Comments]Study finds benefits to burning Flint Hills prairie in fall and winter

Oldest rove beetle in the Omaliini tribe found in French amber

7/31/2014
An international team of scientists from Spain, France, and the U.S. has discovered and described a rove beetle that is the oldest definitive member of the tribe Omaliini that has ever been found in amber. The discovery and description were made possible through the use of the propagation ph... [Comments]Oldest rove beetle in the Omaliini tribe found in French amber

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Research on Digital Health, Alzheimer's, Ebola Draws Nearly 20,000 Attendees to 2014 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo

7/31/2014
CHICAGO , July 31, 2014 Nearly 20,000 medical professionals and healthcare leaders gathered for AACC's 65 th Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Chicago from July 27–31. The meeting featured never-before-seen breakthroughs in diagnostic research and technology that will advance medicine and get patients the treatment they need. As of Wednesday, Ju... [Comments]

Key to aging immune system is discovered

7/31/2014
There's a good reason people over 60 are not donor candidates for bone marrow transplantation. The immune system ages and weakens with time, making the elderly prone to life-threatening infection and other maladies, and a UC San Francisco research team now has discovered a reason why. "We ha... [Comments]Key to aging immune system is discovered

A mathematical theory proposed by Alan Turing in 1952 can explain the formation of fingers

7/31/2014
Alan Turing, the British mathematician (1912-1954), is famous for a number of breakthroughs, which altered the course of the 20th century. In 1936 he published a paper, which laid the foundation of computer science, providing the first formal concept of a computer algorithm. He next played a piv... [Comments]A mathematical theory proposed by Alan Turing in 1952 can explain the formation of fingers

See-through organs and bodies will accelerate biomedical discoveries

7/31/2014
The ability to see through organs and even the entire body to visualize long-range connections between cells as well as fine-grained cellular structures has been a long-time dream of biologists. A study published by Cell Press July 31st in the journal Cell has now made that dream a reality,... [Comments]See-through organs and bodies will accelerate biomedical discoveries

New mapping approach lets scientists zoom in and out as the brain processes sound

7/31/2014
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have mapped the sound-processing part of the mouse brain in a way that keeps both the proverbial forest and the trees in view. Their imaging technique allows zooming in and out on views of brain activity within mice, and it enabled the team to watch brain cells l... [Comments]New mapping approach lets scientists zoom in and out as the brain processes sound

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