News of Science

Electricity from the Marshes

16.5.2013   |   News of Science

An unexpected source of new, clean energy has been found: the Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell that can generate electricity from the natural interaction between living plant roots and soil bacteria. The technique already works on a small scale and will soon be applied in larger marshland areas throughout the world.


Genetic Predisposition Could Lead To Laziness

6.5.2013   |   News of Science

Studies show 97 percent of American adults get less than 30 minutes of exercise a day, which is the minimum recommended amount based on federal guidelines. New research from the University of Missouri suggests certain genetic traits may predispose people to being more or less motivated to exercise and remain active.


Failures In Chromosome Protection Linked To Cancer For The First Time

8.4.2013   |   News of Science

Medical News Today 21 March 2013: A study published in the journal Nature Genetics explores a new mechanism that may contribute to the development of several tumours, including Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia, a type of cancer that affects more than a thousand new patients in Spain each year.


Biofuel Waste Product Recycled for Electricity

3.4.2013   |   News of Science

A by-product of biofuel manufacture can power microbial fuel cells to generate electricity cheaply and efficiently, according to scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn Conference. The work could help develop self-powered devices that would depollute waste water and be used to survey weather in extreme...


Fungi May Be Able to Replace Plastics One Day

25.3.2013   |   News of Science

Fungi, with the exception of shitake and certain other mushrooms, tend to be something we associate with moldy bread or dank-smelling mildew. But they really deserve more respect. Fungi have fantastic capabilities and can be grown, under certain circumstances, in almost any shape and be totally biodegradable.


In Both Humans And Dogs, The Same Genetic Defect Causes Pompe Disease

21.3.2013   |   News of Science

Pompe disease, a severe glycogen storage disease appearing in Lapphunds is caused by a genetic defect in acid ?-glucosidase gene. The same genetic mutation also causes the equivalent disease in humans. Based on this finding, canine Pompe disease can now be diagnosed with a genetic test.


Cheap and easy technique to snip DNA could revolutionize gene therapy

18.3.2013   |   News of Science

BERKELEY, January 7, 2013 — A simple, precise and inexpensive method for cutting DNA to insert genes into human cells could transform genetic medicine, making routine what now are expensive, complicated and rare procedures for replacing defective genes in order to fix genetic disease or even cure AIDS.


Son\'s DNA found inside mother\'s brain

11.3.2013   |   News of Science

Mothers always have their children in the back of their minds – now it seems that this is quite literally true. Fetal DNA can enter a mother's brain and remain there for decades, according to autopsies of female brains.


Sexual Reproduction And Clues To Chromosome Crossovers

7.3.2013   |   News of Science

Neil Hunter's laboratory in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences has placed another piece in the puzzle of how sexual reproduction shuffles genes while making sure sperm and eggs get the right number of chromosomes.


Researchers find intestinal bacteria create phages for use as weapons

4.3.2013   |   News of Science October 9, 2012: Researchers at the University of Texas have found that a certain type of bacteria that lives in the mammalian gut creates a virus to kill off competitors. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team says their discovery came about purely by accident.


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