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Unlocking the secrets of gene expression: Scientists make major advance in understanding a basic process of life

Unlocking the secrets of gene expression: Scientists make major advance in understanding a basic process of life

TFIID (blue) as it contacts the DNA and recruits the polymerase (grey) for gene transcription. The start of the gene is shown with a flash of light. Credit: Eva Nogales/Berkeley Lab Your DNA governs more than just what color your eyes are and whether you can curl your tongue. Your genes contain instructions for making […]

Where did Australian cats come from?

Where did Australian cats come from?

  A feral cat in the Australian outback. Credit: Katrin Koch Researchers have found that cats in Australia are most likely descended from those brought by European settlers. Feral cats found on the islands surrounding Australia may represent founding populations from Europe, introduced in the 19th century, according to research published in open access journal […]

Neonicotinoid seed treatment has no immediate impact on bees in Finland

Neonicotinoid seed treatment has no immediate impact on bees in Finland

The Neomehi project studied the impact of seed treatments of turnip rape on bees under field conditions during the growing and winter seasons. Research conducted in Finland on neonicotinoid seed treatment has yielded different results from the studies on which the European Commission’s ban is based. In Finland, the residue levels are so low that […]

Slow path to recovery for southern right whales

Slow path to recovery for southern right whales

The first population assessment since the end of the whaling era reveals that New Zealand southern right whales have some way to go before numbers return to pre-industrial levels. Reporting this week in Royal Society Open Science scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the University of Auckland, Oregon State University and the University of St […]

Nature’s cheats—how animals and plants trick and deceive

Nature’s cheats—how animals and plants trick and deceive

The butterfly Kallima inachus resembles a dead leaf. Credit: Swallowtail Garden Seeds/flickr, CC BY As night closes in across Kentucky a small chubby spider makes a silk line between two plants. She then moves along her «trapeze wire» and waits. After a while a moth approaches within range, and the spider unleashes a swinging sticky […]

Scientist helps move structural biology into ‘big data’ era

Scientist helps move structural biology into ‘big data’ era

Enrico Di Cera, M.D., professor and chairman of the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at Saint Louis University. Credit: Saint Louis University In a recent paper published in Nature Communications, structural biologists detailed how a new data sharing consortium is helping scientists more quickly share and benefit from findings in their field. Enrico Di […]

Study provides new knowledge for managing tree-killing bark beetles

Study provides new knowledge for managing tree-killing bark beetles

The northward march of the southern pine beetle can’t be stopped by its main predator, but forest risks can be predicted and better managed with a simple, inexpensive monitoring program, according to a Dartmouth-led study. Credit: Dartmouth College Outbreaks of the southern pine beetle can’t be stopped by its main predator, but risks to forests […]

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