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11 Jun 2017
Two proteins produced by a single gene interact to keep the genome in check
A changing climate affects plankton populations
11 Jun 2017
Data from a global oceanographic expedition predict how rising temperatures influence growth of plankton populations.
The complete skeleton of Nipponosaurus sachalinensis kept at the Hokkaido University Museum
09 Jun 2017
Nipponosaurus sachalinensis - a controversial hadrosaurid dinosaur whose fossilized skeleton was unearthed in southern Sakhalin in 1934 - is found to be a valid taxon and a juvenile that had not reached sexual maturity.
The hidden order in DNA diffusion
07 Jun 2017
The movement of DNA molecules seemingly explained by random motion conceals a more orderly march.
The bones of the dinosaur Mukawaryu which have been cleaned so far. These likely represent more than half of the bones the dinosaur had.
06 Jun 2017
The complete skeleton of an 8-meter-long dinosaur has been unearthed from marine deposits dating back 72 million years at Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, making it the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Japan, according to researchers.
Dalmatian on Drosophila Chromosomes
01 Jun 2017
Researchers at Nagoya University have identified combined function for Drosophila protein in launching and maintaining a process enabling chromatids to pair during DNA replication.
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30 May 2017
A new tool enables identification of high-end caviar from Beluga sturgeons by analyzing DNA from a single caviar, a development that helps ensure the fair international trade of caviar and contributes to conservation of the species in the wild.
29 May 2017
KAIST Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering was elected as a foreign associate to the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on May 2.
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26 May 2017
Tohoku University researchers and their international collaborators have identified a possible genetic mechanism underlying the evolution of birds, according to a recently published study in Nature Communications.
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23 May 2017
Researchers in Hong Kong have assembled the 1.64 gigabytes genome of a deep-sea mussel. The discovery gives wider insights into future research on the mechanisms of symbiosis in other marine organisms such as giant tubeworms and giant clams.
Ant species Myrmica kotokui marked with colors
17 May 2017
Understanding how ant colonies make collective decisions could provide insight into the functioning of the human brain.
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16 May 2017
Scientists in Japan have designed a synthetic molecule that gives new insight into how a destructive weed might be detecting its host crops.
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15 May 2017
Biologists in Japan use the near-weightless environment on the International Space Station to study the influence of gravity on plant growth phenomena.
Transformed cells
15 May 2017
A new study shows cells in the initial stage of cancer change their metabolism before getting eliminated by the surrounding normal cells, providing a novel target for developing cancer prevention drugs.
Interdisciplinarity helps unravel the protein puzzle
08 May 2017
The work of a small group specializing in demystifying proteins is having far-reaching effects.
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01 May 2017
A new biological sensor can detect glucose levels in saliva more accurately and cost-efficiently than the conventional blood test.
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01 May 2017
Careful marine management and stricter fishing laws could enable Saudi Arabia’s coral reefs to thrive.
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28 Apr 2017
Genetic studies on Malaysia’s Orang Asli peoples could lead to tailored medical advice that is more appropriate for their unique makeup.
Augmented reality at your fingertips
25 Apr 2017
A new tool uses genetic and clinical information to find the root cause of unexplained illnesses.
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25 Apr 2017
A new study, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), developed a new technique to understand the correct architectures of IMM proteins, using special chemical tools.
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24 Apr 2017
Scientists have developed new fluorescent probes that prove the existence of cell membrane structures called ‘lipid rafts’, allowing researchers to study how toxins and viruses invade cells.
Voltage rhythms (top left) were synchronized throughout the SCN while calcium rhythms (top right) were specific to regions within the tissue. This resulted in a phase difference between voltage and calcium rhythms in the dorsal region (bottom right) while the two rhythms were in phase in the ventral region (bottom left).
24 Apr 2017
Cells in the brain’s master circadian clock synchronize voltage rhythms despite asynchronous calcium rhythms, which might explain how a tissue-wide rhythm is maintained.
Fertilization in plants.
21 Apr 2017
Discovery of parental factors that lead to asymmetric division of the zygote.
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20 Apr 2017
Asexual reproduction increases when female cockroaches are housed as a group, not alone, enabling them to maintain a colony for at least three years without a male’s contribution.
18 Apr 2017
An algorithm that prioritizes gene variants with their likelihood of involvement in human disease.
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17 Apr 2017
Java sparrows are more likely to mate after dancing together, according to a study from Hokkaido University, contradictory to the belief that songs are the primary sexual signal.
Stressed dinoflagellates rewrite their genes during transcription.
16 Apr 2017
Dinoflagellates cope with stress by editing their genes rather than changing expression, show researchers at KAUST.

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