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LabQuiz: Good Westerns Gone Bad

Despite the best of intentions, sometimes a Western blot goes bad. When that happens, you can cry into your blocking buffer (not recommended), or you can interpret the signs your Western is sending and address them! Can you read between the bands and determine where these blots went bad?   Continue reading ...

Ocean Acidification Affects Fish Spawning

Researchers report the first evidence that acidified waters alter the ocellated wrasse’s reproductive behavior in the wild. Continue reading ...

Increasing ocean acidity could impact fish spawning

A new study suggests that the increasing acidification of the oceans is likely to interfere with the ability of fish to reproduce. Continue reading ...

Peruvian fishermen rescue baby whale from net

Fishermen in the Piura region of Peru have rescued an exhausted whale calf that had become trapped in a net. Continue reading ...

How have Dolly the Sheep’s ‘siblings’ fared?

The prospect of using cloning to treat humans has been boosted by new evidence suggests that it can be used safely in animals. Continue reading ...

Zika Update

Researchers in Brazil ponder whether virus alone causes birth defects; Colombia declares epidemic over; first Zika-related microcephaly case reported in Europe Continue reading ...

Research tracks interplay of genes and environment on physical, educational outcomes

Over the course of the 20th century, genes began to play a greater role in the height and body mass index (BMI) of Americans, while their significance decreased in educational outcomes and occurrence of heart disease. Continue reading ...

New evidence: How amino acid cysteine combats Huntington’s disease

Researchers have reported they have identified a biochemical pathway linking oxidative stress and the amino acid cysteine in Huntington's disease. Continue reading ...

Medicaid expansion increased Medicaid enrollment among liver transplant recipients

Researchers have found that Medicaid expansion increased Medicaid enrollment among people who received liver transplants funded by commercial insurance. Continue reading ...

New model is first to predict tree growth in earliest stages of tree life

A new statistical model has been created that accurately predicts tree growth from when they are first planted until they reach crown closure. Continue reading ...

Genome-editing ‘toolbox’ targets multiple genes at once

Scientists have designed a system to modify, or edit, multiple genes in the genome simultaneously, while also minimizing unintended effects. The gene-editing 'toolbox' provides a user-friendly solution that scientists can apply to research on cancer and other disciplines, the researchers said. Continue reading ...

Fermenting carbon monoxide into biofuel

Biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the biofuel ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide -- a common industrial waste gas. Continue reading ...

Study in mice suggests stem cells could ward off glaucoma

An infusion of stem cells could help restore proper drainage for fluid-clogged eyes at risk for glaucoma, suggests a new mouse study. Continue reading ...

Health insurance coverage is associated with lower odds of alcohol use by pregnant women

Researchers have studied the relationship between health insurance coverage and tobacco and alcohol use among reproductive age women in the US, and whether there were differences according to pregnancy status. The findings showed that pregnant women with insurance coverage had lower odds of alcohol use in the past month; however the odds of tobacco use were not affected. For non-pregnant women, insurance coverage resulted in higher odds of alcohol use but lower odds of using tobacco. Continue reading ...

Nanoparticles used to break up plaque and prevent cavities

The bacteria that live in dental plaque and contribute to tooth decay often resist traditional antimicrobial treatment, as they can 'hide' within a sticky biofilm matrix, a glue-like polymer scaffold. A new strategy took a more sophisticated approach. Continue reading ...

Dirty to drinkable: Novel hybrid nanomaterials quickly transform water

A team of engineers has found a way to use graphene oxide sheets to transform dirty water into drinking water, and it could be a global game-changer. Continue reading ...

Repeated experiences of racism most damaging to mental health

For the first time, research reveals how harmful repeated racial discrimination can be on mental and physical health. The study looked at the accumulation of experiences of racial attacks over time including being shouted at, being physically attacked, avoiding a place, or feeling unsafe because of one's ethnicity. Continue reading ...

Rainforest greener during ‘dry’ season

At 2.7 million square miles, the Amazon Jungle is the world's largest rainforest. Researchers now believe the rainforest has different levels of photosynthesis, with more during the dry season. They report that more extreme droughts due to climate change could negatively affect the rainforest's ability to sequester carbon through photosynthesis. Continue reading ...

Protein insights to help find heart disease cure

New insights into how the human genome gets through the daily grind with the help of RNA-binding proteins has been uncovered in a discovery that could ultimately lead to a cure for heart disease. Continue reading ...

New genetics clues into motor neuron disease

Researchers have contributed to the discovery of three new genes which increase the risk of motor neuron disease, opening the door for targeted treatments. Continue reading ...

Morel mushroom abundance after wildfire

Forest ecologists recently published research estimating the abundance of morel mushrooms after a wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada. Continue reading ...

Hospital data helps predict risk of pneumonia after heart surgery

A new risk model could help patients avoid a common post-surgical complication, reports a new article. The new preoperative risk model is designed to guide clinical decision-making and physician-patient conversations about regimens to pursue before an operation so patients can avoid pneumonia later. Continue reading ...

Pixel-array quantum cascade detector paves the way for portable thermal imaging devices

Researchers have developed a new 'cooler' sensing instrument thereby increasing energy, efficiency and enhancing mobility for diagnostic testing. The new portable, field-friendly, mid-infrared detector operates at room temperature. Continue reading ...

NASA team begins testing of a ‘new-fangled’ optic

t's an age-old astronomical truth: To resolve smaller and smaller physical details of distant celestial objects, scientists need larger and larger light-collecting mirrors. This challenge is not easily overcome given the high cost and impracticality of building and -- in the case of space observatories -- launching large-aperture telescopes. Continue reading ...

Better defining the signals left by as-yet-undefined dark matter at the LHC

Physicists still don't exactly know what dark matter is. Indeed, they can only see its effect in the form of gravity. Now, the high energy physics community has developed a set of simplified models which retain the elegance of the traditional Effective Field Theories-style models yet provide a better description of the signals of dark matter. Continue reading ...

New species of beaked whale confirmed by DNA

Biologists have identified a rare new species of beaked whale that ranges from northern Japan across the Pacific Ocean to Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Continue reading ...

Overlooked benefit of successful healthy lifestyle programs: Improved quality-of-life

The value of a healthy lifestyle isn't only reflected by the numbers on the scale or the blood pressure cuff. Researchers have demonstrated that it can also be measured through improved 'health-related quality-of-life.' Continue reading ...

Improving Internet with mid-wavelength infrared

A novel phototransistor device could make the Internet faster and cheaper by replacing near-infrared wavelengths with mid-wavelength infrared, say scientists. Continue reading ...

Major new study provides important insights for effective treatment of heart failure with pEF

The number of patients hospitalized with HFpEF is now comparable to those with traditional heart failure with a reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and is projected to exceed that of HFrEF within the next few years. Therefore, it has become even more important to characterize the typical HFpEF patient and uncover factors that influence poor outcomes. In a new report published in the American Journal of Medicine, researchers analyzed over five million hospitalizations for acute heart failure, which provided much needed insights. Continue reading ...

Effective monitoring to evaluate ecological restoration in the Gulf of Mexico

To improve and ensure the efficacy of restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following Deepwater Horizon -- the largest oil spill in US history -- a new report recommends a set of best practices for monitoring and evaluating ecological restoration activities. Continue reading ...