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Northwestern-UIUC researchers launch Illinois’ new twins registry

Northwestern-UIUC scientists have created the Illinois Twins Project (ITP). This is designed to be the first- database to function as scientific resource for scientists exploring how genes and environment influence twins and multiples.

Teaching CRISPR and antibiotic resistance to high school students

BioBits Health have developed a new hands-on, low-cost, high-technology synthetic biology kit for use in the classroom. A pilot study has recently been completed in Chicago and he kits are now ready for wider roll-out.

Reality TV: Camera-toting sharks hunt seals in kelp forests

Paris - Great white sharks fitted with cameras on their dorsal fins have been filmed for the first time stalking prey in dense kelp forests long thought to be no-go zones for the top-level predators.

Op-Ed: Bacteria that ‘eat and breathe’ electricity in Yellowstone

Pullman - One thing about modern science: It keeps finding new useful things. The most recent discovery is bacteria that can “breathe” electricity through solid carbon anodes — and could even produce electricity sufficient for lower power applications.

Chilean Patagonia: an open-air lab to study climate change

Punta Arenas - In one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile's Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and algae in order to help predict how climate change will affect the world's oceans.

Cooler temperatures may affect lifespan

Do cooler temperatures alter lifespan of an animal? This question does not appear to have a general answer and is instead linked to the genes of an organism,

Q&A: Making the patient a key part of the treatment Special

In contrast to traditional therapeutics, personalized cell therapies often make the patient a key part of the treatment. Vineti, Inc. and Tessa Therapeutics are partnering to change the way personalized therapies are developed, in Asia.

Essential Science: AI aids automatic monitoring of cells

Artificial intelligence is reshaping many aspects of business and society. It is also impacting in the sciences. Researchers have demonstrated how AI can aid the automatic monitoring of single molecules in cells.

Climate change cited in dwindling of Puerto Rico insects

Washington - After bees and birds, insects and other arthropods have also suffered massive losses, a study from a Puerto Rico forest published on Monday showed, citing the impact of climate change.

Advanced optical imaging provides new cellular insights

A new combination of two microscope technologies has provided scientists with a new insight into the biological processes occurring inside all living cells. This enables particles near the membrane of human cells, for example, to be better visualized.

Microplastics may enter foodchain through mosquitoes

Paris - Mosquito larvae have been observed ingesting microplastics that can be passed up the food chain, researchers said Wednesday, potentially uncovering a new way that the polluting particles could damage the environment.

'Major transformation' ahead for Earth's ecosystems: study

Tampa - The Earth's forests, deserts, landscapes and vital ecosystems risk a "major transformation" in the next century due to climate change, international scientists warned on Thursday.

Big deal for AI-powered longevity biotechnology

New technologies, backed by investors seeing market growth, are paving the way for new biotechnology research into age related diseases. These diseases can be tackled by reducing the signs and symptoms of aging. One example is a new startup, called Napa.

Treating lethal fungal infections by starving fungi

A new study shows how starving fungi could save millions of lives each year. Scientists have discovered a new approach to treating lethal fungal infections, which has the potential to save millions of lives each year.

Citizen science for Alzheimer’s research gets 10,000th volunteer

The BrightFocus Foundation has announced that EyesOnALZ, the first-ever crowdsourced project to engage the public in Alzheimer’s research, has achieved a major milestone by exceeding 10,000 citizen scientists.

Op-Ed: Think first before giving away your DNA

DNA sequencing has become cheap and accessible, resulting in biotech companies generating large databases of genetic material. It is time to think about what happens to your data.

100 million-year-old spider with a tail found trapped in amber

Paris - Two teams of scientists on Monday unveiled a "missing-link" species of spider with a scorpion-like tail found perfectly preserved in amber in Southeast Asia's forests after at least 100 million years.

Printing 3D structures with living cells

Researchers have devised a novel method for printing living cells, based on a technique called in-air microfluidics. The method could add with regenerative surgery.

Fish sex so loud it could deafen dolphins

Paris - A species of Mexican fish amasses in reproductive orgies so loud they can deafen other sea animals, awed scientists said Wednesday, calling for preservation of the "spectacle" threatened by overfishing.

Scientists confirm 3.5 billion-yr-old fossil life in rock

Miami - It took more than 10 years of painstaking work, grinding an Australian rock containing fossils smaller than the eye could see, to confirm the earliest direct evidence of life on Earth, scientists said Monday.The 3.

Essential Science: Sequencing Rudolph’s Genome

A seasonal science column this week: Chinese scientists have successfully sequenced and analyzed the genome of Rangifer tarandus (reindeer), which is the only domesticated species in the deer family Cervidae.

Building smarter computers based on biology

To develop truly ‘smart’ computers, researchers have been looking to biological systems for inspiration. A particular focus is within the way the human rain retains and processes information.

Catch a whiff of this: scientists decode durian DNA

Paris - Once described by a detractor as smelling of "turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock", southeast Asia's durian fruit leaves no-one unmoved -- you either adore or abhor it.

'Extinct' giant tortoise to be bred in captivity

Quito - A species of Galapagos giant tortoise thought to have been made extinct 150 years ago will be bred in captivity, officials said, after DNA studies showed specimens discovered in the last decade shared similar genetic makeup.

The secret life of dodos, revealed

Paris - Has any animal suffered greater ignominy than the ill-fated dodo?"A strange and grotesque specimen of bird... bearing a ridiculous bent bill," was the verdict of early 17th century Dutch admiral and explorer Wybrand van Warwijck.

Naturalist David Attenborough earns his wings

Paris - David Attenborough finally earned his wings Wednesday after scientists named a 100-million-year-old damselfly after the veteran British broadcaster and naturalist.

Essential Science: First genome-wide cancer map produced

An interesting new map shows over 760 genetic dependencies across multiple cancers. The map suggests new opportunities for developing innovative cancer treatments for scientists and start-up biotech.

Is there a biological explanation for schizophrenia?

Unusual research suggests there may be a biological basis to certain forms of schizophrenia. Here researchers injected cells from schizophrenia patients into mice to observe the results.

DNA as a data storage medium: Progress and challenges

Advances are being made with storing digitized data on DNA (both natural and synthetic). This is set to become huge in terms of a 'permanent' data storage solution.

Read how 3D printing can save your life

Developments with 3D printing technology continue to advance and the technology is making strong inroads into the medical and biotechnology sectors. We take a look at three recent innovations.
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