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  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Dance Macabre: Will 14th Century Remains Reveal the Pandemic Secrets of the Black Death?

by Sara Klink in Promega Connections

Another group of researchers decided to further analyze the causative agent of the Black Plague by enriching for and sequencing one of the extrachromasomal plasmids present in the bacterial genome: the 9.6kb virulence-associated pPCP1 plasmid.

The recently published research in the Proceedings of the National Association of Science USA chose to use samples from East Smithfield (ES) cemetery in London, England, a burial ground that was established during the medieval Black Death pandemic of 13........ Read more »

Schuenemann VJ, Bos K, Dewitte S, Schmedes S, Jamieson J, Mittnik A, Forrest S, Coombes BK, Wood JW, Earn DJ.... (2011) From the Cover: Targeted enrichment of ancient pathogens yielding the pPCP1 plasmid of Yersinia pestis from victims of the Black Death. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(38). PMID: 21876176  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM


by xxx in Anole Annals

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Kirsten E. Nicholson and Paul M. Richards. (2011) Home-range size and overlap within an introduced population of the Cuban Knight Anole, Anolis equestris (Squamata: Iguanidae). Phyllomedusa, 10(1), 65-73. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

More on the viruses inside us: retrotransposons

by EE Giorgi in CHIMERAS

Retrotransposons... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Babies Are Healthier When There Is a Dog at Home: Research

by United Academics in United Academics

New research published in Pediatrics suggests that children living with a dog are significantly healthier than those living without it. The researchers followed up 397 Finnish children, asking their parents to fill in weekly questionnaires about their health until they were 1 year old. Scientists believe that this is so because dog contact helps the babies build up their immune system.... Read more »

Eija Bergroth, Sami Remes, Juha Pekkanen, Timo Kauppila, Gisela Büchele, & Leea Keski-Nisula. (2012) Respiratory Tract Illnesses During the First Year of Life: Effect of Dog and Cat Contacts. Pediatrics. info:/10.1542/peds.2011-2825

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

“Survival of the funkiest”, or how to evolve a hit song?

by Michael Czaplinski in Inside the Black Box

Evolving "loops", which are short musical pieces become more attractive under selective pressure from listeners. Some interesting phenomena occur!... Read more »

Robert M. MacCallum, Matthias Mauch, Austin Burt, & Armand M. Leroi. (2012) Evolution of Music by Public Choice. PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1203182109  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Not happy with expression in E.coli? Time for change.

by Dave Dilyx in Protein Solubility Blog

Sometimes all attempts to optimize the heterologous protein expression your protein aggregates during purification or, even worse, remains stubbornly insoluble. Or may be you just need milligrams of an eukaryotic protein, fast and don’t have time to play around with conditions and E.coli strains. Then it’s time to consider alternative expression systems, closer to the eukaryotic home of your protein.... Read more »

van Ooyen AJ, Dekker P, Huang M, Olsthoorn MM, Jacobs DI, Colussi PA, & Taron CH. (2006) Heterologous protein production in the yeast Kluyveromyces lactis. FEMS yeast research, 6(3), 381-92. PMID: 16630278  

Carlson, E., Gan, R., Hodgman, C., & Jewett, M. (2012) Cell-free protein synthesis: Applications come of age. Biotechnology Advances, 30(5), 1185-1194. DOI: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2011.09.016  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

The Australian Turtle Frog

by beredim in Strange Animals

The turtle frog is a strange animal from western australia. Named after their turtle-like body, the species feeds exclusively on termites.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

2014: The Year in Science

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

The year in review: innovative discoveries and progress in all different fields of science. [Infographic]... Read more »

Qiu, X., Wong, G., Audet, J., Bello, A., Fernando, L., Alimonti, J., Fausther-Bovendo, H., Wei, H., Aviles, J., Hiatt, E.... (2014) Reversion of advanced Ebola virus disease in nonhuman primates with ZMapp. Nature, 514(7520), 47-53. DOI: 10.1038/nature13777  

Obokata, H., Wakayama, T., Sasai, Y., Kojima, K., Vacanti, M., Niwa, H., Yamato, M., & Vacanti, C. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-647. DOI: 10.1038/nature12968  

Quintana, E., Barclay, T., Raymond, S., Rowe, J., Bolmont, E., Caldwell, D., Howell, S., Kane, S., Huber, D., Crepp, J.... (2014) An Earth-Sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Cool Star. Science, 344(6181), 277-280. DOI: 10.1126/science.1249403  

A.K. Geim, & K. S. Novoselov. (2010) The rise and rise of graphene. Nature Nanotechnology, 5(11), 755-755. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2010.224  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

How to make rice better for you and the environment

by Betty Zou in Eat, Read, Science

An innovative way of rice preparation that removes more arsenic than the conventional method of cooking and a new strain of high-starch, low-methane rice are discussed.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Ultrasound might increase autism severity

by vitul in Think, Ask and Resolve

According to a study by University of Washington researchers, diagnostic ultrasound in the first trimester of pregnancy is linked to increased autism severity in the child.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Robotic researcher to the rescue

by kylius wilkins in It Ain't Magic

Masaki Watabe talks about automated robotic researchers, future robot rule, and scientific philosophy.... Read more »

Watabe, M., Arjunan, S., Fukushima, S., Iwamoto, K., Kozuka, J., Matsuoka, S., Shindo, Y., Ueda, M., & Takahashi, K. (2015) A Computational Framework for Bioimaging Simulation. PLOS ONE, 10(7). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130089  

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