Archive: 12/06/2013

Scientists engineer human stem cells

In an important scientific breakthrough in regenerative medicine, researchers at A*STAR's Genome Institute of Singapore have successfully converted human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) cultured in the laboratory to a state ...

Dec 06, 2013
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Cloning strong, high-quality forest trees

(Phys.org) —University of Georgia researchers are working to produce faster-growing sweetgum trees by growing embryogenic sweetgum cultures in bioreactors, computer-operated systems used for growing cells under controlled ...

Dec 06, 2013
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Benefits of mechanical grape crop thinning

Concord grape growers in western New York expanded the use of mechanical crop thinning techniques this season to maximize the value of an abundant harvest in what started as an uncertain year. By removing ...

Dec 06, 2013
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Ramping up pterostilbene in crops

A team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists has developed a way to boost production of a beneficial plant compound called pterostilbene.

Dec 06, 2013
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Brine linked to glacial health

(Phys.org) —A new NASA-led study has discovered an intriguing link between sea ice conditions and the melting rate of Totten Glacier, the glacier in East Antarctica that discharges the most ice into the ...

Dec 06, 2013
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Fighting foot-in-mouth disease

Proteins called interferons are among the latest weapons U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are using to combat foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). These proteins kill or stop viruses from growing ...

Dec 06, 2013
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Breeding hybrid catfish

In the catfish industry, it's well-known that hybrid catfish—a cross of the channel catfish with the blue catfish—generally have better growth, higher survival rates and better meat yield than purebred ...

Dec 06, 2013
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Squabbling meerkats make better decisions

Conflicting interests within a group can lead to better collective decisions – if you're a social animal such as a meerkat – according to new research by a team of biologists and political scientists ...

Dec 06, 2013
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