Archive: 12/6/2013

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 ...

dateDec 06, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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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 ...

dateDec 06, 2013 in Ecology
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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 ...

dateDec 06, 2013 in Ecology
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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 ...

dateDec 06, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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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 ...

dateDec 06, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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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 ...

dateDec 06, 2013 in Other
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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 ...

dateDec 06, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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