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Oetzi's 'non-human' DNA

Oetzi's human genome was decoded from a hip bone sample taken from the 5,300 year old mummy. However the tiny sample weighing no more than 0.1 g provides so much more information. A team of scientists from EURAC in Bolzano ...

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A-maize-ing double life of a genome

Early maize farmers selected for genes that improved the harvesting of sunlight, a new detailed study of how plants use 'doubles' of their genomes reveals. The findings could help current efforts to improve ...

Jul 14, 2014 4.5 / 5 (4) 0

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Flower development in 3D: Timing is the key

In close collaboration with Jürg Schönenberger and Yannick Städler from the Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research of the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, 14 developmental stages ...

Head formation of clawed frog embryos

On July 9, 2014, Dr. Yuuri Yasuoka in the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University's Marine Genomics Unit, published a research paper explaining a key mechanism in formation of ...

Novel gene for salt tolerance found in wild soybean

A team of researchers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, BGI and other institutes have identified a gene of wild soybean linked to salt tolerance, with implication for improving this important crop to grow in saline ...

Lower chlorophyll to boost wheat yields

Almost five decades ago, a plant breeder proved that the tiny brassica Arabidopsis thaliana has higher overall leaf growth when it produces less chlorophyll.

Fermi finds a 'transformer' pulsar

Controlling childbirth pain tied to lower depression risk

Creating optical cables out of thin air

Short circuit in the food web

They are amongst the most numerous inhabitants of the sea: tiny haptophytes of the type Emiliania huxleyi. Not visible to the naked eye, when they are in bloom in spring, they form square kilometer sized patches, they are ...

Turning down the heat

A new pepper variety has been developed with a high capsinoid content to make it less pungent while maintaining all the natural health benefits of the fruit, according to researchers with the U.S. Department ...

Improving commerical viability of biofuels

(Phys.org) —A University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering professor is one of the authors of a paper recently published in Science that outlines ways companies can commercialize and profit from what w ...

Boosting the force of empty space

Has Antarctic sea ice expansion been overestimated?

Study reveals nervous system's role in asthma attacks

'Comb on a chip' powers new atomic clock design

Antarctic lakes theory dries up

A new multi-bit 'spin' for MRAM storage

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