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Mini synthetic organism instead of test animals

In medical research, animal-based experiments have thus far been a necessary evil. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a highly promising alternative, however: They are developing a mini-organism inside a chip. This way, ...

dateFeb 02, 2015 in Biochemistry
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Starving honey bees lose self-control

A study in the journal of the Royal Society Biology Letters has found that starving bees lose their self-control and act impulsively, choosing small immediate rewards over waiting for larger rewards.

dateJan 29, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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More arginine yields little growth effect

While additional arginine increases muscle mass and reduces visceral fat in pigs and rodents, the same additive does not induce faster growth in farmed salmon. Still, the amino acid may benefit salmon health in other ways.

dateJan 09, 2015 in Ecology
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Bacteria 'factories' churn out valuable chemicals

A team of researchers led by Harvard geneticist George Church at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has made big strides toward a future in which the predominant chemical ...

dateDec 30, 2014 in Biotechnology
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