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Public Release: 27-Jan-2014
Biodiversity Data Journal
A new generation database to help ecological research on marine organisms
Integrated biological data readable and usable by both human and machines -- this is how an international team of scientists from the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research sees the future of biological research. In a data paper published in the next generation open-access journal Biodiversity Data Journal they present the Polytraits database that answers this challenge, as a part of a larger initiative led by the the Encyclopedia of Life.

Contact: Sarah Faulwetter
sarifa@hcmr.gr
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 27-Jan-2014
Cell Metabolism
Scientists find genetic mechanism linking aging to specific diets
In new research published this month in Cell Metabolism, USC scientists Sean Curran and Shanshan Pang identify a collection of genes that allow an organism to adapt to different diets and show that without them, even minor tweaks to diet can cause premature aging and death.
National Institutes of Health, Ellison Medical Foundation, American Federation of Aging

Contact: Robert Perkins
perkinsr@usc.edu
213-740-9226
University of Southern California

Public Release: 27-Jan-2014
JAX Genomic Medicine's Jeffrey Chuang, Ph.D., receives $519,750 grant for RNA studies
Jackson Laboratory Associate Professor Jeffrey Chuang, Ph.D., has been awarded a two-year grant totaling $519,750 from the National Human Genome Research Institute for his studies of how RNA (molecules vital to protein formation in cells) interacts with proteins to change how genes are expressed.
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute

Contact: Joyce Peterson
joyce.peterson@jax.org
207-288-6058
Jackson Laboratory

Public Release: 27-Jan-2014
ZooKeys
Unique specimen identifiers link 10 new species of ant directly to AntWeb
Scientists describe ten new species of the ant genus Temnothorax, doubling the number of known species of this group in California. What makes this discovery even more special is that each specimen record is linked to the AntWeb database by a unique identifier. This makes it easier to harvest the data by other on-line resources and repositories. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.

Contact: Marek L. Borowiec
mlborowiec@ucdavis.edu
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 23-Jan-2014
American Humane Association and TGen launch study of obsessive-compulsive behavior in dogs
American Humane Association announced a study partnership with the Translational Genomics Research Institute that seeks to uncover the genetic basis of obsessive-compulsive disorder in dogs. The research findings from this Canines, Kids and Autism study could also lead to clues about the origins of such behavior in children, especially the growing number of those with autism.
American Humane Association

Contact: Steve Yozwiak
syozwiak@tgen.org
602-343-8704
The Translational Genomics Research Institute

Public Release: 23-Jan-2014
Nature
Mitochondrial ribosome revealed
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have deciphered the structure of part of the ribosome found in mitochondria, the power plants of the cell. The scientists were able to benefit from advancements in the field of electron microscopy and capture images of the mitochondrial ribosome at a level of resolution never achieved before.
Swiss National Fund/National Center of Competence in Research Structural Biology

Contact: Nenad Ban
ban@mol.biol.ethz.ch
41-446-332-785
ETH Zurich

Public Release: 23-Jan-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Tracing unique cells with mathematics
Stem cells can turn into heart cells. Skin cells can mutate to cancer cells; even cells of the same tissue type exhibit small heterogeneities. Scientists use single-cell analyses to investigate these heterogeneities. But the method is still laborious, and considerable inaccuracies conceal smaller effects. Scientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, the Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen and the University of Virginia have now found a way to simplify and improve the analysis by mathematical methods.
National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, National Science Foundation, European Research Council, German Research Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service, Pew Scholars Program, and David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Contact: Andreas Battenberg
battenberg@zv.tum.de
49-892-891-0510
Technische Universitaet Muenchen

Public Release: 23-Jan-2014
Science
11,000-year-old living dog cancer reveals its secrets
A cancer normally lives and dies with a person; however, this is not the case with a sexually transmitted cancer in dogs. In a study published in Science, researchers have described the genome and evolution of this cancer that has continued living within the dog population for the past 11,000 years.

Contact: Aileen Sheehy
press.office@sanger.ac.uk
44-012-234-92368
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Public Release: 23-Jan-2014
Eurofins MWG Operon launches ion proton sequencing services with CSP certification
The leading NGS service company joins Life Technologies' global network of next generation-based exome sequencing provider.

Contact: Dr. Georg Gradl
georggradl@eurofins.com
49-809-282-89945
Eurofins Genomics

Public Release: 21-Jan-2014
Biology Letters
Hedges and edges help pigeons learn their way around
Homing pigeons' ability to remember routes depends on the complexity of the landscape below, with hedges and boundaries between urban and rural areas providing ideal landmarks for navigation. The Oxford University-led team released 31 pigeons from four sites around Oxford for an average of 20 flights each. They found that pigeons were better able to memorize flight paths when the landscape below was of a certain visual complexity, such as rural areas with hedgerows.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, European Research Council, Royal Society, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Contact: Oxford University News & Information Office
press.office@admin.ox.ac.uk
44-018-652-80532
University of Oxford

Public Release: 16-Jan-2014
Scientific Reports
Understanding collective animal behavior may be in the eye of the computer
An international team of researchers is the first to successfully apply machine learning toward understanding collective animal behavior from raw data such as video without tracking each individual. The findings stand to significantly impact the field of ethology -- the objective study of animal behavior -- and may prove as profound as the breakthroughs that allowed robots to learn to recognize obstacles and navigate their environment.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kathleen Hamilton
kathleen.hamilton@nyu.edu
718-260-3792
New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering

Public Release: 16-Jan-2014
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Soil microbes alter DNA in response to warming
Scientists studying grasslands in Oklahoma have discovered that an increase of 2 degrees Celsius in the air temperature above the soil creates significant changes to the microbial ecosystem underground. The microbial ecosystem responded by altering its DNA to enhance the ability to handle excess carbon.
Department of Energy

Contact: Brett Israel
brett.israel@comm.gatech.edu
404-385-1933
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 15-Jan-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Researchers discover that coevolution between humans and bacteria reduces gastric cancer risk
Dartmouth professor of Genetics Scott Williams, Ph.D., studied two Colombian villages and discovered that the risk of gastric cancer (caused by Helicobacter pylori bacteria) depends on both the ancestry of the person and the ancestry of the microbe they carry. All villagers had similar rates of H. pylori infection, but gastric cancer occurred 25 times more often in the mountain village; coevoluton between humans and bacteria had reduced gastric cancer rates in the coastal villagers.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Derik Hertel
derik.hertel@dartmouth.edu
603-650-1211
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Public Release: 14-Jan-2014
Story of human regeneration wins international physics journalism prize
This year's IOP-STFC Physics Journalism Prize has been awarded to Cynthia Graber for her feature "Electric Shock: Could electricity be the key to unlocking human regeneration?," published at MATTER. In the award-winning article, Cynthia, a freelance print and radio journalist based in Massachusetts, investigates the work of professor Michael Levin, the Director of Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, to improve our understanding of the role electricity plays in regenerating living cells.

Contact: Joe Winters
joseph.winters@iop.org
44-020-747-04815
Institute of Physics

Public Release: 14-Jan-2014
Molecular Biology and Evolution
How a scorpion gets its sting
The study provides the first functional evidence for an evolutionary connection between insect defensins and scorpion α-KTxs, and how one small genetic mutation leads to a new protein function to give scorpions their deadly sting.

Contact: Joe Caspermeyer
MBEpress@gmail.com
480-258-8972
Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)

Public Release: 13-Jan-2014
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation grants prestigious awards to 20 top young scientists
The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting innovative early career researchers, named 15 new Damon Runyon Fellows at its fall Fellowship Award Committee review. The Committee also named five new recipients of the Damon Runyon-Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists.
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Contact: Yung S. Lie, Ph.D.
yung.lie@damonrunyon.org
212-455-0521
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Public Release: 13-Jan-2014
Nature Genetics
Mechanism affecting risk of prostate cancer is found
A research group at Biocenter Oulu in Finland has identified a mechanism related to a transcription factor that binds much more strongly onto a particular SNP variant, thereby initiating a genetic program which enhances prostate cancer proliferation and metastasis.
Academy of Finland

Contact: Dr. Gonghong Wei
gonghong.wei@oulu.fi
358-504-288-121
Academy of Finland

Public Release: 9-Jan-2014
Applications in Plant Sciences
Big data: A method for obtaining large, phylogenomic data sets
Scientists have developed a new method to obtain large, phylogenomic data sets utilizing long-range PCR to strategically generate DNA templates for next-generation sequencing. Available in the January issue of Applications in Plant Sciences, the method allows researchers to target specific genomic regions of interest. The method was tested by amplifying chloroplast genomes for 30 species across flowering plants, but can be used for any organism, and can be expanded to the mitochondrial and nuclear regions.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Beth Parada
apps@botany.org
American Journal of Botany

Public Release: 8-Jan-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Chemical imaging brings cancer tissue analysis into the digital age
A new method for analyzing biological samples based on their chemical makeup is set to transform the way medical scientists examine diseased tissue.
Imperial College London, National Institute for Health Research Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, European Research Council

Contact: Sam Wong
sam.wong@imperial.ac.uk
44-207-594-2198
Imperial College London

Public Release: 8-Jan-2014
EMBO Reports
Researchers propose alternative way to allocate science funding
Researchers in the United States have suggested an alternative way to allocate science funding. The method, which is described in EMBO reports, depends on a collective distribution of funding by the scientific community, requires only a fraction of the costs associated with the traditional peer review of grant proposals and, according to the authors, may yield comparable or even better results.
National Science Foundation, Andrew W Mellon Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Barry Whyte
barry.whyte@embo.org
EMBO

Public Release: 3-Jan-2014
International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
25 years of DNA on the computer
For about 20 years now, experimental research on nuclear DNA has been supplemented by research based on computer simulations aimed at reconstructing the structure and function of this molecule that is so essential to life as we know it. A systematic review -- carried out with the participation of SISSA in Trieste -- provides a detailed summary of the majority of models developed to date. The review is mainly aimed at biologists, for whom it may become an important research tool.

Contact: Federica Sgorbissa
comunicazione@medialab.sissa.it
39-040-378-7644
International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA)

Public Release: 3-Jan-2014
Annals of the Entomological Society of America
7 new species of nearctic wasps described and illustrated
After studying specimens from the Nearctic deposited in the United States National Museum of Natural History and some specimens in the Canadian National Collection of Insects, researchers have found 16 new species of wasps from the Nearctic region, and they've described seven new species.

Contact: Richard Levine
rlevine@entsoc.org
301-731-4535
Entomological Society of America

Public Release: 2-Jan-2014
Journal of the Botanical Institute of Texas
Amber fossil reveals ancient reproduction in flowering plants
A 100-million-year old piece of amber has been discovered which reveals the oldest evidence of sexual reproduction in a flowering plant -- a cluster of 18 tiny flowers from the Cretaceous Period -- with one of them in the process of making some new seeds for the next generation.

Contact: George Poinar, Jr.
poinarg@science.oregonstate.edu
541-752-0917
Oregon State University

Public Release: 23-Dec-2013
Nature Biotechnology
Library that can determine resistance
Researchers have developed a method to create a comprehensive library of mutations across all genes in the mouse genome. This library can be used to examine the role of every gene in different cell types.
Wellcome Trust

Contact: Aileen Sheehy
press.office@sanger.ac.uk
44-012-234-92384
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Public Release: 20-Dec-2013
Science
A gluttonous plant reveals how its cellular power plant devours foreign DNA
Researchers from Indiana University and the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute have determined an epic expansion of a plant's mitochondrial genome via of horizontal gene transfer, acquiring six genome equivalents of foreign DNA. It is the first time that an organelle has captured entire "foreign" genomes, those from other organisms, and the first description of a land plant acquiring genes from green algae. This work is published December 20 in the journal Science.
US Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research

Contact: David Gilbert
degilbert@lbl.gov
925-296-5643
DOE/Joint Genome Institute

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