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Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Statistical model predicts performance of hybrid rice
A research team led by plant geneticists at the University of California, Riverside and Huazhong Agricultural University, China, has used 'genomic prediction' to predict the performance of hybrid rice. Genomic prediction is a new technology that could potentially revolutionize hybrid breeding in agriculture. A statistical approach to predicting the value of an economically important trait in a plant, such as yield or disease resistance, the method works if the trait is heritable and reduces costs.
NIH/National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Natural Science Foundation

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
From eons to seconds, proteins exploit the same forces
Energy landscapes for protein folding operate on evolutionary processes that take eons as well as folding that takes microseconds, according to new research at Rice University.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, D.R. Bullard-Welch Chair at Rice

Contact: David Ruth
david@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University

Public Release: 12-Aug-2014
PLOS Biology
Our ancestor's 'leaky' membrane answers big questions in biology
All life on Earth came from one common ancestor -- a single-celled organism -- but what it looked like, how it lived and how it evolved into today's modern cells is a four-billion-year-old mystery being solved by researchers at UCL using mathematical modeling.

Contact: Rebecca Caygill
r.caygill@ucl.ac.uk
020-310-83846
University College London

Public Release: 11-Aug-2014
Science
Not only in DNA's hands
Weizmann Institute scientists show that epigenetics has a large say in blood formation.

Contact: Yivsam Azgad
news@weizmann.ac.il
972-893-43852
Weizmann Institute of Science

Public Release: 11-Aug-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Elusive viral 'machine' architecture finally rendered
Biologists have worked with the Lambda virus as a model system for more than 50 years but they've never had an overarching picture of the molecular machines that allow it to insert or remove DNA from the cells that it infects. Now they can, thanks to an advance that highlights the intriguingly intricate way the virus accomplishes its genetic manipulations.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: David Orenstein
david_orenstein@brown.edu
401-863-1862
Brown University

Public Release: 11-Aug-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Preemies' gut bacteria may depend more on gestational age than environment
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that in infants born prematurely, the population of bacteria in babies' gastrointestinal tracts may depend more on their biological makeup and gestational age at birth than on environmental factors. The scientists discovered that bacterial communities assemble in an orderly, choreographed progression, with the pace of that assembly slowest in infants born most prematurely.
National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

Contact: Elizabethe Holland Durando
elizabethe.durando@wustl.edu
314-286-0119
Washington University School of Medicine

Public Release: 7-Aug-2014
New book from CSHLPress provides a solution for 'informatics anxiety'
A more complete understanding of bioinformatics offered in 'A Bioinformatics Guide for Molecular Biologists' from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press will allow the reader to become comfortable with these techniques, encouraging their use -- thus helping to make sense of the vast accumulation of data. It is a must-read for those interested in learning informatics techniques required for successful research and development in the laboratory.

Contact: Robert Redmond
rredmond@cshl.edu
516-422-4101
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Public Release: 7-Aug-2014
Nature Communications
Mutations in a gene essential for cell regulation cause kidney cancer in children
Mutations in a gene that helps regulate when genes are switched on and off in cells have been found to cause rare cases of Wilms tumor, the most common kidney cancer occurring in children.
Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK

Contact: Henry French
henry.french@icr.ac.uk
020-715-35380
Institute of Cancer Research

Public Release: 7-Aug-2014
Science
Study reveals dynamics of microbes and nitrate
Though we know that the environmental microbiome plays a key role in mediating the persistence of biologically usable nitrogen in the environment and that microbes can perform critically different chemistry in the process, the complexity of this environmental dynamic has prevented science from clearly defining the conditions steering microbial nitrogen mediation. A new set of controlled experiments using recently developed genomic technologies have provided conclusive evidence that three critical factors steer this hugely important environmental process.
National Science Founcation, European Research Council, Max Planck Society

Contact: James Hathaway
jbhathaw@uncc.edu
704-687-5743
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Public Release: 7-Aug-2014
Cell
Largest cancer genomic study proposes 'disruptive' new system to reclassify tumors
After analyzing more than 3,500 tumors on multiple technology platforms TCGA researchers say cancers are more likely to be similar based on their cell type of origin as opposed to their tissue type of origin. The study suggests at least 10 percent of cancer patients would be classified differently under this protocol. But Buck faculty Christopher Benz thinks this fraction will swell when more samples and additional tumor types are included in the next analysis.
NIH/National Cancer Institute, NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute

Contact: Kris Rebillot
krebillot@buckinstitute.org
415-209-2080
Buck Institute for Age Research

Public Release: 6-Aug-2014
ZooKeys
A website to help safeguard the United States borders against alien scale insect pests
A group of scientists has built an online interactive website to help state and federal identifiers safeguard the US ports-of-entry from alien scale insect pests. The interactive website facilitates pest identifications by gathering, in one place, photos, drawings and current information on 194 species that have the potential to become serious pests to US agriculture.

Contact: Alessandra Rung
arung@cdfa.ca.gov
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 5-Aug-2014
Nucleic Acids Research
'Treatments waiting to be discovered' inside new database
A University of Colorado Cancer Center study recently published in the top-ranked journal Nucleic Acids Research describes a database named multiMiR, the most comprehensive database collecting information about microRNAs and their targets.
National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Cancer Institute

Contact: Garth Sundem
garth.sundem@ucdenver.edu
University of Colorado Denver

Public Release: 4-Aug-2014
Research institutions announce collaboration for sharing, standardizing neuroscience data
Prominent US research institutions are collaborating on a project aimed at making databases about the brain more useable and accessible for neuroscientists -- a step seen as critical to accelerating the pace of discoveries about the brain in health and disease.

Contact: Chris Martin
cmartin@kavlifoundation.org
805-278-7494
The Kavli Foundation

Public Release: 4-Aug-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
In defense of mouse models for studying human disorders
The role of mouse models in the research field was recently challenged by a report showing that mouse models poorly mimic human inflammatory diseases. Researchers in Japan re-evaluated the same datasets used in the study by focusing on the genes whose expression levels were significantly changed both in human and mice. Contrary to the previous findings, the gene expression patterns in the mouse models showed extraordinary significant correlations with those of the human conditions.
Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Contact: Tsuyoshi Miyakawa
miyakawa@fujita-hu.ac.jp
81-562-939-375
Fujita Health University, ICMS

Public Release: 3-Aug-2014
Nature Neuroscience
Making sense of scents
Exactly how animals separate the smells of objects of interest, such as food sources or the scent of predators, from background information has remained largely unknown. Even the extent to which animals can make such distinctions, and how differences between scents might affect the process were largely a mystery -- until now.

Contact: Peter Reuell
preuell@fas.harvard.edu
617-496-8070
Harvard University

Public Release: 3-Aug-2014
Nature Methods
UMD researchers develop tool to better visualize, analyze human genomic data
Scientists at the University of Maryland have developed a new, web-based tool that enables researchers to quickly and easily visualize and compare large amounts of genomic information resulting from high-throughput sequencing experiments. The free tool, called Epiviz, offers a major advantage over browsers currently available: Epiviz seamlessly integrates with the open-source Bioconductor analysis software widely used by genomic scientists, through its Epivizr Bioconductor package.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Abby Robinson
abbyr@umd.edu
301-405-5845
University of Maryland

Public Release: 31-Jul-2014
Annals of the Entomological Society of America
Oldest rove beetle in the Omaliini tribe found in French amber
An international team of scientists from Spain, France, and the US has discovered and described a rove beetle that is the oldest definitive member of the tribe Omaliini that has ever been found in amber.

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

Public Release: 30-Jul-2014
Biological Conservation
Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants
Exotic pests, shrinking ranges and a changing climate threaten some of the world's most rare and ecologically important plants, and so conservationists establish seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity.
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis

Contact: Catherine Crawley
ccrawley@nimbios.org
865-974-9350
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)

Public Release: 30-Jul-2014
F1000Research
F1000Research brings static research figures to life
F1000Research today published new research from Bjorn Brembs, professor of neurogenetics at the Institute of Zoology, Universitaet Regensburg, in Germany, with a proof-of-concept figure allowing readers and reviewers to run the underlying code within the online article. This represents an important leap forward for scientific publishing, by demonstrating a completely novel framework for assessing the quality of a scholarly output.

Contact: Eleanor Howell
press@f1000.com
44-020-763-19129
Faculty of 1000

Public Release: 28-Jul-2014
Nature Communications
Mutations from Venus, mutations from Mars
Weizmann Institute researchers explain why genetic fertility problems can persist in a population.

Contact: Yivsam Azgad
news@weizmann.ac.il
972-893-43856
Weizmann Institute of Science

Public Release: 27-Jul-2014
Nature Genetics
NIH scientists find 6 new genetic risk factors for Parkinson's
Using data from over 18,000 patients, scientists have identified more than two dozen genetic risk factors involved in Parkinson's disease, including six that had not been previously reported. The study, published in Nature Genetics, was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by scientists working in NIH laboratories.
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH/National Institute on Aging, NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Contact: Barbara McMakin
nindspressteam@ninds.nih.gov
301-496-5751
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Public Release: 24-Jul-2014
PLOS Genetics
8.2 percent of our DNA is 'functional'
Only 8.2 percent of human DNA is likely to be doing something important -- is 'functional' -- say Oxford University researchers.
Wellcome Trust, UK Medical Research Council

Contact: University of Oxford News & Information Office
news.office@admin.ox.ac.uk
44-186-528-0530
University of Oxford

Public Release: 24-Jul-2014
Genome Biology
Smartphone experiment tracks whether our life story is written in our gut bacteria
Life events such as visiting another country or contracting a disease cause a significant shift in the make-up of the gut microbiota -- the community of bacteria living in the digestive system, according to research published in the open-access journal Genome Biology. Two participants used smartphone apps to collect information every day for a year in the study by scientists from MIT and Harvard. The authors think the method could be rolled out to studies of human-bacteria relationships with many more participants.

Contact: Anna Perman
Anna.Perman@biomedcentral.com
44-020-319-22429
BioMed Central

Public Release: 24-Jul-2014
Nature Communications
Newly discovered gut virus lives in half the world's population
Odds are, there's a virus living inside your gut that has gone undetected by scientists for decades. A new study led by researchers at San Diego State University has found that more than half the world's population is host to a newly described virus, named crAssphage, which infects one of the most common gut bacterial species, Bacteroides. This bacterium thought to be connected with obesity, diabetes and other gut-related diseases.

Contact: Natalia Elko
natalia.elko@mail.sdsu.edu
619-594-2585
San Diego State University

Public Release: 23-Jul-2014
Nature Scientific Data
Nearly 50 years of lemur data now available online
A 48-year archive of life history data for the world's largest and most diverse collection of endangered primates is now digital and available online. The Duke Lemur Center database allows visitors to view and download data for more than 3600 animals representing 27 species of lemurs, lorises and galagos -- distant primate cousins who predate monkeys and apes -- with more data to be uploaded in the future.
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, National Science Foundation

Contact: Robin Ann Smith
ras10@duke.edu
919-668-4544
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)

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