Rutgers researchers have created a device that can determine whether targeted chemotherapy drugs are working on individual cancer patients. The portable device, which uses artificial intelligence and biosensors, is up to 95.9% accurate in counting live cancer cells when they pass through electrodes, according to a study in the journal Microsystems & Nanoengineering.
Ribonucleic acid (RNA) occurs in animal and plant cells and has many biological functions. RNA plays a central role in the reading of genetic material, thereby ensuring that important substances are produced for the cells. Among other things, it also ensures the formation of the proteins needed by the cells. There are different types of RNA with different functions.
A regional laboratory found residues of carbofuran when analyzing frozen 'Red chili without stalks' for plant protection products. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) thereupon asked the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) to make a health assessment for the sample. The result was that a risk to the health of consumers is unlikely according to the latest available scientific knowledge.
To what extent are residues of plant protection products contained in food? With a new orientation value (status indicator) established within the scope of the National Action Plan (NAP) for the sustainable use of plant protection products, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) wants to create more clarity for consumers.
Phosphates are essential substances that occur naturally in the human body and make up a considerable portion of our nutrition. They occur in almost all foods, especially those high in protein, such as cheese, cold cuts and meat. A certain group of phosphates is authorised as food additives in the European Union.
Researchers have discovered a new species of tree in the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania, part of the Eastern Arc Mountains, and a globally important region for species in need of conservation.
For generations, household farmers in the Horn of Africa have selectively chosen chickens with certain traits that make them more appealing. Some choices are driven by the farmers' traditional courtship rituals; others are guided by more mundane concerns, such as taste and disease resistance. The result is the development of a genetically distinct African chicken -- one with longer, meatier legs, according to new research . But that 3,000-year-old local breed type is threatened by the introduction of commercial cluckers.
New app aims to improve the statistical analysis of large datasets in plant science and beyond.
Biodiversity loss is one of the most prominent global issues, also affecting human well-being. With privately owned land covering large areas of the world, private land conservation is an increasingly recognized strategy to address the biodiversity crisis and support human well-being. A new study assessed 30 years of published scientific literature in order to identify research gaps and mainstream future private land conservation research.
Researchers may have figured out the secret to get people to buy more fresh produce: dress veggies up in black. A new study by professors at Brigham Young University and Delft University of Technology looks at how the backgrounds of grocery store displays impact the attractiveness of vegetables. After testing an array of colors and neutral shades, they found the best bet is to go back in black.