Forgot Password?

Press Releases

Breaking News

Science Business

Grants, Awards, Books



Science Agencies
on EurekAlert!

US Department of Energy

US National Institutes of Health

US National Science Foundation


Submit a Calendar Item


Links & Resources


RSS Feeds

Accessibility Option On


Portal Home


Background Articles

Research Papers


Links & Resources


News Releases

Key: Meeting M      Journal J      Funder F

Showing releases 1-25 out of 966.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 > >>

Public Release: 18-Dec-2017
Nature Ecology and Evolution
Making larvae count
Genetic barcodes are used to quantify crucial populations in a coral reef ecosystem.

Contact: Yael Edelman
Weizmann Institute of Science

Public Release: 18-Dec-2017
Nature Ecology & Evolution
Birds learn from each other's 'disgust,' enabling insects to evolve bright colors
A new study of TV-watching great tits reveals how they learn through observation. Social interactions within a predator species can have 'evolutionary consequences' for potential prey, such as the conspicuous warning colours of insects like ladybirds.

Contact: Fred Lewsey
University of Cambridge

Public Release: 18-Dec-2017
EMBO Installation Grants support establishment of seven laboratories across Europe
EMBO announces today seven life scientists as recipients of EMBO Installation Grants. These grants will support the early-career researchers in establishing their independent laboratories in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Portugal and Turkey.

Contact: Tilmann Kiessling

Public Release: 15-Dec-2017
Current Biology
Genetic study uncovers fungal sex secrets, which shed light on candidiasis
A new genetic analysis of fungal yeast infections (candidiasis) from around the world has revealed surprising secrets about how these microbes reproduce and cause disease, according to a new study published in Current Biology from researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, Spain.

Contact: Laia Cendros
Center for Genomic Regulation

Public Release: 14-Dec-2017
Single-stranded DNA and RNA origami go live
A novel approach published in Science by a collaborative team of researchers from the Wyss Institute, Arizona State University, and Autodesk for the first time enables the design of complex single-stranded DNA and RNA origami that can autonomously fold into diverse, stable, user-defined structures.

Contact: Benjamin Boettner
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

Public Release: 14-Dec-2017
Nucleic Acids Research
Supercoiling pushes molecular handcuffs along chromatin fibers
As it squeezes down the chromatin fiber, the cohesin protein complex extrudes a growing loop of DNA -- a bit like the quick-lacing system of trail-running shoes. But what is powering the movement of the protein? A team of SIB scientists has found that the driving force could be the supercoiling of upstream DNA. Their research, published in Nucleic Acids Research, is thereby adding a key piece to the puzzle of gene expression regulation.

Contact: Maïa Berman
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Public Release: 14-Dec-2017
'Bet hedging' explains the efficacy of many combination cancer therapies
Survival benefits of many cancer drug combinations are not due to drug synergy, but to a form of "bet hedging." Combination treatment gives each patient multiple chances of responding to at least one drug, increasing measures of survival within patient populations. Findings suggest new ways to interpret clinical trial data, identify truly synergistic drug pairings and improve the design of combination therapies.
National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Ekaterina Pesheva
Harvard Medical School

Public Release: 14-Dec-2017
PLOS Biology
Tracking planned experiments online could spot ways to improve animal testing
An online database of study summaries could be systematically evaluated to uncover new information about animal testing, including potential targets for efforts to minimize harm to lab animals. A demonstration of this approach is publishing Dec. 14 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology.

Contact: Gilbert Schoenfelder

Public Release: 13-Dec-2017
American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting
Novel fMRI applications in childhood epilepsy increase understanding of seizure impacts
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has allowed researchers to map the memory functions that are often impaired within the brains of children with epilepsy. Additionally, a separate study of a novel application of resting-state fMRI, where the patient does not have to complete tasks, demonstrated the potential for clinicians to use noninvasive fMRI for language assessment for children who are too young or impaired to follow task directions in traditional fMRI studies.

Contact: Kathleen R. Lee
Children's National Health System

Public Release: 13-Dec-2017
Protein structure could unlock new treatments for cystic fibrosis
Biochemists at the University of Zurich have used cryo-electron microscopy to determine the detailed architecture of the chloride channel TMEM16A. This protein is a promising target for the development of effective drugs to treat cystic fibrosis.
European Research Council, University of Zurich, Mäxi Foundation

Contact: Raimund Dutzler
University of Zurich

Public Release: 13-Dec-2017
How do bacteria adapt?
A fundamental prerequisite for life on earth is the ability of living organisms to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have now determined that the regulation mechanisms used by bacteria to adapt to different environments are based on a global control process that can be described in a single equation.
National Institutes of Health, Simons Foundation, German Research Foundation

Contact: Andreas Battenberg
Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Public Release: 11-Dec-2017
Scientific Reports
Natural route masters
Few people draw a parallel between bumblebees and travelling salesmen but that's what comes after months of tracking the flight paths of the foraging pollinators as they refine their routes around multiple destinations and, in the process, provide insights into analogous problems in logistics and robotics and into how land might be used more efficiently.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, European Research Council

Contact: Susan Watts
Rothamsted Research

Public Release: 11-Dec-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Patients' individual genomes may affect efficacy, safety of gene editing
Gene editing has begun to be tested in clinical trials, using CRISPR-Cas9 and other technologies to directly edit DNA inside people's cells, and multiple trials are recruiting or in planning. A new study raises a note of caution, finding person-to-person genetic differences that may undercut the efficacy of gene editing or, more rarely, cause potentially dangerous 'off target' effects. It suggests that gene editing may need to be adapted to each patient's genome.
Genome Canada and Genome Quebec, Canada Research Chair Program, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Contact: Keri Stedman
Boston Children's Hospital

Public Release: 11-Dec-2017
Nature Communications
Novel framework to infer microbial interactions
Inferring the underlying ecological networks of microbial communities is important to understanding their structure and responses to external stimuli. But it can be very challenging to make accurate network inferences. In a paper published in Nature Communications, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital detail a method to make the network inference easier by utilizing steady-state data without altering microbial communities.
John Templeton Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Haley Bridger
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Public Release: 10-Dec-2017
Journal of Applied Ecology
Dolphin and bear studies have paved the way to improved population forecasting
A new article by a UNSW Sydney-led team challenges the validity of current methods for forecasting the persistence of slow-growing species for conservation purposes, and provides a better approach to reducing the threat of extinction.

Contact: Deborah Smith
University of New South Wales

Public Release: 8-Dec-2017
ERC grant: €2 million for synthetic biology at TU Darmstadt
The European Research Council awards an ERC Consolidator Grant to professor Heinz Koeppl and supports him for a period of five years with a total of €2 million. This will further strengthen the activities of TU Darmstadt in the domain of synthetic biology.
European Research Council

Contact: Dr. Heinz Koeppl
Technische Universitat Darmstadt

Public Release: 8-Dec-2017
Science Advances
NUS scientist develops 'toolboxes' for quantum cybersecurity
A quantum information scientist from the National University of Singapore has developed efficient 'toolboxes' comprising theoretical tools and protocols for quantifying the security of high-speed quantum communication.

Contact: Carolyn Fong
National University of Singapore

Public Release: 7-Dec-2017
CMU receives $7.5 million in federal BRAIN initiative funding
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center (MBIC) and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) have received close to $7.5 million in new funding from the National Institutes of Health through the federal BRAIN Initiative to support innovative research and develop tools that will rapidly advance brain research.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Jocelyn Duffy
Carnegie Mellon University

Public Release: 7-Dec-2017
Trends in Biotechnology
'Cyberbiosecurity' and protecting the life sciences
Biology and biotechnology have entered a digital age, but security policies around such activities have not kept pace. That's according to Colorado State University's Jean Peccoud, Abell Chair of Synthetic Biology and professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Peccoud is lead author on a new paper in Trends in Biotechnology, urging awareness of "cyberbiosecurity" risks for researchers, government and industry.

Contact: Anne Manning
Colorado State University

Public Release: 7-Dec-2017
The unique pentraxin-carbonic anhydrase protein regulates the ability of fish to swim
A study carried out at the University of Tampere has shown that carbonic anhydrase VI (CA VI) is present in some species as a combination of two proteins.

Contact: Seppo Parkkila
University of Tampere

Public Release: 6-Dec-2017
A 100-fold leap to GigaDalton DNA nanotech
As reported in Nature, a Wyss Institute team leapfrogged their 'DNA bricks' technology by two orders of magnitude, enabling next-generation DNA bricks to self-assemble into three-dimensional nanostructures that are 100 times more complex than those created with existing methods. The study provides user-friendly computational tools to design DNA nanostructures with complex cavities (and possibly surfaces) that have the potential to serve as building components in numerous nanotechnological applications in medicine and engineering.

Contact: Benjamin Boettner
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

Public Release: 6-Dec-2017
Fungal Ecology
Deadly cryptococcal fungi found in public spaces in South Africa
This is the first time that both Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii have been found in such large numbers on trees in South Africa. To date, only two studies (one from 2009 and the other published in 2011) have reported the presence of these pathogens in the South African environment.

Contact: Alf Botha
Stellenbosch University

Public Release: 6-Dec-2017
Biodiversity Data Journal
Citizen scientists discover 6 new species of beetles in Borneo
As part of a tropical biodiversity field course for citizen scientists initiated by the new organization called 'Taxon Expeditions,' a group of citizen scientists have discovered six new species of beetles in Borneo. The first three of these are published today in the open-access Biodiversity Data Journal.

Contact: Iva Njunjic
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 6-Dec-2017
Journal of Clinical Investigation
Breakthroughs in understanding the genetic basis of aggressive prostate cancer
New research shows how losing a ubiquitous gene opens genetic floodgates that make prostate cancer deadly, a finding that could apply to many cancers.

Contact: Edyta Zielinska
Thomas Jefferson University

Public Release: 6-Dec-2017
ACS Nano
Bioelectronic 'nose' can detect food spoilage by sensing the smell of death
Strong odors are an indicator that food has gone bad, but there could soon be a new way to sniff foul smells earlier on. As reported in ACS Nano, researchers have developed a bioelectronic "nose" that can specifically detect a key decay compound at low levels, enabling people to potentially take action before the stink spreads. It can detect rotting food, as well as be used to help find victims of natural disasters or crimes.

Contact: Katie Cottingham
American Chemical Society

Showing releases 1-25 out of 966.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 > >>