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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
hbridger@bwh.harvard.edu
617-525-6383
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
deborah.smith@unsw.edu.au
61-247-849-2060
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
heinz.koeppl@bcs.tu-darmstadt.de
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
carolyn@nus.edu.sg
65-651-65399
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
jhduffy@andrew.cmu.edu
412-268-9982
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
anne.manning@colostate.edu
970-491-7099
Colorado State University

Public Release: 7-Dec-2017
PeerJ
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
seppo.parkkila@uta.fi
358-401-901-825
University of Tampere

Public Release: 6-Dec-2017
Nature
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
Benjamin.Boettner@wyss.harvard.edu
917-913-8051
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
abo@sun.ac.za
027-218-085-856
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
info@taxonexpeditions.com
31-647-700-593
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
edyta.zielinska@jefferson.edu
215-955-7359
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
k_cottingham@acs.org
301-775-8455
American Chemical Society

Public Release: 6-Dec-2017
eLife
How ribosomes shape the proteome
Cells are crowded with macromolecules, which limits the diffusion of proteins, especially in prokaryotic cells without active transport in the cytoplasm. While investigating the relationship between crowding, ionic strength and protein diffusion, University of Groningen biochemists made a fascinating discovery: positively charged proteins stick to the surface of ribosome complexes. This explains why most water-soluble proteins carry an overall negative charge. The discovery will appear soon in the journal eLife.

Contact: Rene Fransen
r.fransen@rug.nl
University of Groningen

Public Release: 6-Dec-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Dibenzoazepine defender: Drug found to be effective against resistant hepatitis C
Osaka University researchers identify class of chemicals that can combat resistant strains of the hepatitis C virus, as well as parasites that cause malaria and toxoplasmosis
Program for Basic and Clinical Research on Hepatitis of the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan

Contact: Saori Obayashi
gi-strategy@cgin.osaka-u.ac.jp
81-661-055-886
Osaka University

Public Release: 5-Dec-2017
PeerJ
The bacterial community on the International Space Station resembles homes
Microbiologists at the University of California, Davis analyzed swabs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) and compared them with samples from homes on earth as well as the Human Microbiome Project. This work, part of a nationwide citizen science project called Project MERCCURI, found that the microbial community in this unique habitat was very diverse and more closely resembled that of homes than of humans.

Contact: David Coil
coil.david@gmail.com
PeerJ

Public Release: 4-Dec-2017
Genome Biology and Evolution
Genes identified that distinguish mammals from other animals
What distinguishes Homo sapiens from other living beings? And the group of mammals? What makes them different? Researchers analyzed the already sequenced genomes of 68 mammals and identified 6,000 families of genes that are only found in these animals. These are genes with no homologues outside mammals, in other words, they are not present in other hairless species. In humans, it is estimated that they represent 2.5 percent of the genes that code for proteins.

Contact: Marta Calsina
mcalsina@imim.es
34-933-160-680
IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute)

Public Release: 4-Dec-2017
Biological Conservation
Flying laboratory reveals crucial tropical forest conservation targets in Borneo
About 40 percent of northern Malaysian Borneo's carbon stocks exist in forests that are not designated for maximum protections, according to new research from the Carnegie Airborne Observatory team. What's more, they discovered that Sabah could double carbon stocks by allowing previously logged forests to regenerate--a process that they estimate would take about a century.

Contact: Greg Asner
gpa@carnegiescience.edu
650-223-6902
Carnegie Institution for Science

Public Release: 4-Dec-2017
Nature Communications
Computerized biology, or how to control a population of cells with a computer
Researchers have published articles about computer control of cellular processes. Hybrid experimental platforms combining microscopes and software are enabling researchers to interface living cells with control algorithms in real time. The two articles illustrate that these solutions make it possible to create new and easily reprogrammable behaviours of cell populations. This external control of living tissue would then become a formidable research tool for acquiring a detailed understanding of the biological role of certain proteins.

Contact: Press office
presse@pasteur.fr
Institut Pasteur

Public Release: 4-Dec-2017
Nucleic Acids Research
Research team quantifies blind spots on the protein maps
While researchers already know what the DNA-blueprints look like for most proteins, they do not know what many of these proteins actually do in the body. An interdisciplinary team composed of experimental and computational scientists from the University of Luxembourg has now systematically quantified and characterized the extent of this knowledge gap. An unprecedented effort has been directed towards predicting more specifically how many, among the proteins of unknown function, are enzymes.

Contact: Thomas Klein
thomas.klein@uni.lu
352-466-644-5148
University of Luxembourg

Public Release: 1-Dec-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
New imaging study reveals how saturated fatty acids damage cells
Columbia University researchers developed a new microscopy technique that allows for the direct tracking of fatty acids after they've been absorbed into living cells. What they found using this technique could have significant impact on both the understanding and treatment of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
National Institutes of Health, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Contact: Jessica Guenzel
jg3570@columbia.edu
Columbia University

Public Release: 1-Dec-2017
Cancer Research
New method to determine before surgery which prostate tumors pose a lethal threat
A team at CSHL reports success in a small-scale test of a new analytical method to improve the early detection of potentially lethal prostate cancer. Based on diagnostic biopsy samples, the method promises to more accurately parse men who need surgery from those who do not.
Simons Foundation, NIH/National Cancer Institute, US Department of the Army, Global Prostate Cancer Research Foundation, Long Island Cruizin' for a Cure

Contact: Peter Tarr
tarr@cshl.edu
516-367-5055
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Public Release: 1-Dec-2017
Nature Communications
Virtual reality for bacteria
Scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have managed to control the behavior of individual bacteria by connecting them to a computer. A potential application of such bio-digital hybrid technology could make it possible to 'debug' complex biological systems in the same way complex computer codes are debugged: by testing each part individually while simulating its surroundings in a form of virtual reality.
Marie Curie Actions of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme, Austrian Science Fund grant, Agence Nationalede la Recherche

Contact: Elisabeth Guggenberger
elisabeth.guggenberger@ist.ac.at
43-224-390-001-199
Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Public Release: 1-Dec-2017
PLOS Biology
Chick embryos provide valuable genetic data for understanding human development
An international collaboration of researchers from Japan, Russia, Spain, and Australia has created the first genome-wide set of avian transcription start sites. Their data have been made available through the web-based, open-access, interactive DNA visualization system, ZENBU. ('Zenbu' means 'all' in Japanese.) The database and their CAGE-based TSS mapping method are expected to greatly facilitate research on the early development of amniotes, a group of vertebrate animals including the mammals, birds and reptiles.
Japanese Ministry of Education Culture Sports Science and Technology, Russian Science Foundation Grant for International Groups, Russian Government Program of Competitive Growth of Kazan Federal University, Takeda Science Foundation, and others

Contact: J. Sanderson
research-coordinator@jimu.kumamoto-u.ac.jp
Kumamoto University

Public Release: 1-Dec-2017
Plant Journal
Bottle gourd genome provides insight on evolutionary history, relationships of cucurbits
Researchers from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and collaborators in China and France have produced the first high-quality genome sequence for the bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) and a reconstructed genome of the most recent Cucurbitaceae ancestor.
US Agency for International Development, Feed-the-Future program, US Department of Agriculture, and others

Contact: Marissa Zuckerman
mz457@cornell.edu
Boyce Thompson Institute

Public Release: 30-Nov-2017
Acta Neuropathologica
Barrow researchers validate five new genes responsible for ALS
Barrow Neurological Institute researchers have completed additional experiments that validate the identification of five new genes linked to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) -- also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The new study results, validated through five different methods, were published in a full length manuscript in Acta Neuropathologica, validating earlier findings in the project.

Contact: Carmelle Malkovich
Carmelle.Malkovich@DignityHealth.org
602-406-3319
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

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