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Public Release: 10-Jan-2018
PLOS Biology
New options for more animal welfare
In Germany, non-technical summaries of all authorized projects involving animals are published in the database AnimalTestInfo, which is operated by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment and is at present unique worldwide. Using this searchable and transparent database, the general public can easily find information about animal tests.

Contact: Suzan Fiack
BfR Federal Institute for Risk Assessment

Public Release: 8-Jan-2018
Metabarcoding and Metagenomics
Pan-European sampling campaign sheds light on the massive diversity of freshwater plankton
In a major pan-European study, a research team from Germany have successfully extracted environmental DNA from as many as 218 lakes to refute a long-year belief that vital microorganisms do not differ significantly between freshwater bodies and geographic regions the way plants and animals do. Their new-age approach to biodiversity studies resulted in the largest freshwater dataset along with a study published in the open access journal Metabarcoding and Metagenomics.

Contact: Jens Boenigk
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 8-Jan-2018
A botanical mystery solved by phylogenetic testing
Missouri Botanical Garden researchers used DNA testing to rediscover Dracaena umbraculifera, which was thought to be extinct. The methods and results were published in Oryx. The authors include Garden researchers in both St. Louis and Madagascar.

Contact: Katie O'Sullivan
Missouri Botanical Garden

Public Release: 8-Jan-2018
California awards UCSC Precision Medicine Funds for childhood cancer research
The Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative of the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute has been awarded a follow-on California state grant worth $500,000 based on its work on the California Kids Cancer Comparison funded by the California Initiative for Precision Medicine. State funding for this work is supplemented by local organization funding from St. Baldrick's Foundation, Unravel Pediatric Cancer, local philanthropists Rafe and George Kraw, among others.
California Kids Cancer Comparison, The California Initiative for Precision Medicine, St. Baldrick's Foundation, Unravel Pediatric Cancer, philanthropists Rafe and George Kraw

Contact: Alexis Morgan
University of California - Santa Cruz

Public Release: 7-Jan-2018
New Phytologist
Less chewing the cud, more greening the fuel
Plant biomass contains considerable calorific value but most of it makes up robust cell walls, an unappetizing evolutionary advantage that helped grasses to survive foragers and prosper for more than 60 million years. The trouble is that this robustness still makes them less digestible in the rumen of cows and sheep and difficult to process in bioenergy refineries for ethanol fuel. Until now, with the discovery of a gene that controls that robustness.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Lawes Agricultural Trust, Embrapa Agroenergia

Contact: Susan Watts
Rothamsted Research

Public Release: 4-Jan-2018
Plant Cell
Danforth Center uncovers a genetic mechanism that could enhance yield in cereal crops
The Eveland laboratory's research findings, 'Brassinosteroids modulate meristem fate and differentiation of unique inflorescence morphology in Setaria viridis', were recently published in the journal The Plant Cell.

Contact: Melanie Bernds
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Public Release: 4-Jan-2018
Nucleic Acids Research
Discovering the structure of RNA
A research team at SISSA, led by Professor Giovanni Bussi, has developed a computerised simulation model which can effectively predict the three-dimensional conformation of the RNA filament starting from a sequence of nucleotides. The work, just published in Nucleic Acids Research, promises to have a significant impact in the research and application field.

Contact: Donato Ramani
Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati

Public Release: 3-Jan-2018
'Silent code' of nucleotides, not amino acids, determines functions of vital proteins
Humans possess six forms of the protein actin, which perform essential functions in the body. Two in particular, β-actin and γ-actin, are nearly identical, only differing by four amino acids. Yet these near-twin proteins carry out distinct roles. A long standing question for biologists has been, how is this possible? New findings from the University of Pennsylvania have pointed to a surprising answer. The differing functions of these proteins are determined not by their amino acid sequences but by their genetic code.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Katherine Unger Baillie
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 3-Jan-2018
Novel methodology increases resolution in oligodendrocyte proteomics
Brazilian researchers combine mass spectrometry, 2D liquid chromatography and ion mobility to identify over 10,000 proteins in brain cells possibly involved in schizophrenia. The innovation even enabled the identification, in samples, of proteins some 10 million times smaller in quantity than those of the most highly expressed molecules.
Sao Paulo Research Foundation - FAPESP

Contact: Joao Carlos da Silva
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo

Public Release: 2-Jan-2018
Trends in Parasitology
Genetic changes help mosquitoes survive pesticide attacks
The fascinating array of genetic changes that confer pesticide resistance in Anopheles mosquitoes is reviewed in an article published today in Trends in Parasitology. The paper is written by Colince Kamdem, a postdoctoral scholar, and two colleagues from the Department of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside. The findings highlight the interplay between human interventions, mosquito evolution, and disease outcomes, and will help scientists develop new strategies to overcome pesticide resistance.

Contact: Sarah Nightingale
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 28-Dec-2017
National Research Award 2017 to Roderic Guigó
Roderic Guigó, coordinator of the Bioinformatics and Genomics Programme at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, has been honored with the highest recognition for research excellence in Catalonia.

Contact: Laia Cendros
Center for Genomic Regulation

Public Release: 21-Dec-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Making waves
New approach enables measurements of changes in thousands of proteins in the minutes after frog eggs are fertilized, revealing previously opaque mechanisms such as how the destruction of a small number of proteins releases the 'brakes' on an egg's cell cycle. Method has applications in a wide range of biological systems.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Kevin Jiang
Harvard Medical School

Public Release: 21-Dec-2017
How trees cooperate: MLU secures funding for international research training group
A new international research training group at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg focuses on how trees interact with each other and on the consequences of these interactions for the ecosystem. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) will be funding the Ph.D. program for the next four-and-a-half years with around €3.5 million. MLU is collaborating with the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing for this project.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Contact: Tom Leonhardt
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Public Release: 21-Dec-2017
An integrated assessment of vascular plants species of the Americas
Missouri Botanical Garden researcher Dr. Carmen Ulloa is the lead author of 'An Integrated Assessment of Vascular Plant Species of the Americas,' published today in Science. Ulloa along with 23 co-authors compiled a comprehensive, searchable checklist of 124,993 species, 6,227 genera and 355 families of vascular plants of the Americas. This represents one third of all known vascular plants worldwide.

Contact: Katie O'Sullivan
Missouri Botanical Garden

Public Release: 20-Dec-2017
Nature Communications
When one reference genome is not enough
Having plant pan-genomes for crops that are important for fuel and food applications would enable breeders to harness natural diversity to improve traits such as yield, disease resistance, and tolerance of marginal growing conditions. In Nature Communications, an international team led by researchers at the Joint Genome Institute gauged the size of a plant pan-genome using Brachypodium distachyon, a wild grass widely used as a model for grain and biomass crops.
US Department of Energy Office of Science

Contact: David Gilbert
DOE/Joint Genome Institute

Public Release: 20-Dec-2017
The biological clock of plants
The Americans Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for their research on the biological clock on Sunday. They discovered the molecular mechanisms controlling biological rhythms. A new 'research_tv' report describes how scientists at Bielefeld are also advancing research on the biological clock.

Contact: Dr. Dorothee Staiger
Bielefeld University

Public Release: 20-Dec-2017
EMBO to support life scientists in Chile
EMBO, together with its intergovernmental funding body, EMBC, has signed a cooperation agreement with the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research in Chile (CONICYT) to strengthen scientific exchange and collaboration between Chile and Europe.

Contact: Tilmann Kiessling

Public Release: 20-Dec-2017
BMC Genomics
Mobile genetic elements that alter the function of nearby genes are detected
Raúl Castanera-Andrés, an engineer in the Agri-Food Engineering and Rural Environment Department of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre, has worked on detecting mobile genetic elements (transposons) in basidiomycete fungi, a type of well-known fungi because they produce edible mushrooms and are active degraders of lignocellulosic waste.

Contact: Oihane Lakar
Elhuyar Fundazioa

Public Release: 20-Dec-2017
Political instability and weak governance lead to loss of species, study finds
Big data study of global biodiversity shows ineffective national governance is a better indicator of species decline than any other measure of 'anthropogenic impact.' Even protected conservation areas make little difference in countries that struggle with socio-political stability.

Contact: Fred Lewsey
University of Cambridge

Public Release: 20-Dec-2017
Science Advances
Study warns that snake fungal disease could be a global threat
New research suggests that a potentially fatal snake fungus found in several species in the United States and three in Europe could be global in scale. The study shows that the snake fungal disease caused by Ophidiomyces ophidiodiicola can infect snakes of many species regardless of their ancestry, physical characteristics, or habitats. The study's authors warn that future surveys for the disease should assume that all snake species harbor this pathogen.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kendra Snyder
American Museum of Natural History

Public Release: 19-Dec-2017
Nature Genetics
A functional genomics database for plant microbiome studies
Most of the interaction between microbes and plants occurs at the interface between the roots and soil. In Nature Genetics, a team led by JGI researchers isolated novel bacteria from plant root environments and combined the new genomes with thousands of publicly available genomes representing the major groups of plant-associated bacteria, and bacteria from plant and non-plant environments. Through the resulting database, researchers identified genes enriched in the genomes of plant-associated and root-associated organisms.
US Department of Energy Office of Science

Contact: David Gilbert
DOE/Joint Genome Institute

Public Release: 19-Dec-2017
Biophysical Society 62nd Annual Meeting
Biophysical Society Announces winners of 2018 Education Committee Travel Awards
The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its Education Committee Travel Awards to attend the Biophysical Society's 62nd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 17-21, 2018. The recipients of this competitive award, all of whom are students and postdoctoral fellows, are selected based on scientific merit. Each awardee will be presenting their research during the meeting, will receive a travel grant, and will be recognized at a reception on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Moscone Center.

Contact: Ellen Weiss
Biophysical Society

Public Release: 19-Dec-2017
Nucleic Acids Research
New approaches in medical genomics: A step forward in Parkinson's disease
Researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona have discovered a mechanism regulating an important protein that is linked to Parkinson´s disease and multiple system atrophy (MSA). They have identified factors controlling the production of this protein and revealed mechanisms by which it leads to neurotoxicity. These results, which have been published this week in Nucleic Acids Research, point to new biomarkers that might help in the early detection of these diseases, as well as in exploring possible treatments.
Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness , CERCA Programme, Generalitat de Catalunya, European Research Council, Fundació la Marató de TV3

Contact: Laia Cendros
Center for Genomic Regulation

Public Release: 19-Dec-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Researchers isolate biting, non-biting genes in pitcher plant mosquitoes
Understanding that divergence, University of Notre Dame researchers say, is a starting point to determining whether there are non-biting genes in other species that could be manipulated in order to reduce transmission of vector-borne diseases.

Contact: Jessica Sieff
University of Notre Dame

Public Release: 18-Dec-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Researchers begin isolating blood-feeding and non-biting genes in mosquitoes
Researchers have taken the first step on a path that eventually could result in female mosquitoes that no longer bite and spread diseases. A nine-member team of scientists at five institutions methodically sorted out 902 genes related to blood feeding and 478 genes linked to non-blood feeding from the mosquito Wyeomyia smithii.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jim Barlow
University of Oregon

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