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Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Nature Communications
New lettuce genome assembly offers clues to success of huge plant family
UC Davis researchers have unlocked a treasure-trove of genetic information about lettuce and related plants, completing the first reported comprehensive genome assembly for lettuce and the massive Compositae plant family.
Lettuce Genomics Sequencing Consortium, UC Davis Genome Center, National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture

Contact: Pat Bailey
pjbailey@ucdavis.edu
530-219-9640
University of California - Davis

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences
Researchers find mushrooms may hold clues to effect of carbon dioxide on lawns
Since the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has rapidly increased. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire set out to determine how rising carbon dioxide concentrations and different climates may alter vegetation like forests, croplands, and 40 million acres of American lawns. They found that the clues may lie in an unexpected source, mushrooms.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture

Contact: Robbin Ray
robbin.ray@unh.edu
603-862-4864
University of New Hampshire

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Nature
A big-picture look at the world's worst Ebola epidemic
An international effort to analyze the entire database of Ebola virus genomes from the 2013-2016 West African epidemic reveals insights into factors that sped or slowed the rampage and calls for using real-time sequencing and data-sharing to contain future viral disease outbreaks.
European Commission, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Clinton Health Access Initiative, and others

Contact: Claire Hudson
crhudson@fredhutch.org
206-667-7365
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Science Advances
New 3-D printing method creates shape-shifting objects
A team of researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and two other institutions has developed a new 3-D printing method to create objects that can permanently transform into a range of different shapes in response to heat.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation, Singapore National Research Foundation

Contact: Josh Brown
josh.brown@comm.gatech.edu
404-385-0500
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Nature
Treatment reverses signs of 2 degenerative brain diseases, ALS and ataxia, in mice
Scientists report a significant step toward combatting two degenerative brain diseases that chip away at an individual's ability to move, and think. A targeted therapy developed by investigators at University of Utah Health slows the progression of a condition in mice that mimics a rare disease called ataxia. In a parallel collaborative study led by researchers at Stanford University, a nearly identical treatment improves the health of mice that model Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease.
National Institutes of Health, The Noorda Foundation, Target ALS Foundation, National Science Foundation, Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, Glenn Foundation, DFG

Contact: Julie Kiefer
julie.kiefer@hsc.utah.edu
801-597-4258
University of Utah Health

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Nature
Virginia Tech scientists discover early dinosaur cousin had a surprising croc-like look
Teleocrater and other recently discovered dinosaur cousins show that these animals were widespread during the Triassic Period and lived in modern day Russia, India, and Brazil. Furthermore, these cousins existed and went extinct before dinosaurs even appeared in the fossil record.
National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, National Geographic Society for Young Explorers grant, Russian Government Program of Competitive Growth of Kazan Federal University

Contact: Lindsay Key
ltkey@vt.edu
540-231-6594
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017
Genome Medicine
Nuclear transfer of mitochondrial DNA in colon and rectal cancer
Patients with colon and rectal cancer have somatic insertions of mitochondrial DNA into the nuclear genomes of the cancer cells, UAB researchers report in the journal Genome Medicine. In a companion paper in Analytical Biochemistry, researchers describe a molecular tool to rapidly detect and analyze insertion of mitochondrial DNA into the genomes of cells.
US Department of Veterans Affairs, University of Alabama at Birmingham, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Jeff Hansen
jeffhans@uab.edu
205-209-2355
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Nature Nanotechnology
Self-assembling polymers provide thin nanowire template
In a recent study, a team of researchers from Argonne, the University of Chicago and MIT has developed a new way to create some of the world's thinnest wires, using a process that could enable mass manufacturing with standard types of equipment.
DOE/Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, National Science Foundation, US Army Research Office

Contact: Jared Sagoff
jsagoff@anl.gov
630-252-5549
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Nano Letters
'Neuron-reading' nanowires could accelerate development of drugs for neurological diseases
A team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed nanowires that can record the electrical activity of neurons in fine detail. The new nanowire technology could one day serve as a platform to screen drugs for neurological diseases and could enable researchers to better understand how single cells communicate in large neuronal networks.
National Science Foundation, University of California San Diego, Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Institutes of Health, March of Dimes

Contact: Liezel Labios
llabios@ucsd.edu
858-246-1124
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology
CWRU researchers discover 3 new species of extinct South American marsupials
The discovery of three extinct species and new insights to a fourth indicates a little-known family of marsupials, the Palaeothentidae, was diverse and existed over a wide range of South America as recent as 13 million years ago. Fossils of the new species were found at Quebrada Honda, a high elevation fossil site in southern Bolivia, and are among the youngest known palaeothentid fossils.
National Science Foundation, National Geographic Foundation

Contact: Kevin Mayhood
kevin.mayhood@case.edu
216-534-7183
Case Western Reserve University

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Physical Review Letters
Physicists discover hidden aspects of electrodynamics
Radio waves, microwaves and even light itself are all made of electric and magnetic fields. The classical theory of electromagnetism was completed in the 1860s by James Clerk Maxwell. At the time, Maxwell's theory was revolutionary, and provided a unified framework to understand electricity, magnetism and optics. Now, new research led by LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professor Ivan Agullo, with colleagues from the Universidad de Valencia, Spain, advances knowledge of this theory. Their recent discoveries have been published in Physical Review Letters.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Alison Satake
asatake@lsu.edu
225-578-3870
Louisiana State University

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Molecular Psychiatry
Wiring of the 'little brain' linked to multiple forms of mental illness
Nearly half of people with one mental illness also experience another mental illness at the same time. This is leading researchers to shift their focus away from individual disorders and search instead for common mechanisms or risk factors that might cause all types of mental disorders. Duke researchers have now linked specific differences in the cerebellum and pons to many types of mental illness.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Duke University

Contact: Kara Manke
kara.manke@duke.edu
919-681-8064
Duke University

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Nature Communications
Group works toward devising topological superconductor
A team led by Cornell physics associate professor Eun-Ah Kim has proposed a topological superconductor made from an ultrathin transition metal dichalcogenide that is a step toward quantum computing.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Tom Fleischman
tjf85@cornell.edu
607-255-9735
Cornell University

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media
Who are you on social media? New research examines norms of online personas
According to the Pew Research center, the majority of adults on the internet have more than one social networking profile on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Although the core purpose of these sites are similar -- to digitally connect with peers and loved ones -- new research conducted by researchers in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology and King's College in London, England, found users often adopt different personas unique to each social network.
National Science Foundation, Economic and Social Sciences Research Council

Contact: Erin Cassidy Hendrick
emc5045@psu.edu
Penn State

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Did you catch that? Robot's speed of light communication could protect you from danger
If you were monitoring a security camera and saw someone set down a backpack and walk away, you might pay special attention -- especially if you had been alerted to watch that particular person. According to Cornell University researchers, this might be a job robots could do better than humans, by communicating at the speed of light and sharing images.
Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Daryl Lovell
dal296@cornell.edu
607-592-3925
Cornell University

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Journal of Archaeological Science
Precision chronology sheds new light on the origins of Mongolia's nomadic horse culture
According to new research, nomadic horse culture -- famously associated with Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes -- can trace its roots back more than 3,000 years in the eastern Eurasian Steppes, in the territory of modern Mongolia.
National Science Foundation, Fulbright US Student Program, National Geographic

Contact: Dr. William Taylor
taylor@shh.mpg.de
49-364-168-6724
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
So you think you can secure your mobile phone with a fingerprint?
No two people are believed to have identical fingerprints, but researchers have found that partial similarities between prints are common enough that the fingerprint-based security systems used in electronic devices can be more vulnerable than previously thought. The vulnerability lies in the fact that fingerprint-based authentication systems feature small sensors that store partial fingerprints. The researchers found there could be enough similarities among different people's partial prints that one could create a 'MasterPrint.'
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kathleen Hamilton
kathleen.hamilton@nyu.edu
646-997-3792
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Journal of Controlled Release
New method could deliver DNA-based vaccines in pill form
An oral-delivery method for DNA-based vaccinations and cancer-treating gene therapies would help make the medications more widely available. Nebraska researchers combined a corn-based protein and a derivative from shrimp shells to create an ingestible pill form for engineered genes and virus-derived DNA.
Nebraska Research Initiative, National Science Foundation, NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, US Department of Agriculture, American Heart Association

Contact: Angela Pannier
apannier2@unl.edu
402-472-0896
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Ant agricultural revolution began 30 million years ago in dry, desert-like climate
Millions of years before humans discovered agriculture, ants were farming fungus beneath the surface of the Earth. By tracing their evolutionary history, scientists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History have learned about a key transition in their agricultural evolution. This transition allowed the ants to achieve higher levels of complexity in farming, rivaling the agricultural practices of humans. Scientists report that this transition likely occurred when farming ants began living in dry climates.
Smithsonian Institution, National Science Foundation

Contact: Ryan Lavery
laveryr@si.edu
202-633-0826
Smithsonian

Public Release: 10-Apr-2017
Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences
Social media tools can reinforce stigma and stereotypes
Researchers have developed new software to analyze social media comments, and used this tool in a recent study to better understand attitudes that can cause emotional pain, stigmatize people and reinforce stereotypes. In comments about Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia they found that 51 percent of tweets by private users of Twitter accounts contained stigma.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Karen Hooker
hookerk@oregonstate.edu
541-737-4336
Oregon State University

Public Release: 10-Apr-2017
Journal of Experimental Biology
Researchers at Stanford create new method for recording bird flight in 3-D
Researchers in the Lentink lab developed a new way to record wing shape during bird flight in 3-D. This high-resolution, high-speed, automated reconstruction method could be applied to any studies of movement.
National Science Foundation, Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology, US Army Research Laboratory

Contact: Taylor Kubota
tkubota@stanford.edu
650-724-7707
Stanford University

Public Release: 10-Apr-2017
UMass Amherst tick testing lab joins national ecology tracking project
The LMZ at UMass Amherst earned a two-year, renewable contract for up to $112,000 per year to test several thousand ticks for six bacterial and one protozoan pathogen using DNA-based assays. UMass Amherst microbiology professor and LMZ director Stephen Rich says these tests will detect the pathogens that cause Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis, among others.
Battelle, National Science Foundation

Contact: Janet Lathrop
jlathrop@umass.edu
413-545-0444
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Public Release: 10-Apr-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Rice U. scientists add to theory about Huntington's mechanism
A balancing act between two terminal sequences in the huntingtin protein plays a role in the complex mechanism behind Huntington's disease, according to Rice University scientists.
National Science Foundation, NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences

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

Public Release: 10-Apr-2017
Nature Ecology & Evolution
Forget sponges: The earliest animals were marine jellies
One of the longest-running controversies in evolutionary biology has been, 'What was the oldest branch of the animal family tree?' Was it the sponges, as had long been thought, or was it the delicate marine predators called comb jellies? A powerful new method has been devised to settle contentious phylogenetic tree-of-life issues like this and it comes down squarely on the side of comb jellies.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, DOE/Office of Science, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Institutes of Health

Contact: David F Salisbury
david.salisbury@vanderbilt.edu
615-343-6803
Vanderbilt University

Public Release: 10-Apr-2017
Journal of Archaeological Science
Food webs entangle humans in complex relationships with animals, crops and the environment
Reconstructed food webs from the Ancestral Puebloan southwestern United States show the complexity and interconnectedness of humans, other animals, crops and the environment, in an area of uncertain climate and resources, according to researchers, who think climate change and human decisions then, may shed light on future human choices.
National Science Foundation, Chateaubriand Fellowship

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
aem1@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State

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