Section: Biology

Two parasitic wasp species show similar memory consolidation patterns in response to rewards of different quality, providing evidence that the reward value affects the type of memory that is consolidated.


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In evaluating the bioactive compounds of Illinois blueberry and blackberry wines, scientists have found compounds that inhibit enzymes responsible for carbohydrate absorption and assimilation. And that could mean a tasty way to help people with diabete…


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Scientists have sequenced the genome of one of the iconic Galapagos finches first described by Charles Darwin. he genome of the medium ground finch (Geospiza fortis) is among the first of a planned 100 genomes of vertebrate species to be sequenced and …


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Birds of a feather flock together and — according to a new analysis — so do their lice. A study of the genetic heritage of avian feather lice indicates that their louse ancestors first colonized a particular group of birds (ducks or songbirds, for ex…


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A new study shows that if you’re a juvenile moose trying to make it in the real world, you can’t beat an overprotective mom.


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Researchers report the development of a mouse model of Fukuyama’s muscular dystrophy that copies the pathology seen in the human form of the disease.


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Genome of diploid cotton sequenced

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Scientists have completed the genome sequence and analysis of a diploid cotton — Gossypium raimondii.


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Conservation is concerned with the preservation of biological diversity at all levels, from genes to species, communities and ecosystems.  Yet conserving this biological richness is made difficult because it varies in complex ways at different scales …


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Contrary to previous studies, new research shows that a method called blast chilling can affect pork tenderness. This discovery could change pork production and consumer choices at the grocery store.


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Formosan subterranean termites could be in for a real headache. Scientists have identified species of roundworms, or “nematodes,” that invade the termite brains and offer a potential bio-based approach to controlling them.


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Anthrax targets

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A trawl of the genome of the deadly bacterium Bacillus anthracis has revealed a clutch of targets for new drugs to combat an epidemic of anthrax or a biological weapons attack. The targets are all proteins that are found in the bacteria but not in huma…


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The forests of the coastal regions from California to British Columbia are renowned for their unique and ancient animals and plants, such as coast redwoods, tailed frogs, mountain beavers and the legendary Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch). Whereas Big…


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