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      December 2, 2020

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      Scientists have discovered that young alligators have the ability to regrow their tails up to three-quarters of a foot -- about 18 percent of their total body length. The ...
      Like humans who can instantly tell which friend or relative is calling by the timbre of the person's voice, zebra finches have a near-human capacity for ...
      Scientists have generated a huge true random number using DNA synthesis. It is the first time that a number of this magnitude has been created by ...
      Massive explosions of energy happening thousands of light-years from Earth may have left traces in our planet's biology and geology, according to ...
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      Molecular 'Barcode' Helps Decide Which Sperm Will Reach an Egg

      A protein called CatSper1 may act as a molecular 'barcode' that helps determine which sperm cells will make it to an egg and which are eliminated along the ...

      CRISPR Tagging Improves Accuracy of Model Cells Grown from Stem Cells

      CRISPR tags are being used to identify all of the transcription factors necessary to turn a pluripotent stem cell into a suitable adult cell for research, and possible future cell therapies. An ...

      Scientists Discover Role of Protein in Detecting the Common Cold Virus

      The role of a protein in detecting the common cold virus and kickstarting an immune response to fight infection has been uncovered by a team of ...

      Tweaking Carotenoid Genes Helps Tomatoes Bring Their A-Game

      Researchers led by the University of Tsukuba demonstrated that Target-AID gene editing technology can be used to simultaneously introduce single-base changes into multiple genes in tomatoes. Using ...

      Octogenarian Snapper Found Off Australia Becomes Oldest Tropical Reef Fish by Two Decades

      An 81-year-old midnight snapper caught off the coast of Western Australia has taken the title of the oldest tropical reef fish recorded anywhere in the world. The octogenarian fish was found at the ...

      Researchers Develop Customized Targeting of Bacteria Using Lysins

      Researchers have developed a method to produce engineered lysins that can be used to selectively kill bacteria of interest while leaving others unharmed. The discovery presents a promising ...

      New Research Reveals 'Megatrends' That Will Affect Forests in the Next Decade

      A group of experts from academic, governmental and international organisations have identified five large-scale 'megatrends' affecting forests and forest communities. These are likely to ...

      Chemical Memory in Plants Affects Chances of Offspring Survival

      Researchers have uncovered the mechanism that allows plants to pass on their 'memories' to offspring, which results in growth and developmental ...

      Plants on Aspirin

      For centuries humans were using willow barks to treat a headache or an inflamed tooth. Later, the active ingredient, the plant hormone salicylic acid, was used to develop painkillers like Aspirin. ...

      Pets, Touch and COVID-19: Why Our Furry Friends Are Lifesavers

      A new study points to the lifesaving role that pets have played in 2020 and why governments need to sit up and take ...

      Warning Signs Over Effectiveness of HIV 'Wonder Drug' in Sub-Saharan Africa

      Dolutegravir, the current first-line treatment for HIV, may not be as effective as hoped in sub-Saharan Africa, suggests new research published on World AIDS Day. The study finds that this so-called ...

      New Device Offers Faster Way to Detect Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

      A new device for faster testing of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been ...

      'Anti-Antibiotic' Allows for Use of Antibiotics Without Driving Resistance

      An inexpensive, FDA-approved drug -- cholestyramine -- taken in conjunction with an antibiotic prevents the antibiotic from driving antimicrobial resistance, according to new ...

      Scientists Uncover the Mysterious Origin of Canal Grass in Panama

      How did canal grass arrive in Panama? Scientists compared the DNA of sugar cane relatives from around the world to find ...

      Microfluidic System With Cell-Separating Powers May Unravel How Novel Pathogens Attack

      To develop effective therapeutics against pathogens, scientists need to first uncover how they attack host cells. An efficient way to conduct these investigations on an extensive scale is through ...

      The 'Smell' of Coral as an Indicator of Reef Health

      A study conducted in the southern Great Barrier Reef reveals the chemical diversity of emissions from healthy corals. The researchers found that across the reef-building coral species studied on ...

      The Wily Octopus: King of Flexibility

      Octopuses have the most flexible appendages known in nature, according to a new study. In addition to being soft and strong, each of the animal's eight arms can bend, twist, elongate and shorten ...

      Plastic Contaminants Harm Sea Urchins

      Plastics in the ocean can release chemicals that cause deformities in sea urchin larvae, new research ...

      Future Brahmaputra River Flooding as Climate Changes May Be Underestimated, Study Says

      A new study looking at seven centuries of water flow in south Asia's mighty Brahmaputra River suggests that scientists are underestimating the river's potential for catastrophic flooding as ...

      Black Bear Gut Biome Surprisingly Simple

      In recent decades, researchers have found that most mammals' guts are surprisingly complex environments - home to a variety of microbial ecosystems that can profoundly affect an animal's ...

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