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      December 3, 2020

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      Restoring a Rudimentary Form of Vision in the Blind

      Restoration of vision in blind people through a brain implant is on the verge of becoming reality. Recent discoveries show that newly developed high-resolution implants in the visual cortex make it ...

      The Same Vision for All Primates

      Primates process visual information similar to pixels in a digital camera, using small computing units located in their visual cortex. Scientists of the University of Geneva have investigated whether ...

      Incredible Vision in Ancient Marine Creatures Drove an Evolutionary Arms Race

      Ancient deep sea creatures called radiodonts had incredible vision that likely drove an evolutionary arms race according to new ...

      How Does the Spider Spin Its Self-Assembled Silk?

      Researchers report on a new model for spider silk assembly. The key to spider silk 'spinning' is a combination of acidification and a process known as liquid-liquid phase separation, or ...
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      Marine Mammals' Adaptations to Low Oxygen Offer New Perspective on COVID-19

      Humans are vulnerable to rapid damage in a wide range of tissues when oxygen levels drop due to the effects on the lungs and cardiovascular system of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. A new ...

      3D Protein Modeling Suggests Why COVID-19 Infects Some Animals, but Not Others

      Some animals are more susceptible to COVID-19 infection than others, and new research suggests this may be due to distinctive structural features of a protein found on the surface of animal ...

      Oral Drug Blocks SARS-CoV-2 Transmission, Researchers Find

      Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection with a new antiviral drug, MK-4482/EIDD-2801 or Molnupiravir, completely suppresses virus transmission within 24 hours, researchers have ...

      What Makes Certain Groups More Vulnerable to COVID-19?

      What makes the elderly and people with underlying conditions more vulnerable to COVID-19? According to a new study, clues can be found in the proteins involved in initiating infection, as the virus ...

      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 ...

      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 ...

      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. ...

      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 ...

      Chemical Compounds in Foods Can Inhibit a Key SARS-CoV-2 Enzyme, Study Finds

      Chemical compounds in foods or beverages like green tea, muscadine grapes and dark chocolate can bind to and block the function of a particular enzyme, or protease, in the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according ...

      Microbiota Linked to Dynamics of Human Immune System

      Researchers have uncovered an important finding about the relationship between the microbiota and the immune system, showing for the first time that the concentration of different types of immune ...

      Experimental Vaccine for Deadly Tickborne Virus Effective in Cynomolgus Macaques

      An experimental vaccine developed in Europe to prevent infection by Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) has protected cynomolgus macaques in a new collaborative study. The study comes about ...

      Caribbean Coral Reefs Under Siege from Aggressive Algae

      Human activity endangers coral health around the world. A new algal threat is taking advantage of coral's already precarious situation in the Caribbean and making it even harder for reef ...

      New Method Identifies Adaptive Mutations in Complex Evolving Populations

      A scientist has developed a method to study how HIV mutates to escape the immune system in multiple individuals, which could inform HIV vaccine ...

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