biological processes

Man-made photosynthesis to boost food output


February 19th, 2012 - 2:58 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb19 (IANS) Photosynthesis, one of the most powerful biological processes on earth, permits plants to convert solar energy into food and fuel, but with only one percent efficiency. Richard ... Read more...

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Upsetting bio-clocks causes brain degeneration, early death


January 11th, 2012 - 4:19 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 11 (IANS) Upsetting circadian rhythms, the bio-clocks found in animals and humans, can cause brain degeneration, loss of motor function and premature death. Until this finding, it wasn't ... Read more...

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Separation at birth triggers genomic changes in kids


December 6th, 2011 - 5:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 6 (IANS) Children who feel the pangs of separation from parents at birth and are brought up in orphanages undergo genetic changes, reveals a study. "Our study shows ... Read more...

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Intake of sleeping pills can be fatal


November 24th, 2011 - 12:50 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 24 (IANS) A recent study found those who took sleeping tablets were 36 percent more likely to die at any given time than others.In the study American researchers ... Read more...

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Tweaking plants’ bio-clock can revolutionise food output


September 4th, 2011 - 3:23 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 4 (IANS) Tweaking the biological clock of plants could make global food shortages a thing of the past. "Farmers are limited by the seasons, but by understanding the ... Read more...

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Casting vote causes stress hormone levels to shoot up


July 6th, 2011 - 4:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 6 (IANS) Voting in elections is stressful, even to a point of causing hormonal changes among voters. The level of cortisol -- a hormone released when a person ... Read more...

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Newly identified spider toxin may help treat pain, human diseases


March 10th, 2011 - 2:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 10 (ANI): Researchers from the University of California have discovered that a newly identified spider toxin may help uncover novel ways of treating pain and human diseases.Spider venom toxins are ... Read more...

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New microscope helps create dazzling 3-D movies of live cells


March 5th, 2011 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 5 (ANI): Scientists at Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus have invented a new microscope that will let researchers use an exquisitely thin sheet of light to peer ... Read more...

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Blocking rogue gene could stop cancer


January 25th, 2011 - 3:08 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 25 (IANS) In a major breakthrough, scientists have discovered that blocking a rogue gene with the right drugs could halt cancer in its tracks.The culprit gene, known as WWP2, attacks ... Read more...

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Scientists discover protein that arrests cancer-spreading enzyme


January 4th, 2011 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 4 (ANI): Scientists at The University of Texas have discovered a protein that arrests an enzyme that may worsen and spread cancer.They also found that the same deactivation of the ... Read more...

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Link between light signal and circadian rhythms discovered


December 30th, 2010 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 30 (ANI): Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have pinpointed the link between light signal and circadian rhythms.Aziz Sancar, and his colleagues have identified the genes ... Read more...

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Newly sequenced strawberry genome decoded


December 27th, 2010 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 27 (ANI): Better and tastier quality of strawberry and other crops in the family could be on their way as an international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of ... Read more...

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Genes linking puberty to body fat in women discovered


November 22nd, 2010 - 11:42 am ICT by ANI
London, Nov 22 (ANI): In a breakthrough research, scientists have discovered 30 new genes that control the age of sexual maturation in women.Many of these genes are also known to act on ... Read more...

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Apple or pear-shaped body? Blame it on your genes


October 11th, 2010 - 12:43 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 11 (IANS) Our propensity to be apple- or pear-shaped lies partly in our genes. And they shape female shaopes more than males one.A team from the Cambridge, Oxford ... Read more...

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Exposure to low doses of BPA alters mice ovaries


August 26th, 2010 - 6:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 26 (ANI): A new research showed that exposure to low doses of BPA altered gene expression in the fetal mouse ovary.Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in plastics for ... Read more...

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Scientists identify enzyme structure that activates disease-fighters


July 29th, 2010 - 6:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 29 (ANI): A team of scientists, which included two middle school students from Wisconsin, US, is reporting the first glimpse of the innermost structure of a key bacterial enzyme.It ... Read more...

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Gulf oil dispersants don’t seem to disrupt marine life, say scientists


July 22nd, 2010 - 2:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 22 (ANI): Scientists have claimed that eight of the most commonly used oil dispersants used to fight oil spills appear unlikely to act as endocrine disruptors - hormone-like substances that ... Read more...

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New clue into cellular aging identified


July 8th, 2010 - 1:57 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 8 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have found a new clue about the molecular and cellular processes governing aging.The discovery could help delay the onset ... Read more...

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Stop dissection of animals: Rahul Bose


June 20th, 2010 - 7:39 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) Actor and activist Rahul Bose has urged the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to support a ban on the dissection of animals in the zoology classes in ... Read more...

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Novel sperm stem-cell technique helps produce genetically modified rats


May 28th, 2010 - 12:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 28 (ANI): Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have used a novel sperm stem-cell technique to produce genetically modified rats.For 20 years, the laboratory mouse has been the workhorse of ... Read more...

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Ocean acidification intensifying: Study


April 23rd, 2010 - 6:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 23 (ANI): Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are causing ocean acidification to progress at an unprecedented rate, a new American research has found.According to the summary of a congressionally requested study ... Read more...

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Researchers present global map of human gene expression


April 9th, 2010 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 9 (IANS) Just as members of an orchestra are active at different times although playing the same piece of music, every cell in our body contains the same genetic sequence ... Read more...

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Aging gene could help alter immunity in humans


April 3rd, 2010 - 4:57 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 3 (IANS) Scientists have discovered that study of a gene called DAF-16 which is found in many animals, including humans, could open up new avenues for altering ageing, immunity ... Read more...

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Fruit fly uses same mechanisms as humans to regulate cholesterol, fat


December 3rd, 2009 - 5:38 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 3 (ANI): Fruit flies use the same molecular mechanisms as humans to help maintain proper balances of cholesterol and a key form of stored fat that contributes to obesity, two ... Read more...

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Smoking may increase Lou Gehrig’s disease risk


November 17th, 2009 - 4:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 17 (ANI): Smoking can increase a person's risk of developing Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, say researchers.Lead researcher and neurologist Dr. Carmel Armon, from Baystate ... Read more...

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Novel synthetic molecules boost immune response to HIV and prostate cancer


November 6th, 2009 - 4:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 6 (ANI): Synthetic molecules developed by researchers at Yale University could enhance the body's immune response to HIV and HIV-infected cells, and prostate cancer cells.The findings by Yale researchers ... Read more...

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Nighttime alertness probed


August 27th, 2009 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 27 (ANI): A new study, conducted by researchers in the U.S., has shown that the circadian system is not the only pathway involved in determining alertness at night - red ... Read more...

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Scientists shed new light on biological processes involved in cell death


August 14th, 2009 - 3:39 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 14 (ANI): In what may eventually lead to the development of new treatments for many diseases and conditions, scientists in the UK have made an important advance in understanding the ... Read more...

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Just a handful of genetic changes behind childhood acute myeloid leukaemia


July 28th, 2009 - 5:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 28 (ANI): A new piece of research suggests that only a few genetic changes are responsible for childhood acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).Researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital say ... Read more...

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Now, scientists to hunt for aliens by analyzing reflected light


June 15th, 2009 - 2:31 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 15 (ANI): A new technique for detecting signs of life on distant planets by analyzing reflected light could soon lead astronomers to extra-terrestrial life.According to a report in the Telegraph, ... Read more...

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New telescope improves chances of finding aliens


June 11th, 2009 - 1:37 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 11 (ANI: Astronomers, using the William Herschel Telescope (WHT) on La Palma have confirmed an effective way to search the atmospheres of planets for signs of life, vastly improving our ... Read more...

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Global warming of 7 degree Celsius could kill billions of people this century


May 21st, 2009 - 1:54 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 21 (ANI): A new research has suggested that global temperatures could rise by more than 7 degree Celsius this century, killing billions of people and leaving the world on the ... Read more...

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Heat-tolerant coral reefs may survive global warming


May 21st, 2009 - 1:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 21 (ANI): Stanford University scientists have found evidence that some coral reefs are adapting to the climate change and may actually survive global warming."Corals are certainly threatened by environmental ... Read more...

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Now, nanoneedle to help examine biological processes of living cells


April 29th, 2009 - 5:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 29 (ANI): Researchers from University of Illinois have developed a nanoneedle that will help in examining biological processes occurring within living cells."Nanoneedle-based delivery is a powerful new tool for studying ... Read more...

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Revolutionary nano-needle can peer into a cell


April 29th, 2009 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 29 (IANS) A revolutionary nano-needle, developed by researchers, not only peers into individual cells, but also acts as electro-chemical probe and optical biosensor. "Nano-needle-based delivery is a powerful new tool ... Read more...

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