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Sweet-Smelling Locust Pheromone Could Be Key to Stopping Their Swarms

Scientists have identified the pheromone responsible for turning individual locusts into the swarming variety. They also found a way to “turn off” locusts’ ability to respond to this pheromone, in a breakthrough that could lead to new control strategies for preventing the spread of these voracious and extremely…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Genetics, Genetic Engineering, Pheromones, Locusts, Locust Swarms


Mammoth Biosciences lands exclusive license to new CRISPR proteins that could boost gene editing precision

CRISPR pioneer Mammoth Biosciences has secured an exclusive license to a new family of CRISPR proteins, from UC Berkeley, which covers R&D and commercialization across all potential fields. This is a significant addition to Mammoth’s intellectual property holdings, since this new family of CRISPR proteins, known as the Casɸ family, is roughly half the size of Cas9, the protein that effectively launched CRISPR to begin with. In CRISPR, size actually matters quite a lot – the smaller size of Ca...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Tech, Biotech, Uc-berkeley, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Jennifer Doudna, Mammoth Biosciences, Douda, Casɸ


What we are learning about Covid-19 and kids

As schools around the world prepare to reopen, new scientific evidence about children and coronavirus is coming to lightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBack in April, the French epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet found himself leading an investigation in the town of Crépy-en-Valois, a small community of 15,000 inhabitants just to the north-east of Paris. In February, the town’s middle and high schools had become the centre of a new outbreak of Covid-19.Fontanet and collea...
Tags: Science, Education, Biology, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Paris, Microbiology, Schools, Sars, Pasteur Institute, Arnaud Fontanet, Fontanet, Crepy en Valois, Coronavirus outbreak, north east of Paris


Revealed: UK's rapid Covid test not yet approved by regulators

Exclusive: no data on accuracy of this and other test bought by government has been published‘Wishful thinking’: dangers of UK hype during Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne of two 90-minute rapid coronavirus tests bought by the UK government and announced on Monday has yet to be approved by regulators, while no data on the accuracy of either has been published, the Guardian has learned.The test, from Oxford Nanopore, a young biotech company spun off from Oxf...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Oxford University, Oxford Nanopore, Coronavirus outbreak


Scientists follow the nose to solve mystery of long-necked reptile

Scans suggest Tanystropheus, which lived 242m years ago, lived in water, researchers sayThe mystery of an ancient reptile with a tremendously long neck has been solved, according to researchers who say the creature lived in the water.Fossils of the creature, known as Tanystropheus, were first unearthed in Germany around 150 years ago and further specimens have turned up over the decades, largely at Monte San Giorgio on the Swiss-Italian border. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Germany, Fossils, Palaeontology, Monte San Giorgio


Scientists revive 100-million-year-old microbes buried in the ocean floor

Researchers successfully revived ancient microbes, some more than 100 million years old, that were buried in the seafloor. During an expedition to the South Pacific Gyre, the scientists from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and their colleagues drilled into the ocean sediment almost 6,000 meters below the surface. “Our main question was whether life could exist in such a nutrient-limited environment or if this was a lifeless zone,” JAMSTEC senior scientist Y...
Tags: Post, Japan, Science, News, Biology, Bacteria, Oceans, Microbiology, Microbes, Oceanography, Yuki Morono, Morono, URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Steven -RSB- D'Hondt


In a First, Paleontologists Identify Cancer in a Dinosaur Fossil

A re-analysis of a shin bone belonging to a horned dinosaur from the Cretaceous period has revealed signs of a malignant tumor, in what’s considered a first for dinosaur paleontology.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Cancer, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Paleontology, Tumors, Dinosaur Fossils


Paleontologists Identify Cancer in a Dinosaur Fossil for the First Time

A re-analysis of a shin bone belonging to a horned dinosaur from the Cretaceous period has revealed signs of a malignant tumor, in what’s considered a first for dinosaur paleontology.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Cancer, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Paleontology, Tumors, Dinosaur Fossils


How Do People Actually 'Die From Old Age'?

Thousands are currently engaged in solving the problem of death. Maybe they’ll succeed, and out of sheer boredom I’ll reread this sentence when I’m 900 years old, reflecting fondly on the first wasted century of my life. In the meantime, billions are going to die—some from disease, some in freak accidents, and a…Read more...
Tags: Death, Science, Biology, Medicine, Old Age, Disease, Dying In Your Sleep, Dying Of Old Age


Cramped workplaces, parties … the factors fuelling local Covid-19 spikes

What have resurgences around the world taught us about how local clusters emerge?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt is not always possible to pinpoint the origin of a local spike in cases, particularly in countries like the UK, where the disease is still circulating at relatively significant levels.But in countries where overall caseloads are lower, and with rigorous test-and-trace schemes, it has been possible to pinpoint the factors that have sparked or fuelled loca...
Tags: South Korea, Hong Kong, UK, Science, Biology, Singapore, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Coronavirus outbreak


How Sperm 'Swim' May Be Nothing But an Optical Illusion

An international group of scientists say their latest research will upturn one of the earliest scientific discoveries ever made about human sperm. In a new paper out Friday, they seem to show that sperm cells don’t propel themselves by simply flicking their tails back and forth, as is commonly believed. Rather, sperm…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Sex, Sperm, Semen


Mammoth Biosciences’s CRISPR-based COVID-19 test receives NIH funding through RADx program

CRISPR tech startup Mammoth Biosciences is among the companies that revealed backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program on Friday. Mammoth received a contract to scale up its CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test in order to help address the testing shortages across the U.S. Mammoth’s CRISPR-based approach could potentially offer a significant solution to current testing bottlenecks, because it’s a very different kind of test when c...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Science, Biology, Funding, Tech, United States, Fda, Biotech, Nih, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, UCSF, GSK


Mammoth Biosciences’s CRISPR-based COVID-19 test receives NIH fundings through RADx program

CRISPR tech startup Mammoth Biosciences is among the companies that revealed backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Accleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program on Friday. Mammoth received a contract to scale up its CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test in order to help address the testing shortages across the U.S. Mammoth’s CRISPR-based approach could potentially offer a significant solution to current testing bottlenecks, because it’s a very different kind of test when co...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Articles, Tech, United States, Fda, Biotech, Nih, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, Startup Company, UCSF, GSK


Baldness and rashes? Experts split over unusual Covid-19 risk factors and symptoms

Academics analyse whether hair and hearing loss may also be linked to coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrom hearing loss and rashes, to being tall and bald, as the Covid-19 pandemic develops, a host of new symptoms and risk factors are being linked to the virus. We take a look at the evidence. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Fashion, Science, Biology, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Disability, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Beauty, Microbiology, Deafness And Hearing Impairment, Hair Loss, Coronavirus outbreak


Scientists successfully revive 100m-year-old microbes from the sea

Microbes had lain dormant at the bottom of the sea since the age of the dinosaurs Scientists have successfully revived microbes that had lain dormant at the bottom of the sea since the age of the dinosaurs, allowing the organisms to eat and even multiply after eons in the deep.Their research sheds light on the remarkable survival power of some of Earth’s most primitive species, which can exist for tens of millions of years with barely any oxygen or food before springing back to life in the lab. ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, Evolution, Fossils


Ancient Microbes Spring to Life After 100 Million Years Under the Seafloor

Scientists have revived microbes found deep beneath the seafloor in 100-million-year-old sediment, dramatically expanding our view of where life exists on Earth and for how long.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Earth, Microbiology, Microbes, Extremophiles, Seafloor Sediments


Soap dodger: meet the doctor who says we have been showering wrong

Hand-washing aside, James Hamblin has not used soap for five years. He warns that our obsession with being clean is harming the microbiome that keeps us healthyWhen James Hamblin tells people he has not used soap in the shower for five years, they tend not to hold back in expressing their disgust. “It’s one of the few remaining things for which we feel fine telling someone that they’re gross,” he says. “It’s amazing to me, honestly.”Yet despite people’s “clearly moralising judgments”, Hamblin is...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, US, Life and style, Society, Atlantic, Health & wellbeing, Microbiology, Yale School of Public Health, Hamblin, James Hamblin, Doogie Howser


Almost 3 billion animals affected by Australian bushfires, report shows

Exclusive: megafires ‘one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history’, say scientistsNearly 3 billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia’s devastating bushfire season of 2019 and 2020, according to scientists who have revealed for the first time the scale of the impact on the country’s native wildlife.The Guardian has learned that an estimated 143 million mammals, 180 million birds, 51 million frogs and a staggering 2.5 billion reptiles were affected by the fires that burned ac...
Tags: Science, Biology, Climate Change, Australia, Environment, World news, Australia news, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Bushfires


Almost 3 billion animals affected by Australian megafires, report shows

Exclusive: Bushfires ‘one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history’, say scientists Nearly 3 billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia’s devastating bushfire season of 2019 and 2020, according to scientists who have revealed for the first time the scale of the impact on the country’s native wildlife.The Guardian has learned that an estimated 143 million mammals, 180 million birds, 51 million frogs and a staggering 2.5 billion reptiles were affected by the fires that burned a...
Tags: Science, Biology, Climate Change, Australia, Environment, World news, Australia news, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Bushfires


Know sweat: scientists solve mystery behind body odour

University of York researchers trace the source of underarm aromas to a particular enzymeScientists have unravelled the mysterious mechanism behind the armpit’s ability to produce the pungent smell of body odour.Researchers at the University of York traced the source of underarm odour to a particular enzyme in a certain microbe that lives in the human armpit. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Microbiology, York, University of York


'Major' breakthrough in Covid-19 drug makes UK professors millionaires

Synairgen’s share price rises 540% on morning of news of successful drugs trialCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThree professors at the University of Southampton school of medicine have this week made a “major breakthrough” in the treatment of coronavirus patients and become paper millionaires at the same time.Almost two decades ago professors Ratko Djukanovic, Stephen Holgate and Donna Davis discovered that people with asthma and chronic lung disease lacked a protein ...
Tags: Business, UK, Science, Education, Biology, UK News, World news, Stock Markets, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Higher Education, Microbiology, University Of Southampton, Donna Davis, Coronavirus outbreak, Synairgen


Acquired taste: mosquitoes may evolve to favour humans over animals

Study of mosquitoes’ biting preferences reveals that urbanisation is shaping behaviour More species of mosquito may evolve to bite humans instead of other animals and spread disease because of urbanisation, according to a scientific study.While the vast majority of the 3,500 species of mosquito do not bite humans, scientists studied Aedes aegypti, an invasive species which has evolved a taste for humans, and become the primary spreader of infectious diseases including dengue and yellow fever. Co...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, Animal behaviour, Insects


New antibody mix could form 'very potent' Covid-19 treatment, say scientists

Researchers say development could lead to a coronavirus treatment that can be mass produced Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageResearchers have identified a potent cocktail of antibodies that may help doctors treat Covid-19 infections and protect people at risk from falling ill with the disease.The antibodies were collected from patients hospitalised with severe Covid-19, and they could be manufactured at scale by pharmaceutical firms and transfused into the blood to fig...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, World news, Medical Research, Coronavirus outbreak


Antibody mix trialled as potential coronavirus treatment

Scientists find promise of ‘very potent’ defence against Covid-19 that could be mass-producedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageResearchers have identified a potent cocktail of antibodies that may help doctors treat Covid-19 infections and protect people at risk from falling ill with the disease.The antibodies were collected from patients hospitalised with severe Covid-19, and they could be manufactured at scale by pharmaceutical firms and transfused into the blood to fi...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, World news, Medical Research, Coronavirus outbreak


First active leak of sea-bed methane discovered in Antarctica

Researchers say potent climate-heating gas almost certainly escaping into atmosphereThe first active leak of methane from the sea floor in Antarctica has been revealed by scientists.The researchers also found microbes that normally consume the potent greenhouse gas before it reaches the atmosphere had only arrived in small numbers after five years, allowing the gas to escape. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Microbiology, Antarctica


Researchers say blood test can detect cancer years before symptoms

Team based in China develop test that identifies cancers up to four years before signs appearA blood test can pick up cancers up to four years before symptoms appear, researchers say, in the latest study to raise hopes of early detection.A team led by researchers in China say the non-invasive blood test – called PanSeer – detects cancer in 95% of individuals who have no symptoms but later receive a diagnosis. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, China, Cancer, Medical Research, Cancer Research


UK secures deals for 90m doses of coronavirus vaccine

Government says agreements ensure Britain has best chance of protecting those at riskCoronavirus vaccine tracker: how close are we to a vaccine?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has signed deals for more than 90m doses of Covid-19 vaccine.BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and Sky News reported the government had secured an agreement for 30m doses of a drug being developed by BioNTech and the German firm Pfizer. The treatment is undergoing a phase two trial. Continue ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Biology, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pfizer, Sky News, BBC Radio, Gavin Williamson, BioNtech, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: UK plans millions of antibody tests after trial success - report

The finger-prick tests were found to be 98.6% accurate in secret human trials held in June, according to the Daily TelegraphCoronavirus latest updatesThe UK government is planning to distribute millions of free coronavirus antibody tests after successful secret trials, according to reports.The finger-prick tests, which can tell within 20 minutes if a person has ever been exposed to the coronavirus, were found to be 98.6% accurate in human trials held in June, the Daily Telegraph reported. Contin...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Daily Telegraph, Coronavirus outbreak


UK plans millions of coronavirus antibody tests after trial success - report

The finger-prick tests were found to be 98.6% accurate in secret human trials held in June, according to the Daily TelegraphCoronavirus latest updatesThe UK government is planning to distribute millions of free coronavirus antibody tests after successful secret trials, according to reports.The finger-prick tests, which can tell within 20 minutes if a person has ever been exposed to the coronavirus, were found to be 98.6% accurate in human trials held in June, the Daily Telegraph reported. Contin...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Daily Telegraph, Coronavirus outbreak


Everything You Need To Know About Viruses: A Quick Visual Explanation of Viruses in 9 Images

It’s a great time to tune in to what scientists are trying to tell us. It’s true that we’ve received a lot of conflicting information over the last four months with regard to how to best protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. Scientists and health care professionals have a learning curve, too. Their bulletins evolve as their understanding of the novel coronavirus grows, through research and hands-on experience. There are still a lot of unknowns. Some people take any evidence-bas...
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