Source identification of H7N9 influenza virus causing human infections

In March 2013, a novel H7N9 influenza virus was identified in China as the etiological agent of a flu-like disease in humans, resulting in some deaths. A group of scientists, led by Professor Chen Hualan (National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory, State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Biotechnology, Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences) […]

Soya Beans keep you looking young

Several scientists now say that, apart from their helping people stay fit and healthy, soya beans can help keep wrinkles at a distance.

New strain of E. Coli Bacteria produces… Diesel on demand

It sounds like science fiction but a team from the University of Exeter, with support from Shell, has developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand. While the technology still faces many significant commercialisation challenges, the diesel, produced by special strains of E. coli bacteria, is almost identical to conventional diesel fuel and […]

Stem cells transplanted in mice heal their neurological problems

A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has recently gone public with the news that they have succeeded in healing several neurological deficits in mice with the help of human embryonic stem cells.

‘Living fossil’ Coelacanth genome sequenced

The genetic secrets of a “living fossil” have been revealed by scientists.

Elusive 3-D structure of Telomerase enzyme mapped, Is key actor in Cancer, Aging

Like finally seeing all the gears of a watch and how they work together, researchers from UCLA and UC Berkeley have, for the first time ever, solved the puzzle of how the various components of an entire telomerase enzyme complex fit together and function in a three-dimensional structure.

Cthulhu dwells inside the guts of termites!?

A study recently published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE documents the presence of Cthulhu inside the guts of termites. As researchers explain, Cthulhu is actually quite useful to the termites, meaning that it helps them better digest the wood they gulp down on a daily basis.

New Way to Lose Weight? Changing Microbes in Guts of Mice Resulted in Rapid Weight Loss

Scientists at Harvard may have new hope for anyone who’s tried to fight the weight battle.

All blue-eyed humans have a single, common ancestor

New research shows that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. A team at the University of Copenhagen have tracked down a genetic mutation which took place 6-10,000 years ago and is the cause of the eye colour of all blue-eyed humans alive on the planet today.

Picture of the Day: Live Cyanobacteria

Picture of the Day: The Ebola Virus

The Ebola virus and it’s close relative the Marburg virus are members of the Filoviridae family. These viruses are the causative agents of severe hemorrhagic fever, a disease with a fatality rate of up to 90%. The Ebola virus infects mainly the capillary endothelium and several types of immune cells. The symptoms of Ebola infection […]

New teeth growing from gum cells

Growing new teeth may someday be a viable alternative to dentures. A new study has successfully created lab-grown teeth by combining human gum cells with stem cells from embryonic mice. The mouse stem cells, extracted from embryos, were specially raised to be “inducing”—that is, able to instruct other cells to start growing into a tooth. […]

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