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With Unique Data, Researchers Track the Impact of Brazil’s ‘Soy Moratorium’ on an Advancing Agricultural Frontier

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Research appearing in PLOS ONE suggests the 2006 Soy Moratorium had a larger effect in reducing deforestation in the Amazon than has been previously understood.

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Genes Associated with Resilience Against Brain Pathology Identified

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Researchers have discovered two genes, known as UNC5C and ENC1, that are associated with aging individuals having better memory and brain function than would be expected, given the amount of pathologies that accumulated in their brains.

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Diabetes App Forecasts Blood Sugar Levels

Glucoracle is a new app for people with type 2 diabetes that uses a personalized algorithm to predict the impact of particular foods on blood sugar levels.

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Peer Reviewed Publication Confirms the Absence of Rhabdovirus in Cell Line Used for Manufacturing of Flublok®

/PRNewswire/ -- Protein Sciences Corporation is pleased to announce the publication of its manuscript entitled "Complete Study Demonstrating the Absence of Rhabdovirus in a Distinct Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) Cell Line" in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, Volume 12 issue 4. The publication follows extensive testing of the parent cells from which Protein Sciences' proprietary expresSF+® (SF+) cell line is derived. The study confirms that a contaminating rhabdovirus previously reported in a related cell line is not present in SF+ cells. These results demonstrate that not all cell lines are equal even if they are derived from the same parent cell line and highlight the high quality of the SF+ cell lineage.

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Children at Greater Risk for Complications From Brown Recluse Spider Bites

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Medical complications of brown recluse spider bites are uncommon but they can be severe, particularly in children, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) reported today.

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For Keeping X Chromosomes Active, Chromosome 19 Marks the Spot

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After nearly 40 years of searching, Johns Hopkins researchers report they have identified a part of the human genome that appears to block an RNA responsible for keeping only a single X chromosome active when new female embryos are formed, effectively allowing for the generally lethal activation of more than one X chromosome during development.

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Conscious Sedation Is a Safe Alternative to General Anesthesia for Heart Valve Procedure

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UCLA scientists have found that conscious sedation — a type of anesthesia in which patients remain awake but are sleepy and pain-free — is a safe and viable option to general anesthesia for people undergoing a minimally invasive heart procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

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Financial Math May Help Build a Better HIV Vaccine

Using computational tools inspired by financial math models developed to predict changes in stock prices, University of Iowa researchers were able to accurately predict how different properties of the HIV surface protein (Env) evolved in the population of Iowa over the course of 30 years. The ability to predict such changes by testing a small number of patients could potentially allow tailoring of vaccines to the specific forms of HIV present in different populations worldwide.

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Control Pest Fungi in an Environmentally Friendly Way

The St. Gallen-based Empa biotech spin-off, MycoSolutions AG, has developed a new fungal product that improves the soil and controls pest fungi in an environmentally friendly way. Wooden poles remain in use much longer, leading to cost savings of millions for operators. A "Proof-of-Concept" is now available for the integrated wood preservation method.

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Male Jumping Spiders Court Whomever, Whenever; Females Decide Who Lives, Dies

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Male jumping spiders will try to mate with any female, but that lack of discretion could cost them their lives, says a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher.







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