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Fungus senses gravity using gene borrowed from bacteria

The pin mold fungus Phycomyces blakesleeanus forms a dense forest of vertically growing fruiting bodies, but how does it know which way is "up"? New research publishing 24 April in the open ...

17 hours ago from Phys.org

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Team discovers a new take on early evolution of photosynthesis

A team of scientists from Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences has begun re-thinking the evolutionary history of photochemical reaction centers (RCs). Their analysis was recently ...

21 hours ago from Phys.org

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Virulence switch in 'Iraqibacter': potential Achilles heel?

Microbiologists have identified a component of a genetic switch, which they call a potential "Achilles' heel", for a type of bacteria often associated with wounded warriors.

Mon 23 Apr 18 from Phys.org

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Antibiotic resistance can be caused by small amounts of antibiotics

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a growing problem in health care globally. To prevent further development of resistance, it is important to understand where and how antibiotic resistance in ...

Mon 23 Apr 18 from Phys.org

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E. coli's internal bomb may provide novel target for treatment strategy

Bacteria's internal bomb, the so-called toxin-antitoxin (TA) system that is part of the normal bacterial makeup, may be triggered to make bacteria turn on themselves, providing a valuable target ...

Sat 21 Apr 18 from Medical Xpress

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Researchers build DNA replication in a model synthetic cell

Researchers at Delft University of Technology, in collaboration with colleagues at the Autonomous University of Madrid, have created an artificial DNA blueprint for the replication of DNA in ...

Fri 20 Apr 18 from Phys.org

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Human protein important for cellular communication resembles bacterial toxin

A protein that plays an important role in embryonic development and nervous system wiring in humans appears to have been borrowed from bacteria. In a study published April 19, 2018, in Cell, ...

Thu 19 Apr 18 from Phys.org

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A new Listeria species from Costa Rica identified

Listeria costaricensis is the official name given to the new bacterial species described by investigators from the Costa Rican Institute of Technology (TEC) and the WHO-collaborating center ...

Wed 18 Apr 18 from Medical Xpress

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How does plant DNA avoid the ravages of UV radiation?

If the ultraviolet radiation from the sun damages human DNA to cause health problems, does UV radiation also damage plant DNA? The answer is yes, but because plants can't come in from the sun ...

Tue 17 Apr 18 from Phys.org

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Honeybees are struggling to get enough good bacteria

Modern monoculture farming, commercial forestry and even well-intentioned gardeners could be making it harder for honeybees to store food and fight off diseases, a new study suggests.

Tue 17 Apr 18 from Phys.org

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