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A first study has shown how an animal society actively reorganizes itself to reduce the spread of disease. Generally speaking, high population density in a geographical region is the biggest factor which contributes to faster spread of a disease. When...
The complete human genome sequence of the two X chromosomes and autosomes from the female tissue derived cell line has been completed. This includes the 8% of the genome sequence that was missing in the original draft that was...
Scientists have excavated the largest dinosaur fossil which would have been the largest terrestrial animal on our planet. A team of scientists from South Africa, UK and Brazil led by University of Witwatersrand have discovered a fossil of a new...
The ambitious mission of replicating the human brain onto a computer and achieving immortality. Multiple research shows that we could well imagine a future where infinite number of humans can upload their minds to the computer thus having an actual...
A new breakthrough study has shown how we could restore our cell’s functionality and tackle the unwanted effects of ageing Ageing is a natural and an inevitable process because no living being is immune to it. Ageing is one of...
The double-helix structure of DNA was first discovered and reported in the journal Nature in April 1953 by Rosalind Franklin (1). However, she did not get the Nobel prize for the discovery of double helix structure of DNA. The...
Study shows gene editing technique to protect one’s descendants from inheritable diseases A study published in Nature has shown for the first time that a human embryo can be corrected at a very early stage of embryonic development by a gene-editing (also...
In a breakthrough study, first primates have been successfully cloned using the same technique used to clone the first mammal Dolly the sheep. The first ever primates have been cloned using a method called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), the technique which...
Brown fat is said to be “good". It is known that it plays an important role in thermogenesis and maintains body temperature when exposed to cold conditions. An increase in amount of BAT and/or its activation has been shown...
Gingko trees lives for thousands years by evolving compensatory mechanisms to maintain a balance between growth and ageing. Ginkgo biloba, a deciduous gymnosperm tree native to China is known commonly as health supplement and as herbal medicine. It is also known...
Study shows for the first time healthy mouse offspring born from same sex parents – in this case mothers. The biological aspect of why mammals need two opposite genders to procreate has intrigued researchers for very long. Scientists are trying...
TMPRSS2 is an important drug target to develop anti-viral drugs against COVID-19. MM3122 is a lead candidate that has shown promising result in vitro and in animal models.   Hunt is on for discovering novel anti-viral drugs against COVID-19, a disease that has...
LZTFL1 expression causes high levels of TMPRSS2, by inhibiting EMT (epithelial mesenchymal transition), a developmental response involved in wound healing and recovery from disease. In a similar manner to TMPRSS2, LZTFL1 represents a potential drug target that can be utilized to...
A new, complete dataset of comprehensive functional trait for all birds, called AVONET, containing measurements of more than 90,000 individual birds has been released courtesy an international effort. This would serve as an excellent resource for teaching and research...
Adult frogs have been shown for the first time to regrow amputated legs marking it as a breakthrough for organ regeneration. Regeneration means re-growing a damaged or missing part of an organ from residual tissue. Adult humans can successfully regenerate...
A groundbreaking study has discovered a novel way to rejuvenate inactive human senescent cells providing enormous potential for research on ageing and immense scope for improving lifespans A team led by Professor Lorna Harries at University of Exeter, UK1 has shown...
Scientists have revived pigs brain four hours after its death and kept alive outside the body for several hours Of all organs, brain is most susceptible to continuous supply of blood to meet its immense non- stop requirement of oxygen...
Compounds have been identified which could prevent malaria parasites from infecting mosquitos, thereby stopping the spread of malaria. Malaria is a global burden and it claims 450,000 lives each year globally. The main symptoms of malaria include high fevers, chills...
Thiomargarita magnifica, the biggest bacteria have evolved to acquire complexity, becoming of eukaryotic cells. This seems to challenge the traditional idea of a prokaryote. It was in 2009 when scientists had a strange encounter with microbial diversity that exists in...
Some microbes in the deep-sea produce oxygen in a hitherto unknown way. In order to generate energy, the archaea species ‘Nitrosopumilus maritimus’ oxidises ammonia, in presence of oxygen, to nitrate. But when researchers sealed the microbes in airtight containers, without...
The bird is native to Asia and Africa and its food consists of insects such as ants, wasps and honey bees. Known for its bright plumage and long central tail feathers.
In a bid to control the mosquito borne diseases, first genetically modified mosquitoes have been released in the United States in the state of Florida after a long arduous wait with respect to push back from people and the...
‘Several questions about origin of life have been answered, but much remains to be studied’’ said Stanley Miller and Harold Urey way back in 1959 after reporting laboratory synthesis of amino acids in primitive earth conditions. Many advances down...
Unlocking the genetic information of a fern could provide us potential solutions to multiple issues faced by our planet today. In genome sequencing, DNA sequencing is done to determine the order of nucleotides in every specific DNA molecule. This exact...
Success in mapping the complete neural network of male and female worms is an important progress towards understanding function of the nervous system. Our nervous system is an intricate connection of nerves and special cells called neurons which transmit signals...

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