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Research Round-Up: Tardigrades’ genes help them survive extreme conditions; Women and children also exposed to hunting-related pathogens; Isotopes in Neolithic cattle teeth suggest a variety of herding strategies

Research Round-Up: Tardigrades’ genes help them survive extreme conditions; Women and children also exposed to hunting-related pathogens; Isotopes in Neolithic cattle teeth suggest a variety of herding strategies

Tardigrades’ genes help them survive extreme conditions Tardigrades are microscopic animals that can withstand complete dehydration, resurrecting years later when water is again available. To investigate the genes underlying their extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions, researchers analyzed the…
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Research Round-Up: Fruit flies can grow resistant to CRISPR gene drives; Google searches can help track dengue outbreaks; Risk of hantavirus estimated to increase in Brazil

Research Round-Up: Fruit flies can grow resistant to CRISPR gene drives; Google searches can help track dengue outbreaks; Risk of hantavirus estimated to increase in Brazil

Fruit flies demonstrate increasing resistance to CRISPR gene drives Gene drives using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology aim to spread new genes within a natural population in efforts to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases and control invasive species. However, this…
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Research Round-Up: Researchers track Leishmania parasite in Brazil; Europe and China have a high burden of traumatic brain injuries; Bacterium promotes development of colorectal cancer

Research Round-Up: Researchers track Leishmania parasite in Brazil; Europe and China have a high burden of traumatic brain injuries; Bacterium promotes development of colorectal cancer

Dogs, wild animals and sand flies in protected area in Brazil carry Leishmania parasite Infected sand flies can transmit the Leishmania parasite through their bites, potentially leading to leishmaniasis, a parasitic infection that can be fatal to humans. This infection…
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Research Round-Up: First Chikungunya-infected mosquito found in Brazil; Coronary artery disease genes may aid childbearing; Sleep-wake rhythms vary widely

Research Round-Up: First Chikungunya-infected mosquito found in Brazil; Coronary artery disease genes may aid childbearing; Sleep-wake rhythms vary widely

Sleep-wake rhythms vary widely among individuals and between age groups Our circadian systems synchronize with light and darkness in the environment, giving rise to chronotypes: individual rhythms in physiology, cognition and behavior. In a new PLOS ONE study, researchers analyzed…
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Research Round-Up: H7N9 bird flu mutations could enable spread between humans; New Brazilian species of ancient carnivorous mammal-like reptile; Genetic variants linked to higher BMI may protect against Parkinson’s

Research Round-Up: H7N9 bird flu mutations could enable spread between humans; New Brazilian species of ancient carnivorous mammal-like reptile; Genetic variants linked to higher BMI may protect against Parkinson’s

H7N9 bird flu mutations could enable spread between humans In a new PLOS Pathogens study, researchers analyzed genome mutations that could occur in the H7N9 strain of avian influenza, which occasionally infects individual people but does not spread between humans.…
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Research Roundup: Sanitation access linked to child health; Female Steller sea lions breed at their birthplaces; New tool automatically identifies overdue datasets

Research Roundup: Sanitation access linked to child health; Female Steller sea lions breed at their birthplaces; New tool automatically identifies overdue datasets

Sanitation access linked to child health Around 1 billion people lack basic sanitation access, such as latrines, subjecting them to increased fecal contamination. This increases the risk of transmission of diseases, including parasitic worms. A meta-analysis of health survey data…
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