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Identifying enzyme's regioselectivity from an indicator diagram

This paper was part of my journal club recently. I touched upon LPMOs, short for Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenases, in my previous post that are basically oxidative enzymes. 369 more words


Analysing mangrove forest change using radar.

A recent study mapped the distribution and drivers of global mangrove forest change from 1996 to 2010 [1]. The study, published in PLoS ONE by members of the ALOS Kyoto & Carbon Initiative led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, investigated the drivers of mangrove land use and land cover change across the tropics using time-series L-band synthetic aperture radar sensors, particularly JER-1 SAR and ALOS/PALSAR mosaic data. 554 more words

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No, women do not absorb and retain DNA from every man they have sex with

Several websites published false stories this week on a “new study” that purported to show women “retain and carry living DNA from every man with whom they have sexual intercourse.” 943 more words


Physicists Confirm There’s a Second Layer of Information Hidden in Our DNA


Theoretical physicists have confirmed that it’s not just the information coded in our DNA that shapes who we are—it’s also the way DNA folds itself that controls which genes are expressed inside our bodies. 295 more words


Watched chimps change their hunting habits

Chimpanzees in Uganda may have changed their hunting strategy in response to being watched by scientists.

While studying the animals, researchers documented very different hunting habits of two closely neighbouring chimp “tribes”. 453 more words


Scientists Discover Method To 'Expand' Stem Cells In The Laboratory That Could Lead To New Cancer Treatments

Stem cells used in cell-based therapies have so far saved countless lives that may have otherwise been lost to cancer or birth defects. But such therapies are always subject to finding sufficient quantities of stem cells from a donor. 458 more words


Turning Urine Into Electricity Can Also Kill Pathogens in Wastewater

Fuel cells with microorganisms that feed on pee and generate electricity already sound like a pretty clever trick. It’s one of the emerging biotechnology solutions in a world that’s moving away from fossil fuels. 609 more words