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Double the risk of death! The problem with headline health statistics

HIV and AIDS - Thu, 2018-11-08 14:22
The way in which a statistic is presented can entirely change how alarming it sounds. And too often, both newspapers and scientific journals choose the most alarming, but least informative, way

There’s a dark side to self-control. Here’s why you should loosen up

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Thu, 2018-11-08 14:00
Willpower is the secret of success – or so we've been told. But too much can be bad for the body and mind. The trick is to know when to give in to temptation
Categories: Science and society

There’s a dark side to self-control. Here’s why you should loosen up

Genetics - Thu, 2018-11-08 14:00
Willpower is the secret of success – or so we've been told. But too much can be bad for the body and mind. The trick is to know when to give in to temptation
Categories: Biology

Ancient tribes of Scotland learned to write after contact with Romans

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Thu, 2018-11-08 09:00
The Picts lived in what is now Scotland 1700 to 1100 years ago – and new evidence suggests the enigmatic carvings they left behind are Roman-inspired writing
Categories: Science and society

Ancient tribes of Scotland learned to write after contact with Romans

Genetics - Thu, 2018-11-08 09:00
The Picts lived in what is now Scotland 1700 to 1100 years ago – and new evidence suggests the enigmatic carvings they left behind are Roman-inspired writing
Categories: Biology

Ancient tribes of Scotland learned to write after contact with Romans

HIV and AIDS - Thu, 2018-11-08 09:00
The Picts lived in what is now Scotland 1700 to 1100 years ago – and new evidence suggests the enigmatic carvings they left behind are Roman-inspired writing

EBP1: A crucial growth regulator downstream of receptor kinases across kingdoms

PLOS Biology (new articles) - Thu, 2018-11-08 00:00

by Martin Stegmann

Controlling organ growth and development is crucial for all multicellular organisms and is controlled by plasma membrane localized receptor kinases (RKs) across kingdoms, including animals and plants. A central RK in plants is FERONIA (FER), which perceives endogenous rapid alkalinization factor (RALF) peptides to regulate a plethora of biological responses, including growth and development. However, it remained largely unknown how RALF sensing by FER at the plasma membrane is translated into a nuclear response. A key step forward is presented by Li and colleagues, who show that FER increases ERBB3 binding protein 1 (EBP1) mRNA translation and directly phosphorylates EBP1 to shift its subcellular localization from the cytoplasm to the nucleus where it controls growth and development through its regulation of transcription. Importantly, EBP1 is described as a transcriptional and translational regulator in mammals by acting downstream of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling, suggesting that animals and plants use similar conserved pathways to fine-tune growth and development. Furthermore, this work highlights the importance of protein translation as a direct output of RK signaling, a mechanism that is largely unknown in plants.
Categories: Biology, Journals

Blood test can spot DNA from eight different types of cancer

HIV and AIDS - Wed, 2018-11-07 21:00
A blood test can detect if you have breast, bowel or other cancers by looking for characteristic tumour DNA fragments that have leaked into the circulation

Blood test can spot DNA from eight different types of cancer

Genetics - Wed, 2018-11-07 21:00
A blood test can detect if you have breast, bowel or other cancers by looking for characteristic tumour DNA fragments that have leaked into the circulation
Categories: Biology

Blood test can spot DNA from eight different types of cancer

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Wed, 2018-11-07 21:00
A blood test can detect if you have breast, bowel or other cancers by looking for characteristic tumour DNA fragments that have leaked into the circulation
Categories: Science and society

How worrying is it that more and more teens are using e-cigarettes?

HIV and AIDS - Wed, 2018-11-07 20:00
Many are alarmed by the fast-rising popularity of vaping among teenagers in the US. But experts are divided on whether e-cigarettes should be more tightly regulated

Brazil’s next president threatens the people and forests of the Amazon

HIV and AIDS - Wed, 2018-11-07 20:00
Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil’s presidential election could be a disaster for the Amazon, but his opponents can unite, say Mary Menton and Felipe Milanez

World’s first figurative art is of an unknown animal in Borneo

HIV and AIDS - Wed, 2018-11-07 20:00
A red animal painted on a cave wall in Borneo more than 40,000 years ago is the oldest drawing of a real-life object ever discovered

How worrying is it that more and more teens are using e-cigarettes?

Genetics - Wed, 2018-11-07 20:00
Many are alarmed by the fast-rising popularity of vaping among teenagers in the US. But experts are divided on whether e-cigarettes should be more tightly regulated
Categories: Biology

Brazil’s next president threatens the people and forests of the Amazon

Genetics - Wed, 2018-11-07 20:00
Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil’s presidential election could be a disaster for the Amazon, but his opponents can unite, say Mary Menton and Felipe Milanez
Categories: Biology

World’s first figurative art is of an unknown animal in Borneo

Genetics - Wed, 2018-11-07 20:00
A red animal painted on a cave wall in Borneo more than 40,000 years ago is the oldest drawing of a real-life object ever discovered
Categories: Biology

How worrying is it that more and more teens are using e-cigarettes?

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Wed, 2018-11-07 20:00
Many are alarmed by the fast-rising popularity of vaping among teenagers in the US. But experts are divided on whether e-cigarettes should be more tightly regulated
Categories: Science and society

Brazil’s next president threatens the people and forests of the Amazon

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Wed, 2018-11-07 20:00
Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil’s presidential election could be a disaster for the Amazon, but his opponents can unite, say Mary Menton and Felipe Milanez
Categories: Science and society

World’s first figurative art is of an unknown animal in Borneo

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Wed, 2018-11-07 20:00
A red animal painted on a cave wall in Borneo more than 40,000 years ago is the oldest drawing of a real-life object ever discovered
Categories: Science and society

Destroying a type of cloud may help stabilise climate change

HIV and AIDS - Wed, 2018-11-07 17:10
Wiping out high-altitude cirrus clouds might be the best way to artificially cool the climate by geoengineering the planet