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Modified experimental vaccine protects monkeys from deadly malaria

Reported by Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily

Researchers have modified an experimental malaria vaccine and showed that it completely protected four of eight monkeys that received it against challenge with the virulent Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasite. In three of the remaining four monkeys, the...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 22 May 2017 09:10:59 EDT

Triple play boosting value of renewable fuel could tip market in favor of biomass

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A new process triples the fraction of biomass converted to high-value products to nearly 80 percent, also tripling the expected rate of return for an investment in the technology from roughly 10 percent (for one end product) to 30 percent....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Fri, 19 May 2017 15:35:49 EDT

Insects resist genetic methods to control disease spread, study finds

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Insects possess a naturally occurring resistance to the use of gene-editing technology to prevent diseases such as malaria, new research shows....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Fri, 19 May 2017 15:14:41 EDT

Top 10 new species for 2017

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A spider and an ant with names drawn from popular books, a pink katydid and an omnivorous rat made ESF's list of the Top 10 New Species for 2017. Also listed: a freshwater stingray, a bush tomato that appears to "bleed," a devilish-looking orchid, a millip...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Fri, 19 May 2017 13:18:13 EDT

Environmental pollutants in large Norwegian lakes

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Scientists have discovered the presence of contaminants in the pelagic food chains in the lakes Mjøsa, Randsfjorden and Femunden in Norway, and in supplementary material of fish from Tyrifjorden and Vansjø, sampled in 2015. Mercury and persistent organi...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Fri, 19 May 2017 13:16:47 EDT

Engineered protein enlisted to battle the MERS virus

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Researchers converted a staple human ubiquitin protein into an anti-viral tool. Through subtle tweaks, they created an engineered version of the ubiquitin that binds more tightly and paralyzes a key enzyme in MERS to halt viral replication in cells. Other ...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Fri, 19 May 2017 12:40:38 EDT