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Pausing evolution makes bioproduction of chemicals affordable and efficient

Reported by Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily

Circumventing evolution in cell factories can pave the way for commercializing new biobased chemicals to large-scale....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:50:34 EST

In living color: Brightly-colored bacteria could be used to 'grow' paints and coatings

Reported by Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily

Researchers have unlocked the genetic code behind some of the brightest and most vibrant colors in nature. The article is the first study of the genetics of structural color -- as seen in butterfly wings and peacock feathers -- and paves the way for geneti...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:50:22 EST

Biodiversity loss raises risk of 'extinction cascades'

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New research shows that the loss of biodiversity can increase the risk of 'extinction cascades', where an initial species loss leads to a domino effect of further extinctions....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:50:19 EST

Plants colonized Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought

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A new study on the timescale of plant evolution has concluded that the first plants to colonize the Earth originated around 500 million years ago -- 100 million years earlier than previously thought....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:50:15 EST

Some viruses produce insulin-like hormones that can stimulate human cells -- and have potential to cause disease

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Scientists have identified four viruses that can produce insulin-like hormones that are active on human cells. The discovery brings new possibilities for revealing biological mechanisms that may cause diabetes or cancer....
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:50:12 EST

First video of 'Dumbo' octopod hatchling shows that they look like mini-adults

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Researchers who've gotten the first look at a deep-sea 'dumbo' octopod hatchling report that the young octopods look and act much like adults from the moment they emerge from an egg capsule. Dumbo octopods are so named because their fins resemble Dumbo the...
  • By: Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily
  • On: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:48:00 EST