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Do biofuel policies seek to cut emissions by cutting food?
A new study found that government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas savings.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:39:54 GMT

Recipe for antibacterial plastic: Plastic plus egg whites
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent study. The bioplastic materials could also be used for food packaging.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:39:54 GMT

Computational model simulates bacterial behavior
Applied mathematicians and environmental biotechnologists have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood clots to waste treatment systems.
Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily, Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:39:54 GMT

Do biofuel policies seek to cut emissions by cutting food?
(Princeton University) A study published in the journal Science found that government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas savings.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:39:54 GMT

NYU developing HIV antibodies and RNA test in a single POC
(New York University) NYU College of Dentistry has received a sub-award in the amount of $335,000 from a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from NIH to complete the development of a fully automated self-confirming assay that can simultaneously detect HIV/AIDS antibodies and viral RNA from the AIDS virus in a single specimen.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:39:54 GMT

Recipe for antibacterial plastic: Plastic plus egg whites
(University of Georgia) Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent study by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The bioplastic materials could also be used for food packaging.
EurekAlert! - Biology, Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:39:54 GMT

Chikungunya virus may be coming to a city near you -- learn the facts


The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston's Scott Weaver, globally recognized for his expertise in mosquito-borne diseases, has been studying chikungunya for more than 15 years.
The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus has been the subject of increasing attention as it spreads throughout South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. This painful and potentially debilitating disease is predicted to soon spread to the U.S.

Biology News Net, Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:39:55 GMT

New role uncovered for 'oldest' tumor suppressor gene

Scientists have revealed a brand new function for one of the first cancer genes ever discovered - the retinoblastoma gene - in a finding that could open up exciting new approaches to treatment.

Biology News Net, Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:39:55 GMT

HIV can spread early, evolve in patients' brains


This photo shows HIV, the AIDS virus (yellow), infecting a human immune cell.
The AIDS virus can genetically evolve and independently replicate in patients' brains early in the illness process, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have discovered. An analysis of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), a window into brain chemical activity, revealed that for a subset of patients HIV had started replicating within the brain within the first four months of infection. CSF in 30 percent of HIV-infected patients tracked showed at least transient signs of inflammation - suggesting an active infectious process - or viral replication within the first two years of infection. There was also evidence that the mutating virus can evolve a genome in the central nervous system that is distinct from that in the periphery.

Biology News Net, Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:39:55 GMT

Italian olive tree disease stumps EU
EU member states are divided on how to stop the spread of a disease affecting olive trees in Italy that could result in around a million being cut down, officials said Friday.
Phys.org: Biology News, Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:39:55 GMT

Researchers develop computational model to simulate bacterial behavior
University of Notre Dame applied mathematician Mark Alber and environmental biotechnologist Robert Nerenberg have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood clots to waste treatment systems.
Phys.org: Biology News, Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:39:55 GMT

Sexual selection isn't the last word on bird plumage, study shows
In the world of bird fashion, the guys seem to have all the fun: brighter feathers, sharper accessories, more pizzazz.
Phys.org: Biology News, Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:39:55 GMT

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