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genetic mutations

Belgian Researchers Identify Cells That Initiate Tumor Formation

Although many genes that suffer mutations and lead to the development of various types of cancer have been identified in recent years, the cells...
plant diseases

Molecule Used as a Mucolytic Fights Bacterial Diseases in Agricultural Crops

Growers of oranges in São Paulo’s northeast and olives in Italy face a common challenge. A bacterium known as Xylella fastidiosa, which causes several plant...
human immune system

Study Seeks to Delay Aging of the Human Immune System

Aging of the population of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion – a European cross-border region established in 1976, which comprises 11,000 km2 and has around 3.9...
sugarcane

Genes That Make Sugarcane More Drought Tolerant Are Identified

Lack of water availability during the development of sugarcane is one of the types of environmental stress that have very negative effects on the...
breast cancer

Brazilian Plant Protein Inhibits Progression of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Triple-negative breast cancer that has one of the most aggressive tumors for which there have been few advances in developing therapies in recent years,...
Sensor networks

Sensor Networks Monitor Noise Pollution in Cities

Road traffic is the most important source of noise emission in urban environments, says Dick Botteldooren, a professor at Ghent University. By using sensor networks,...
Fruit fly larvaevideo

Fruit Fly Larvae Use Sugar as Bait to Attract and Devour...

Many trees and bushes in the Cerrado, the Brazilian savanna, have sugar glands to attract ants. Known as extrafloral nectaries, the glands secrete droplets...
Chagas Disease

Promising Novel Compounds for Treatment of the Acute Phase of Chagas...

Three new chemical compounds synthesized by scientists at the University of São Paulo (USP) in São Carlos, Brazil, have been successfully tested on mice...
Healthier Chickens

Healthier Chickens with More Meat and Less Fat

In genetic terms, the chickens sold by supermarkets are the result of successive cross-breedings over many generations with the aim of maximizing weight gain....
dyslexia

Colored Filter Improves Dyslexic Children’s Reading Speed

Reading, one of the most difficult activities for children with dyslexia, can be improved by the use of green filters. A study described in an...
Physical Exercise

Physical Exercise Improves the Elimination of Toxic Proteins from Muscles

The health benefits of physical activity are well known, but the cellular processes responsible for those benefits have begun to become clearer only relatively...
Breast Cancer

Nonhereditary Mutations Are the Main Cause of Breast Cancer in Younger...

Up to 80% of breast cancer cases in young women (20-35) may be caused by somatic mutations – spontaneously occurring alterations in breast cells...
Sugarcane

Researchers Unveil Stages of Sugarcane Development

Sugarcane culms can accumulate such large amounts of biomass and sucrose during their development that the crop has become the most widely used in...
Asteroid

Four Extremely Young Asteroid Families Identified

Four families of extremely young asteroids have been identified by researchers affiliated with São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Guaratinguetá, Brazil. An article on...
diet of beef cattle

Supplementing Beef Cattle Diet with Selenium Reduces Cholesterol in Meat

Selenium, which is present in foods such as Brazil nuts and in smaller amounts in wheat flour and beef, can reduce cholesterol, a fatty...
Acute Kidney Failure

Potential Therapeutic Target for Acute Kidney Failure Is Discovered

A protein produced by the human body appears to be a promising new drug candidate to treat conditions that lead to acute renal failure....
understanding emotionsvideo

Understanding Emotions in the Brain Could Lead to the Discovery of...

Lauri Nummenmaa presents several studies in succession, concluding each one with a joke. The audience invariably laughs, making the speaker smile with satisfaction. If he...
http://agencia.fapesp.br/climate-change-may-drive-10-of-amphibian-species-in-brazils-atlantic-rainforest-to-extinction-/28689/

Climate Change May Drive 10% of Amphibian Species in Brazil’s Atlantic...

Global warming could lead to the extinction of up to 10% of frog and toad species endemic to Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest biome within about...
environmental pollution

Trees Reveal the Evolution of Environmental Pollution

While walking or driving along tree-lined streets in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, you will pass many a tipuana tree (Tipuana tipu). Also known...
Labile iron

Novel Activity of Iron in All Human Cells Is Discovered

Scientists have long considered the labile iron pool a solely pro-oxidative cellular iron source. Labile iron is generally associated with the production of the...