Science and Development

Mildly obese fare better after major heart attack

People who survive a major heart attack often do better in the years afterward if they’re mildly obese, a study by cardiologists shows. Source: Science Link: Mildly obese fare...

Concurrent hot and dry summers more common in future

In the past, climate scientists have tended to underestimate the risk of a co-occurrence of heatwave and drought. This is the conclusion of one of the first studies to...

Study sheds light on how ovarian cancer spreads

A team of researchers is studying the molecular mechanisms by which ovarian cancer spreads — or metastasizes — to uncover new therapeutic opportunities. Source: Science Link: Study sheds light...

Directed gene-copy variation: The key to conquering new environments

A study of yeast reveals new mechanism that allows cells to adapt to environmental changes more rapidly by accelerating genetic changes around genes that boost fitness. Source: Science Link:...

Training changes the way the brain pays attention

Behavioral training changes the way attention facilitates information processing in the human brain, a study has found. Source: Science Link: Training changes the way the brain pays attention

Human enzyme can reduce neurotoxic amyloids in a mouse model of dementia

A naturally occurring human enzyme -called cyclophilin 40 or CyP40- can unravel protein aggregates that contribute to both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, according to a study. The finding...

Biologist looks at butterflies to help solve human infertility

A biologist helps decode the structural complexities of male butterfly ejaculate and co-evolving female reproductive tract. Findings from these biochemical relationships may help unlock certain mysteries of human infertility....

Lake harvests are likely more fruitful than we knew

Harvests from freshwater fisheries such as the Great Lakes could total more than 12 million tons a year globally and contribute more to global food supplies and economies than...

Genetic engineering tool generates antioxidant-rich purple rice

Researchers in China have developed a genetic engineering approach capable of delivering many genes at once and used it to make rice endosperm — seed tissue that provides nutrients...

Mice provide insight into genetics of autism spectrum disorders

The CHD8 gene is associated with some cases of human autism. A new study shows that mice with mutated CHD8 show defects in brain development and behavioral changes, and...