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Using gold to read cancer’s messages

New research has revealed the nanotechnology developed by University of Queensland scientists can detect and monitor extracellular vesicles (EVs) in the bloodstream.

4 Mar 2020 Science Advances

Discovery at ‘flower burial’ site could unravel mystery of Neanderthal death rites

Researchers say the new find offers an unparalleled opportunity to investigate the "mortuary practices" of this lost species using the latest technologies.

18 Feb 2020 Antiquity

Computer-generated genomes

The Christen Lab, ETH Zurich in Zurich, uses a digital genome design algorithm in conjunction with large-scale chemical DNA synthesis to physically produce artificial genomes and understand the code of life at the molecular level.

14 Feb 2020 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

‘Ghost’ of mysterious hominin found in West African genomes

Recovering signals of ghost archaic introgression in African populations.

12 Feb 2020 Science Advances

Huge bacteria-eating viruses close gap between life and non-life

Scientists have discovered hundreds of unusually large, bacteria-killing viruses with capabilities normally associated with living organisms, blurring the line between living microbes and viral machines.

12 Feb 2020 Nature

How plants in the cabbage family look inward when sulfur is scarce

Kyushu University researchers identify two key enzymes that release sulfur from health-beneficial chemicals in thale cress to promote growth in sulfur-deficient conditions

12 Feb 2020 Plant and Cell Physiology

KAUST global research team first to observe inherited DNA expressions

New research has implications for saving coral reefs in the face of climate change, potentially leading to national programs of coral restoration and growth.

10 Feb 2020 Nature Climate Change

The hornwort genome and early land plant evolution

Hornworts were the only bryophyte lineage for which a high quality reference genome was unavailable for comparative studies essential to furthering our understanding of land plant evolution.

10 Feb 2020 Nature Plants

New study identifies Neanderthal ancestry in African populations and describes its origin

Princeton researchers led by Joshua Akey discovered that all modern humans carry some Neanderthal ancestry in their DNA - including Africans, which was not previously known.

30 Jan 2020 Cell

Humans not always to blame for genetic diversity loss in wildlife

ZSL-led study shows genetic differences in African lions likely caused by ecological rather than human factors.

28 Jan 2020 Animal Conservation

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