- How the yellowhammer bird became a Kiwi: From hero to villain in 15 years
- Developing vaccines for insect-borne viruses
- Team enlarges brain samples, making them easier to image
- Human mode of responding to HIV vaccine is conserved from monkeys
- Live imaging captures how blood stem cells take root in the body
Posted: 16 Jan 2015 01:15 PM PST
Yellowhammers are small, colorful and apparently innocuous birds, but they were once considered to be enemies by farmers in New Zealand. Yellowhammers were introduced there to help fight insect crop pests, but instead became pests themselves. A new study uses newspapers and documents from the 19th century to reconstruct the history of how the yellowhammer went from hero to villain in New Zealand in just 15 years.
Posted: 16 Jan 2015 06:23 AM PST
Rift Valley Fever, a mosquito-borne disease, can devastate a sheep herd causing 90 percent mortality in lambs and 100 percent abortion rates in pregnant ewes. Current vaccines either don't provide long-term immunity or cause spontaneous abortions in pregnant ewes. Now researchers are developing a new vaccine that is proving to be both safe and effective.
Posted: 15 Jan 2015 12:29 PM PST
Researchers have discovered a method that enlarges tissue samples by embedding them in a polymer that swells when water is added. This technique, which uses inexpensive, commercially available chemicals and microscopes commonly found in research labs, should give many more scientists access to super-resolution imaging, the researchers say.
Posted: 15 Jan 2015 12:28 PM PST
The antibody response from an HIV vaccine trial in Thailand was made possible by a genetic trait carried over in humans from an ancient ancestry with monkeys and apes, according to a study. Researchers report that an investigational vaccine that elicited an immune response in an estimated 31 percent of participants was able to do so because of a particular antibody gene motif that is shared with rhesus macaques and other primates.
Posted: 15 Jan 2015 10:47 AM PST
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