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Different Tree Species Use the Same Genes to Adapt to Climate Change, Researchers Find

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Large-scale analysis revealed that both pine and spruce use the same suite of 47 genes to adapt to geographic variation in temperature, and to appropriately time acquisition of cold hardiness – a trait that allows plants to tolerate the adverse...
22-Sep-2016 2:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Bizarre New Species of Extinct Reptile Shows Dinosaurs Copied Body, Skull Shapes of Distant Relatives

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Iconic dinosaur shapes were present for at least a hundred million years on our planet in animals before those dinosaurs themselves actually appeared.
21-Sep-2016 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

New Study of CRISPR-Cas9 Technology Shows Potential to Improve Crop Efficiency

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A team's finding that CRISPR-Cas9 is a reliable method for multi-gene editing of this particular plant species was published in PLOS ONE on Sept. 13.
22-Sep-2016 9:15 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Researchers Find Fungus-Fighting Compound in Drug Discovery Center Library

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Researchers with the Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery have identified a compound that blocks the growth of a fungus that causes deadly lung infections and allergic reactions in people with compromised immune systems.
22-Sep-2016 9:15 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Virginia Tech Researcher Finds Gene That Reduces Female Mosquitoes

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Zhijian “Jake” Tu and colleagues found that placing a particular Y chromosome gene on the autosomes of Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes — a species responsible for transmitting malaria — killed off 100 percent of all female embryos that...
22-Sep-2016 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Belief about nicotine satisfies cravings, affects brain activity, researchers say

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Researchers investigated how beliefs influence subjective craving and neural activities in nicotine-addicted individuals, discovering that belief about the presence of nicotine affects craving and brain activity, providing insights into the complex...
13-Sep-2016 9:15 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Virginia Tech Undergrad Leads Study Naming Reptile From 212 Million Years Ago

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An extinct reptile related to crocodiles that lived 212 million years ago in present day New Mexico has been named as a new species, Vivaron haydeni, in a paper published this week by Virginia Tech’s Department of Geosciences researchers.
8-Sep-2016 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Scientists Sound Alert About Destructive Tomato Pest

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A Virginia Tech scientist who has alerted world policymakers to the pest that destroyed 80 percent of Nigeria's tomatoes continues his outreach while UCDavis scientists warn that the pest may reach California, "where it is likely to become a...
29-Aug-2016 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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