UF/IFAS Research Findings Shed Light on Seagrass Needs

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Seagrass beds, which provide home and food for fish, manatees, sea turtles and other animals, find themselves in peril. A new UF/IFAS study shows how much sunlight is needed to keep the seagrass healthy.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences|4/17/2014 2:00 PM EDT

On the Brink of Extinction: ASU Researchers Urge Alternative Identification Methods for Threatened Species

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Researchers at Arizona State University and Plymouth University in the United Kingdom want to change the way biologists think about the “gold standard” of collecting a “voucher” specimen for species identification. They suggest that current specimen collection practices may actually pose a risk to vulnerable animal populations already on the brink of extinction.

– Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences|4/17/2014 2:00 PM EDT

Connecting Sleep Deficits in Young Fruitflies to Disruption in Mating Later in Life

Mom always said you need your sleep, and it turns out, she was right. Lack of sleep in young fruit flies profoundly diminishes their ability to do one thing they do really, really well – make more flies.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania |4/17/2014 2:00 PM EDT

Researchers Find Boosting Depression-Causing Mechanisms in the Brain Increases Resilience, Surprisingly

New research uncovers a conceptually novel approach to treating depression. Instead of dampening neuron firing found with stress-induced depression, researchers demonstrated for the first time that further activating these neurons opens a new avenue to mimic and promote natural resilience.

– Mount Sinai Medical Center|4/17/2014 2:00 PM EDT

Science: There's Something Ancient in the Icebox

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Scientists were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet, below two miles of ice. This finding, led by geologists at the University of Vermont, provides strong evidence that the ice sheet has persisted much longer than previously known, enduring through many past periods of global warming.

– University of Vermont|4/17/2014 2:00 PM EDT

Patients with Rare Lung Disease Face Agonizing Treatment Dilemma

The drug sirolimus can slow the lung disease LAM, while also causing potentially fatal complications after lung transplants. But research suggests a drug similar to sirolimus may be safe for LAM patients waiting for transplants.

– Loyola University Health System|4/17/2014 1:20 PM EDT

Saving the Lesser Prairie Chicken: What Landowners Should Know

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The recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcement, listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, brings to mind how agricultural producers, livestock ranchers and those with land enrolled in CRP could be affected.

– Kansas State University Research and Extension|4/17/2014 12:00 PM EDT

Dual Role: Key Cell Division Proteins Also Power Up Mitochondria

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An international team led by researchers at UC Davis has shown that the cyclin B1/Cdk1 protein complex, which plays a key role in cell division, also boosts the mitochondrial activity to power that process. This is the first time the complex has been shown to perform both jobs. This newfound ability could make cyclin B1/Cdk1 an excellent target to control cellular energy production, potentially advancing cancer care and regenerative medicine. The research was published online today in the journal Developmental Cell.

– UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center|4/17/2014 12:00 PM EDT
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