Microorganisms have natural product biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) that may contain unique bioactivities for drug development and agricultural applications. However, many uncharacterized microbial BGCs remain inaccessible. Researchers at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign previously demonstrated a technique that uses transcription factor bait to activate large, silent BGCs in bacteria to aid in natural product discovery. […]
A pilot project at Crompton Moor, Oldham tested methods such as leaky dams, tree planting and sphagnum moss.
Birds living in their natural habitats can help zoos learn how to deal with captive animals, according to a new review. Birds are the most diverse group inhabited by zoos around the world, but zoo-based research typically does not focus on birds. A new article published in the journal Birds, by Dr. Paul Rose, of […]
McMaster researchers have developed a new form of cultured meat, using a method that promises more natural taste and texture than other alternatives to traditional animal meat. Researchers Ravi Selvaganapathy and Alireza Shahin-Shamsabadi, both of the university's School of Biomedical Engineering, found a way to make meat by stacking thin layers of cultured muscle and […]
Scientists urge global policymakers and donors to view fish as a solution to food insecurity and malnutrition, and not just a natural resource that secures income and livelihoods, in a newly published article in the journal Ambio. The paper, titled "Recognizing Fish as Food in Political Discourse and Financing for Development," advocates looking at fish […]
A new study has provided quantitative evidence of the natural capital benefits of planting new forests.
It has been more than a year since the first cases were identified in China, but the exact origin of the COVID-19 pandemic remains a mystery. Although strong evidence suggests the coronavirus responsible came from bats, it is unknown how and when it passed from wildlife to humans. In a study published online in the […]
Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California at San Diego have broken down the genomic and biographical characteristics of three classes of viruses that have caused endemic and global pandemics in the past, and identified natural products . – connections made […]
Scientists at the Natural History Museum described 503 new species for science in 2020.