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Bioengineered enzyme creates natural vanillin from plants in one step

Vanilla extract is one of the most widely used flavoring compounds in food products and cosmetics. The pleasant and sweet smell of this classic flavor is imparted by...
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Regenerating worms have genetic control over their algal partners

Many organisms are far more complex than just a single species. Humans, for example, are full of a variety of microbes. Some creatures have even more special connect...
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High genetic diversity discovered in South African leopards

Researchers say the discovery of very high genetic diversity in leopards found in the Highveld region of South Africa has increased the need for conservation efforts...
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Jet-propelled sea creatures could improve ocean robotics

Scientists at the University of Oregon have discovered that colonies of gelatinous sea animals swim through the ocean in giant corkscrew shapes using coordinated jet...
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Plant virus treatment shows promise in fighting metastatic cancers in mice

An experimental treatment made from a plant virus is effective at protecting against a broad range of metastatic cancers in mice, shows a new study from the Universi...
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Cellular activity hints that recycling is in our DNA

Although you may not appreciate them, or have even heard of them, throughout your body, countless microscopic machines called spliceosomes are hard at work. As you s...
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With hybrid brains, these mice smell like a rat

If mice ever wonder what it's like to experience the world as a rat, some are now able to live that dream, at least when it comes to the sense of smell. Researche...
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Wild orangutan treats wound with pain-relieving plant

Even though there is evidence of certain self-medication behaviors in animals, so far it has never been known that animals treat their wounds with healing plants. No...
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Test reveals mice think like babies

Are mice clever enough to be strategic? Kishore Kuchibhotla, a Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist who studies learning in humans and animals, and who has lon...
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Florida dolphin found with highly pathogenic avian flu

The case of a Florida bottlenose dolphin found with highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, or HPAIV -- a discovery made by University of Florida researchers in col...
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