Tag Archives: DNA

The DNA of oil wells – U.S. shale enlists genetics to boost output

By Ernest Scheyder HOUSTON (Reuters) – A small group of U.S. oil producers has been trying to exploit advances in DNA science to wring more crude from shale rock, as…

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World's oldest plant-like fossils push back evolutionary timeline 400 million years

A cluster of fossilized algae discovered in India is believed to be 1.6 billion years old, suggesting advanced multicellular life evolved on Earth hundreds of millions of years earlier than…

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Iceman mummy reveals new clues about stomach bacteria

BOLZANO, Italy – A 5,300 year-old mummified corpse known as the Iceman, or Oetzi, is offering scientists new clues approximately a stomach infection. Scientists at the EURAC Institute of Mummies…

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Illumina, partners make $100 million bet to detect cancer via blood test

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – Gene sequencing company Illumina Inc is going after the next huge advance in cancer detection, working to develop a universal blood test to identify…

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Got Allergies? Blame Neanderthals

Humans can thank their Neanderthal ancestors for giving them the genes that fight diseases, yet moreover for their allergies, new research suggests. Genetic variants found in modern humans that originally…

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Myanmar migrants found guilty of killing British backpackers

KOH SAMUI, Thailand (AP) — A Thai court on Thursday sentenced two Myanmar migrants to death for the murder of two British backpackers on a resort island last year, in…

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Heartburn drugs affect gut bacteria, which may promote infection

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – Common drugs to reduce stomach acid & treat acid reflux moreover alter the populations of microbes living in the intestines, which may assist explain…

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Philippine troops clash with Islamist militants, 15 dead

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine troops clashed on Tuesday with Islamist militants on a remote southern island & 15 people were killed as security forces step up an offensive against rebels…

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Espinoza poised to assume father Fangio's name

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Former racing driver Oscar “Cacho” Espinoza is preparing to alter his surname to Fangio once Argentine legal authorities have ruled that he is the son of…

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Why It's Time to Map the Microbiome (Kavli Roundtable)

Alan Brown, writer & editor for The Kavli Foundation, edited this roundtable for Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Microbes make life on Earth possible, yet we know so little…

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