April 26, 2011

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Cataloguing Biodiversity – DNA barcodes

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An article in this week’s Science Times, “A Passion for Nature, and Really Long Lists”,  highlights the work of Jesse H. Ausubel of Rockefeller University and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on cataloguing biological diversity across the globe.  Four programs are highlighted in the article – the International Barcode for Life, the Encyclopedia of Life (proposed by Harvard […]

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April 10, 2011

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Algae – Stream Biofilters

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While algae and their relevance to biofuels is well known, new work suggests algae are helping the environment in a totally different way.  In the April 6th online issue of the journal Nature, work from Brad Cardinale (University of Michigan) reveals that algal biodiversity can help reduce nitrate pollution in streams, acting as a biofilter. […]

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April 10, 2011

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40th Anniversary of the National Cancer Act

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This year mark’s the 40th anniversary of the National Cancer Act.  In a special issue, Science magazine looks back at cancer research over the past 4 decades and what the future likely holds.  Genome sequencing promises to be a big part of cancer research and has already provided insight, revealing adult cancers can carry from […]

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