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Courtesy of Phil Freeman/WWF-Australia - The Peruvian government and key partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to ensure the viability of 76 protected areas (20 million hectares) in the Peruvian Amazon



Use of HCR-FISH to track gene expression by both partners during initiation of symbiosis


Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new way to characterize localization of luminous bacteria within the Hawaiian bobtail squid and how the genes of each species are transcriptionally regulated. The adapted technique, hybridization chain reaction-fluorescent in situ hybridization (HCR-FISH), allowed the researchers to identify the location of ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Moore Foundation grantee receives prestigious prize for work in marine microbiology

September 8, 2015
Marine microbes, tiny, single-celled organisms that live in the ocean, account for more than 98 percent of ocean biomass. Up to a million microorganisms live in just one milliliter of seawater and yet we know surprisingly little about these tiny organisms. Our grantee, Dr. David Karl, a microbial biologist ...

Fourth wheat gene is key to flowering and climate adaptation

September 4, 2015

In the game of wheat genetics, Jorge Dubcovsky's laboratory at UC Davis has hit a grand slam, unveiling for the fourth time in a dozen years a gene that governs wheat vernalization, the biological process requiring cold temperatures to trigger flower formation.

Identification of the newly characterized VRN-D4 gene and ...

Study finds new gene important for development of wheat

By Nestor Kippesa, Juan M. Debernardia, Hans A. Vasquez-Grossa, Bala A. Akpinarb, Hikment Budakb, Kenji Katoc, Shiaoman Chaod, Eduard Akhunove, and Jorge Dubcovsky PNAS September 4, 2015

In a recent study, plant scientists share their discovery of a new gene (VRN-D4) critical for the development and growth habit of wheat. The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, also known as PNAS, gives a better understanding ...

California Institute of Technology

Making nanowires from protein and DNA

By Jessica Stoller-Conrad California Institute of Technology September 4, 2015

For the first time ever, a team at California Institute of Technology have created a synthetic structure made from both protein and DNA. Researchers in the lab of Dr. Stephen Mayo used computer modeling to help engineer the new protein-DNA nanowire. Synthetic structures like this will ultimately have important applications ...

The $1 pocket microscope

By Ed Yong The Atlantic September 4, 2015

From an entomologist hiking in the Amazon, to a young amateur scientist in Namibia studying bacteria: the community of users of the Foldscope is limitless. An article in The Atlantic describes the endless possibilities behind the paper origami microscope created by Moore Foundation grantee Manu Prakash of Stanford University.

Thousands ...

The mystery and allure of supermassive black holes

September 3, 2015

Renowned astronomer, Andrea Ghez, made one of the most pioneering discoveries in astronomy – the existence of the biggest black hole in our cosmic neighborhood. Ghez proved that a 4.1-million-solar-mass lies at the center of the Milky Way. This work earned her a MacArthur 'genius' award in 2008, and half ...

MOTHS! Stunning winged wonders of Madidi uncovered

September 3, 2015
New York--WCS has released a stunning gallery of images of some of the moths uncovered by the groundbreaking Bolivian scientific expedition, Identidad Madidi. A staggering 10,000 species of moths may live in Madidi National Park – considered the most biodiverse protected area on the planet. The moths were found ...

An expedition reveals stunning biological wealth in a Bolivian park that may be opened to drilling

September 3, 2015

Since May, the Government of Bolivia and Wildlife Conservation Society have been conducting ​a scientific expedition, supported in part by the Moore Foundation, through Madidi National Park. Identidad Madidi began in the high Andes mountains and will extend into the depths of the rainforest, while the researchers document Madidi's extraordinary ...

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