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Zombie Plants: How Phytoplasma turns plants into the ‘budding dead’


“…Zombie Plants” I was listening to Prof. Saskia Hogenhout speak when a phrase she used took me by surprise. Did I hear that correctly? As if fictional zombie movies were not enough to give me…

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Let the clones run wild: vegetative propagation in our daily life


We all remember how at the end of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, the sinister motive behind producing the clones is revealed. How would you feel to know that clones are a part of…

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Superfood? Diet that mimics fasting regenerates insulin-producing cells and reverses diabetes symptoms


1 in 11 adults on the planet has diabetes and every six seconds, someone dies from diabetes and related complications. Once upon a time, it might have been considered a lifestyle disease and a problem…

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Benign bacteria reduce Zika virus transmission by mosquitoes


You are probably familiar with Zika fever, an obscure disease that you likely hadn’t heard of until last year when an explosion in the number of infections and related birth defects had the world on…

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Science isn’t apolitical, but here’s why the March for Science should be


A group of scientists and science enthusiasts are planning a March for Science in Washington DC on April 22nd – Earth Day – with satellite marches also expected to take place across the US and the world. Within just…

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Unsound judgments on sound science: myopic misunderstandings of basic research


Every scientist has experienced it. When they tell someone that they have or are completing a PhD in biomedical sciences, often the first words out of the listener’s mouth are, “That’s so cool! You should…

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Gut feeling of the brain?


How often have we heard the phrase “my gut feeling is this person is mentally sick”? And how often have you seriously considered it to be    true? Well as it appears, it might be a…

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Much sweetness can cause sickness: The science behind plant sugars influencing transmission of malaria by mosquitoes


SUMMARY : As part of their natural diet to meet energy requirements, female Anopheles mosquitoes also consume sugars from plant nectar and fruit sap. Such consumption of plant sugars may actually be responsible for influencing…

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Australian Researchers Establish New Record in Solar Efficiency


While solar energy is gaining popularity as an alternative energy source, current solar panels in the market are grossly inefficient with efficiency ranging from 10-15%. Now however, researchers have achieved new height of solar cell…

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Study finds acid reflux is caused by inflammation


Chances are that you might have suffered, or knew someone afflicted by Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Over 20% of Americans are estimated to be affected by it. If the term doesn’t ring a bill, you…

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