First human antibodies to work against all ebolaviruses

After analyzing the blood of a survivor of the 2013-16 Ebola outbreak, a team of scientists from academia, industry and the government has discovered the first natural human antibodies that can neutralize and protect animals against all three major disease-causing ebolaviruses. The findings could lead to the first broadly effective ebolavirus therapies and vaccines. …

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Evolution in butterfly eye dependent on sex, scientists find

By analyzing both the genes that control color detecting photoreceptors and the structural components of the eye itself, evolutionary biologists have discovered male and female butterflies of one particular species have the unique ability to see the world differently from each another because of sex-related evolutionary traits. …

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Cell mechanism that transforms electrical signals into chemical ones explained

Freiburg scientists explain the cell mechanism that transforms electrical signals into chemical ones. …

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Researchers connect brain blood vessel lesions to intestinal bacteria

Bacteria in the gut can influence the structure of the brain’s blood vessels, and may be responsible for producing malformations that can lead to stroke or epilepsy, new research suggests. The study adds to an emerging picture that connects intestinal microbes and disorders of the nervous system.

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Even non-migratory birds use a magnetic compass

Not only migratory birds use a built-in magnetic compass to navigate correctly. A new study shows that non-migratory birds also are able to use a built-in compass to orient themselves using the Earth’s magnetic field. …

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Wild orangutan teeth provide insight into human breast-feeding evolution

Biomarkers in the teeth of wild orangutans indicate nursing patterns related to food fluctuations in their habitats, which can help guide understanding of breast-feeding evolution in humans, according to a study. …

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Tiny bubbles help heal broken bones, in pigs

Researchers have developed a much needed alternative to bone grafts that could help alleviate the long-term hospitalization, disability, and considerable costs to the health system associated with non-healing fractures.

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Solving the mystery of the white oak

Researchers have solved a mystery that has long shrouded our understanding of white oaks: where did they come from? …

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