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Philistines introduced sycamore, cumin and opium poppy into Israel during the Iron Age
(Bar-Ilan University) A new study published in Scientific Reports describes the bio-archaeological remains of the Philistine culture in Israel during the Iron Age (12th century to 7th century BCE). The results of this research indicate that the ca. 600 year presence of the Philistine culture had a major and long-term impact on local floral biodiversity.

Staying safe in sandy beaches
(University of Miami) Beach sand contains all kinds of microorganisms, including those that can harm human health. Yet current guidelines are focused exclusively on monitoring the levels of microbes in the water. Now, an international panel of scientists is recommending monitoring the sand at recreational beaches, to minimize health risks for beachgoers. Their advice is based on the general consensus reached during the international conference 'Trends in Environmental Microbiology and Public Health,' held in Lisbon, Portugal, in September 2014.

Researchers use DNA 'clews' to shuttle CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells
(North Carolina State University) Researchers have for the first time created and used a nanoscale vehicle made of DNA to deliver a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells in both cell culture and an animal model.

KAIST's mathematician reveals the mechanism for sustaining biological rhythms
(The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)) Jae Kyoung Kim, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at KAIST, has predicted how these biological circuits generate rhythms and control their robustness, utilizing mathematical modeling based on differential equations and stochastic parameter sampling.

Researchers discover new mechanism in adrenal gland tumors
(Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health) Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have elucidated a mechanism that is responsible for the development of adrenal gland tumors. They discovered that the BMP7 protein plays a key role in this process and that it could be a possible target for future treatments. The results have been published in the journal 'Oncotarget'.

Neurobiology: Light-activated learning
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) A German-French team has developed a light-sensitive switch that regulates a protein implicated in the neurobiology of synaptic plasticity. The agent promises to shed new light on the phenomenology of learning, memory and neurodegeneration.

Tumor suppressor genes curb growth in neighboring cells
(Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)) The study, published yesterday in PLOS Biology, might have implications for understanding the early events of tumorigenesis and the selection of the tumor-initiating cells.

Meet Europe's next generation cleantech entrepreneurs
(Climate-KIC) Eighty-two cleantech start-ups shortlisted from a list of more than 700 across Europe are set to compete for funding and the chance to enter the Climate-KIC accelerator.ClimateLaunchpad, Europe's largest business ideas competition, creates the stage to unlock Europe's cleantech potential and accelerate innovations that address climate change.Start-ups from 28 European countries will on Friday, Sept. 4, pitch their business plans to a renowned international jury.

Future climate models greatly affected by fungi and bacteria
(Lund University) Researchers from Lund University, Sweden, and USA have shown that our understanding of how organic material is decomposed by fungi and bacteria is fundamentally wrong. This means that climate models that include microorganisms to estimate future climate change must be reconsidered.

The alien within: Fetal cells influence maternal health during pregnancy (and long after)
(Arizona State University) Dramatic research has shown that during pregnancy, cells of the fetus often migrate through the placenta, taking up residence in many areas of the mother's body, where their influence may benefit or undermine maternal health.

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