Selective pressure as it relates to mimicry of non-living things in communities that abhor killing living things

Would a community that abhors killing animals apply selective pressure for animals that do not camouflage themselves as inanimate objects and/or have easily noticed coloration? If I see a leaf on a path, I spend little energy trying to avoid... continue reading

Isolation and characterisation of novel methanogens from corroded oil/gas pipes

Methanogens are microorganisms which produces methane as a major product of their energy metabolism in anaerobic conditions. Methanogens are very common in wetlands and produces marsh gas. They are recently discovered to directly feed on electrons... continue reading

Evolution in genetic terms – Is it RNA world or DNA world or is it anything else?

The RNA world concept that self-replicating ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules are keys to all current forms of life on Earth and geticists could not go further down might have missed out on how evolution has actually happened in real genetic... continue reading

A proposal to search for patterns of genome changes across parasites

Parasites have co-evolved along with their hosts to utilise the host machinery to complete parts of the parasite’s life cycle. Despite potentially large implications for disease biology, common denominators for gene loss and gene gain have not... continue reading

The share of Open Access Journals (OAJ) and Open Access Articles (OAA) charging Article Processing Charges (APC). Data from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) 2013 to 2015

Problem: There is an ongoing debate on the share of OAJ and OAA charging APC from authors. It has been shown that 67% of OAJ listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) work without APC ([Suber 2015]... continue reading

Immobilization and use of pure cultures and microbial consortium isolated from specialized niches for improved crop productivity

Now a day, sustainable agricultural practice for increased production is most significant concerns. The fertile agricultural land is reducing day by day due to increased population and overburden of excessive use of chemical fertilizer and... continue reading

Putting 2 million genomes into the public domain and onto the web

openSNP is an open-science/data project that aims at making personal genomics data available. Thanks to the rapid bio-technological progress and start-ups like 23andMe, more and more people are getting access to their personal genetic information.... continue reading

A proposal for sequential approach for arsenic removal from top-soil

Arsenic contamination of ground water and soil is a vexing problem in several countries, including India. For water treatment there have been several effective, economical and commercially available [methods]... continue reading

Long Term Management of Glucose and Weight in Type 2 Diabetes Using Escherichia coli Nissle 1917 Expressing CTB-IGF1 and CTB-amylin

Current therapeutic options for diabetes mellitus are feeble in long term management of blood glucose, which can result in many serious complications. Recent studies illustrate that the intestinal microflora is a feasible vehicle to deliver the... continue reading

2 solutions to escalating prices of scientific journals

A major financial problem for research libraries is the escalated subscription prices of scientific journals. A year's subscription for a journal of neurology might be 20 000 dollars and the average price for a chemistry journal is 3500 dollars... continue reading

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