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Scientists discover new clue to the chemical origins of life

Organic chemists at the University of York have made a significant advance towards establishing the origin of the carbohydrates (sugars) that form the building blocks of life.



Silicon immersion objectives for life science imaging

Extended time-lapse experiments, at high resolution and with deep penetration, says Olympus



Sigma Life Science collection of Prestige Antibodies exceeds 10,000

Each Prestige Antibody is supported by over 700 immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and Western blot images, with complete data for each product publicly available through the Human Protein Atlas



How did higher life evolve?

Scientists have for the first time determined the complete genome sequence of a brown alga and opened a new door to the understanding of multicellularity and photosynthesis.



Earth Microbes May Contaminate the Search for Life on Mars

Bacteria common to spacecraft may be able to survive the harsh environs of Mars long enough to inadvertently contaminate Mars with terrestrial life according to research.



Viral Life Cycle of Malignant Catarrhal Fever

The mysterious life cycle of a sheep virus that causes malignant catarrhal fever has been discovered by scientists and their university collaborators-the first step in developing a vaccine against the disease.



Life is shorter for men

At age 55, men can expect another 15 years of sexual activity, but women that age should expect less than 11 years, according to a study.



What came first in the origin of life?

Recent research rejects the theory that the origin of life stems from a system of self-catalytic molecules capable of experiencing Darwinian evolution without the need of RNA or DNA and their replication.



Sponges recycle carbon to give life to coral reefs

Coral reefs support some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, yet they thrive in a marine desert. So how do reefs sustain their thriving populations?



Nitrogen loss threatens desert plant life

As the climate gets warmer, arid soils lose nitrogen as gas, reports a new Cornell study. That could lead to deserts with even less plant life than they sustain today, say the researchers.



Twenty-one day shelf life for fresh seafood

Hefestus, Israel, has created an advanced packaging solution for extending fresh seafood shelf life. This packaging system protects the safety and freshness of the product while retaining shape and product appearance.



Longer life linked to ingredients in Mediterranean diet

Some food groups in the Mediterranean diet are more important than others in promoting health and longer life, according to new research.



Biotechnology clues to extraterrestrial life

A novel bacterium that has been trapped more than three kilometres under glacial ice in Greenland for over 120 000 years, may hold clues as to what life forms might exist on other planets.



Protein signalling pathway protects for life

A protein signalling pathway recently discovered to guide the formation of the skeleton in the foetus also keeps bones strong through adult life.



Physics and the life sciences

Many of the greatest inventions in modern medicine were developed by physicists who imported technologies such as X rays, nuclear magnetic resonance, ultrasound, particle accelerators and radioisotope tagging and detection techniques into the medical domain.



Shortening shelf life

Scientists have found evidence that visible wavelengths of light cause taste and odour changes to products



Extending shelf life and reducing costs the superchilling way

A team of Norwegian scientists have developed a better method of extending the shelf life of fish and meat products. Known as superchilling, the new technique also reduces associated storage and transport costs.



Digital automation upgrade for India’s largest life sciences plant

The latest addition to the burgeoning Indian life sciences sector is the announcement by Reliance Life Sciences that it is to digitally automate the country’s largest life sciences plant.



Creating knowledge-based economy ensures increased life science funding

Given the rapid advances in biological sciences, the European Commission (EC) under its framework 6 programme (FP6) has set a strategic thematic priority for life sciences along with biotechnology and health.



Indiana: standing at the crossroads of the US life sciences industry

European life sciences companies looking to set up operations in the American market need look no farther than the state of Indiana. That is because Indiana offers companies the competitive edge they need in today's economy ­ access to people, partners and markets. Jeff Harris and Wade Lange report.



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