What’s the score on university teaching?

Like cricket, academia needs specialists. Technology will allow innovative teachers to demonstrate they belong in the top order, writes Merlin Crossley. …read more

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New link found between sex and viruses

Sexual reproduction and viral infections both rely on a functionally identical protein, according to new research. The protein enables the fusion of two cells, such as a sperm cell and egg cell, or the fusion of a virus with a cell membrane. The discovery suggests that the protein evolved early in the history of lifeContinue Reading

Viruses support photosynthesis in bacteria

Viruses propagate by infecting a host cell and reproducing inside. This not only affects humans and animals, but bacteria as well. This type of virus is called bacteriophage. They carry so called auxiliary metabolic genes in their genome, which are responsible for producing certain proteins that give the virus an advantage. Researchers have analyzed theContinue Reading

Mathematics supports a new way to classify viruses based on structure

Scientists have found new evidence to support a classification system for viruses based on viral structure. …read more Source:: Mathematics supports a new way to classify viruses based on structure       Continue Reading

Drugs similar to aspirin, ibuprofen could help treat sepsis, study suggests

A potentially life-saving treatment for sepsis has been under our noses for decades in the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) most people have in their medicine cabinets, a new University of Colorado Boulder study suggests. Each year more than 1 million people in the United States contract sepsis, an overwhelming immune response to infection. It killsContinue Reading

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