DNA :: Stretch a DNA loop, turn off proteins

It may look like mistletoe wrapped around a flexible candy cane. But this molecular model shows how some proteins form loops in DNA when they chemically attach, or bind, at separate sites to the double-helical molecule that carries life’s genetic blueprint.

Ecology :: Mode of seed dispersal greatly shapes placement of rainforest trees

The apple might not fall far from the tree, but new research shows that how it falls might be what is most important in determining tree distribution across a forest. This study of the seed dispersal methods of rainforest trees demonstrates that these methods play a primary role in the organization of plant species in tropical forests.

Success :: Success is a family affair

Whether you go through life as a daredevil or tend to avoid taking risks depends a lot on your own pedigree. This is shown by a current study by the Institute for the Study of Labor (Institut zur Zukunft der Arbeit, IZA) and the University of Bonn. Inherited character traits could also be a decisive factor for economic success, the researchers speculate.

E Coli :: Edible food wrap kills deadly E. coli bacteria

Researchers have improved upon an edible coating for fresh fruits and vegetables by enabling it to kill deadly E. coli bacteria while also providing a flavor-boost to food. Composed of apple puree and oregano oil, which is a natural antibacterial agent, the coating shows promise in laboratory studies of becoming long-lasting alternative to conventional produce washes, according to a team of scientists from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the University of Lleida in Spain.

Styles of conflict between parents have different implications for children and families

New research has added to our understanding of how conflict with parents affects children. The current research followed 212 families with six-year-old children across three years. The findings indicate that mothers’ and fathers’ parenting styles are affected differently by different types of conflict. Mothers were observed to be less supportive and involved with children when they experienced hostility with their partner, while fathers’ engagement with children was affected by withdrawal between partners.

Diet :: Apples and apple juice – quercetin antioxidant good for neurological health

For those who think that picking and eating apples this time of year is just for fun and for the great taste of America’s favorite fruit, you may want to think again. Apples and apple juice may be among the best foods that anyone could add to their diet, finds a collection of recent research studies, the latest of which was presented yesterday at the Society of Neuroscience annual conference in Atlanta. Researchers G. Bureau and M. Martinoli from the University of Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, found that quercetin (one of the antioxidants found abundantly in apples) was one of two compounds that helped to reduce cellular death that is caused by oxidation and inflammation of neurons.

Homeopathic Medicine :: Stramonium – Thorn Apple

Indicated in affections of the nervous system, as suggested by the symptoms. In delirium tremens with terrifying hallucinations; in convulsions from fright and in hysterical convulsions generally; in puerperal mania with lewd imaginings and speech; insanity; scarlet fever with brain symptoms, the eruption being tardy or suppressed; spasmodic asthma; hydrophobia; chorea when the choreic movements involve now one set of muscles, then another.

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