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expression network;inheritance pattern;castor bean;seed;plant

Scientists Reveal Expression Networks and Inheritance Patterns in Castor Bean Seeds[Jul 16, 2018]

Prof. LIU Aizhong and his colleagues at Kunming Institute of Botany comprehensively identified and characterized 5,356 Long non-coding RNAs in castor bean seeds. Base on genome-wide analyses, they found that a small fraction of lncRNAs exhibited coordinated expression with nearby PCgenes.

alpine vegetation;permafrost;climate change;human activities;NDVI;active layer thickness

The Changes of Vegetation and Permafrost along the Qinghai-Tibet Engineering Corridor Revealed[Jul 16, 2018]

Recently, scientists from Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources used the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) as an indicator of alpine vegetation activity and the permafrost active layer thickness as an indicator of permafrost dynamics, to understand the impacts of climate change, human activity, or their combination on the alpine ecosystem in the Qinghai-Tibet Engineering Corridor.

defect distribution;phase diagram;solid solution;phase separation;thermoelectric performance

A New Study May Guide Turning Waste Heat to Electricity[Jul 16, 2018]

Prof. ZHANG Yongsheng and his team at Hefei Institutes of Physical Science used density-functional calculations in combination with the cluster expansion and Monte Carlo methods to study the defect distribution of two Fe(Nb,V)Sb and Fe(Nb,Ti)Sb systems.

NLRP3 inhibitor; Rabdosia rubescens; T2D; gouty arthritis

Major Ingredient of Chinese Medicinal Herb Cures Diabetes, Scientists Find[Jul 12, 2018]

Recently, researchers from University of Science and Technology of China of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Xiamen University showed how Oridonin (Ori), the major ingredient of Chinese medicinal herb Rabdosia rubescens, targets NLRP3 to exert its anti-inflammatory activity, which shed light on treatment for NLRP3-related diseases.

gene expression;transcriptome feature;primate brain

Scientists Reveal Spatial Gene Expression and Regulation in Primate Brains[Jul 12, 2018]

An international research group led by Prof. Philipp KHAITOVICH from CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology of Chinese Academy of Sciences determined uniquely human transcriptome features based on gene expression profiles collected across eight functionally distinct brain regions of humans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and a gibbon. This study provided novel insights into the evolution of expression features unique to the human brain transcriptome, as well as potential focal points for further research of the molecular mechanisms underlying the particularity of human brain.

sounding system;seawater;seabed;full-ocean MBSS technology

Acoustics Scientists Propose High-Precision "Searchlight" to Scan Deep Sea Clearly[Jul 16, 2018]

A full-ocean multibeam sounding system engineering prototype was accomplished by the research team led by LIU Xiaodong from the Institute of Acoustics. It is ready for acting as a high-precision "searchlight" to scan deep sea clearly. The full-ocean MBSS is used for the detection of high-precision seabed topography within 20 to 11000 meters of depth.

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