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sandstorm;desertification;algae

Chinese Scientists Have Found a Way to Make Mars Fertile[Dec 13, 2018]

Chinese scientists have found a way to turn Martian Sands into fertile soil. To do this, in the future it is proposed to use microalgae, which can "build" on the bare sand a few centimeters of fertile soil for several years. Appropriate technologies developed and proven by decades of practices to combat desertification in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region of China.

transmembrane;DNA;nanomachine;biomolecule

Light-Driven ATP Transmembrane Transport Controlled by DNA Nanomachines[Dec 13, 2018]

Recently, a group led by Prof. JIANG Lei at Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (TIPC) has realized a new modulated system that performs a light-driven transmembrane capture-release-transport of target biomolecules through the artificial nanochannels. A bioinspired modulated biomolecule transport system was designed by employing light-responsive DNA and solid-state nanochannel.

neutron star;cooling;dynamic stellar structure

Researchers Find Neutron Star Cooling with a Dynamic Stellar Structure[Dec 12, 2018]

Researchers in the Institute of Modern Physics (IMP) have investigated the neutron star cooling affected by the Dynamic Stellar Structure. They generalized the theory to a dynamic treatment; that is, continuous change of the NS structure (rearrangement of the stellar density distribution with the total baryon number fixed) as the decrease of temperature during the thermal evolution, is taken into account.

genomic analysis;evolution;spruce;Picea likiangensis;diversification;introgression

Researchers Use Genomic Analysis to Test Evolution of a Spruce Species Complex[Dec 12, 2018]

Researchers from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden and Sichuan University used the Picea likiangensis species complex of spruce taxa as a system for testing if evolutionary divergence within this complex followed a reticulate or tree‐like pattern. They also wanted to clarify the role of introgression in promoting differentiation between diverging taxa.

CRISPR;polymerase chain reaction;DNA

Novel CRISPR-Cas-Triggered Isothermal Amplification Method Developed for Ultrasensitive DNA Detection[Dec 12, 2018]

A research team led by Dr. ZHOU Wenhua and Prof. YU Xuefeng at the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology reported a novel isothermal approach for amplifying and detecting dsDNA based on a CRISPR/Cas9-triggered nicking endonuclease-mediated Strand Displacement Amplification method (namely CRISDA) with attomolar sensitivity and single nucleotide specificity.

somatostatin;SST;interneuron development

Researchers Reveal Regulatory Mechanism of Cortical Somatostatin Interneuron Development[Dec 11, 2018]

Recently, researchers at Institute of Biophysics of Chinese Academy of Sciences unveiled the critical period of the intrinsic development of somatostatin (SST) positive interneurons in the secondary motor cortex (M2) of mice, which provides a new insight into the regulation of interneuron maturation.

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