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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 11-May-2004
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
22-amino acid bacterium created by Scripps scientists
A team of investigators at The Scripps Research Institute and its Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology in La Jolla, California has modified a form of the bacterium Escherichia coli to use a 22-amino acid genetic code.
US Department of Energy, Skaggs Institute for Research, National Science Foundation, Canadian Institutes of Health, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Public Release: 11-May-2004
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Orange, tangerine peels could be better than drugs for lowering cholesterol
A compound found in the peels of citrus fruit has the potential to lower cholesterol more effectively than some prescription drugs, and without side effects, according to a study by U.S. and Canadian researchers. The compound, isolated from orange and tangerine peels, shows promise in animal studies as a potent, natural alternative for lowering LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), without the possible side effects, such as liver disease and muscle weakness, of conventional cholesterol-lowering drugs.
USDA Citrus and Subtropical Products Laboratory, KGK Synergize Inc.

Public Release: 12-May-2004
Experiments reveal startling insights into lemur intelligence
Until now, primatologists believed lemurs to be primitive, ancient offshoots of the primate family tree, with far less intelligence than their more sophisticated cousins, monkeys, apes and humans. But at the Duke University Primate Center, with the gentle touch of his nose to a computer screen, the ringtail lemur called Aristides is teaching psychologist Elizabeth Brannon a startling scientific lesson -- that lemurs are, indeed, intelligent creatures.
Duke University Primate Center

Public Release: 12-May-2004
Nature
Chemical reaction in birds provides sense of direction during migratory flights
Migrating birds stay on track because of chemical reactions in their bodies that are influenced by the Earth's magnetic field, a UC Irvine-led team of researchers has found.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Fetzer Institute

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@uci.edu
949-824-3969
University of California - Irvine

Public Release: 12-May-2004
Human settlements already existed in the Amazon Basin (Ecuador) 4000 years ago (continued…)
July 2003 : discovery in Ecuador by IRD archaeologists of 4000-year-old structures indicating the presence of one of the first great Andean civilizations in the upper Amazon Basin, where their presence had not been suspected. The last discoveries (a tomb, ceramic bottles, medallions and necklace in turquoise and malachite) show that this site was used for ceremonial purposes and the importance of the people who were settled there.
Institut de Recherche Pour le DĂ©veloppement

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