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Stanford bioengineers develop tool for reprogramming genetic code

news.stanford.edu — vitstudio/ Shutterstock Biology relies upon the precise activation of specific genes to work properly. If that sequence gets out of whack, or one gene turns on only partially, the outcome can often lead to a disease. Now, bioengineers at Stanford and other universities have developed a sort of programmable genetic code that allows them to preferentially activate or deactivate genes in living cells.

Stanford scientists team with indigenous people to study carbon in Amazon rainforest

news.stanford.edu — Han Overman When it comes to measuring the carbon storage potential of the Amazon forest, indigenous people might outperform sophisticated satellites. The results from a long-term collaboration between Stanford scientists and indigenous people in Guyana suggests that traditional remote sensing techniques might be undervaluing the region's carbon storage potential by as much as 40 percent.

The industrial revolution of the oceans will imperil wildlife, says Stanford scientist

news.stanford.edu — January 16, 2015 In a new report, Steve Palumbi and colleagues show that the industrialization of the oceans mirrors the early stages of activities that have triggered mass extinctions on land. By Bjorn Carey In the past 500 years, human activity has led to 500 species of land animals going extinct, a rate that has caused scientists to warn of a sixth mass extinction.

The industrial revolution of the oceans will imperil wildlife, says Stanford scientist

news.stanford.edu — John James Audubon/Wikimedia Commons In the past 500 years, human activity has led to 500 species of land animals going extinct, a rate that has caused scientists to warn of a sixth mass extinction.

Stanford engineers develop a device for measuring how birds take flight

news.stanford.edu — Courtesy David Lentink It's quite easy to look at a bird and deduce that it flies by flapping its wings, but understanding exactly how a bird generates lift has long eluded scientists. Now engineers at Stanford have developed a device that precisely and humanely measures the forces generated by a bird's wings while in flight.

New mobile app from Stanford and Sony lets phone conduct research while it charges

news.stanford.edu — Courtesy Folding@home Your smartphone is already great for sending email, checking sports scores and sharing photos of your lunch. Now it can help battle cancer, Alzheimer's and other diseases, thanks to a new app developed by Stanford scientists and Sony.

Stanford researchers measure concussion forces in detail

news.stanford.edu — Saul Bromberger and Sandra Hoover More than 40 million people worldwide suffer from concussions each year, but scientists are just beginning to understand the traumatic forces that cause the injury. Now, a team of engineers and physicians at Stanford has provided the first-ever measurements of all the acceleration forces imparted on the brain during a diagnosed concussion.

Altruism is not simply innate, Stanford study finds

news.stanford.edu — Chia-wa Yeh Ever since the concept of altruism was proposed in the 19th century, psychologists have debated whether or not people are born into the world preprogrammed to be nice to others. Now, a pair of Stanford psychologists has conducted experiments that indicate altruism has environmental triggers, and is not something we are simply born with.

Stanford chemists take step toward solving mystery of how enzymes work

news.stanford.edu — Courtesy of Steven Boxer Steven Boxer Open any biology or chemistry textbook and entire chapters will be dedicated to detailing molecular processes crucial to life that are only made possible by seemingly magical proteins called enzymes. The magic is not fully understood, however, and each book will offer a somewhat different explanation for how enzymes work.

Stanford engineers climb walls using gecko-inspired climbing device

news.stanford.edu — Gecko toes have the exciting ability to adhere strongly to nearly any surface and yet release with minimal effort. In an attempt to mimic those properties of the lizards, Stanford engineers have designed a controllable adhesive system that can stick to glass and support a person's weight.
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