New Genetics and Microbiology Resources Featured at Sciencia.org

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The Genetics and Microbiology Sciences are two of the key categories covered by the Biological Sciences Network Sciencia.org. The users of the website monitor nearly 190 scientific journals publishing in these two disciplines.

Sciencia.org is a new sciences social network established to provide the very latest news headlines, references and resources from scientific journals, books and websites worldwide. This science and research content is contributed by the website's users. There are currently 1.9 million entries distributed among 75 categories, a content base that is steadily growing. Sciencia.org covers news in all fields of biology, business, chemistry, engineering, geography, health, mathematics and society.

Sciencia.org's Genetics Sciences Category deals with the genetic composition of populations during successive generations, natural selection, genetic variation among individuals, and development of new species. Within this section the website currently contains over 19,000 articles partly deriving from 114 scientific genetics journals. The latest additions include an article on "Genetic analysis and fine mapping of the Ga1-S gene region conferring cross-incompatibility in maize". Many popcorn strains carry cross-incompatibility genes known as gametophyte factors (Ga). This study developed eight tightly linked markers to Ga1-S developed in this study may greatly facilitate the isolation of Ga1-S. Another article evaluates the ecological consequences of human-induced trait change in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems and argues that phenotypic change is not always an agent of ecological change but can also buffer ecosystems against change.

The Microbiology Sciences Category of Sciencia.org covers microorganisms and their effects on other living organisms. It currently contains almost 21,000 references deriving in part from almost one hundred scientific microbiology journals. One of the latest additions to this section is one entry on curcumin suppressing Streptococcus mutans adherence to human tooth surfaces and extracellular matrix proteins. Streptococcus mutans is the key causative agent of caries and the anti-adhesive effect of curcumin against it supports its widespread use as a food-based antimicrobial agent. Curcumin is the principal curcuminoid of the spice turmeric, which is extracted from ginger. A similar article investigates the antifungal activity of phenolic-rich Lavandula multifida L. essential oil. This essential oil may be useful in complementary therapy to treat infections including disseminated candidosis.

Besides the highlighted Genetics and Microbiology Sections, Sciencia.org's Biology Sciences Category contains another eight subsections including Agriculture, Anatomy, Biotechnology, Ecology, Environment, Forestry, Physiology and Zoology.

Currently, over 64,000 users monitor nearly 8,200 journals covering the broad spectrum of the sciences. They share about 3,000 new articles every day. Since new science content is discovered in real-time, the delay between original publication and appearance at Sciencia.org is not more than two days. The content at its' frontpage is rarely older than 20-60 after submission by users and all articles can easily be bookmarked with the AddThis Sharing buttons which include the increasingly popular Google+1 button.

The site maintains a @Sciencia Twitter account which currently features nearly 141,000 tweets informing over 760 followers about the latest developments in the sciences.

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