Biological Sciences - Life-Sciences.net
(PRWEB) November 16, 2011
The Biological Sciences category of the Life-Sciences Magazine covers natural science of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy. This section currently contains more than 486,000 articles. A great part of these contributions derive from nearly 980 international scientific journals covering this science discipline.
One of the latest inclusions deals with the engineering of natural killer (NK) cells for cellular therapy of cancer. The function of such cells is governed by a balance of stimulatory and inhibitory signals triggered by surface receptors. Expanded NK cells can be transduced with genes encoding chimeric antigen receptors that stimulate tumor cell-specific cytotoxicity. Since they can kill transformed cells they are a promising tool for the treatment of cancer by NK cell immunotherapy.
Another article on plant introduction, naturalization, and invasion in French Guiana covers the vulnerability of this continental tropical ecosystems to biological invasions. Although such ecosystems are thought to be more resistant to invasive alien species due to their higher native biota diversity and complexity, they are now experiencing alien plant naturalization and invasion events. The article's authors recorded 490 alien plants of which 34% are currently naturalized. The tree species Acacia mangium (Mimosaceae) and Melaleuca quinquenervia (Myrtaceae) which were introduced for reforestation, rehabilitation and and as garden ornamentals are identified as highly invasive since they form localized but dense monotypic stands.
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