Bad Honnef, Germany (PRWEB) June 27, 2012
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ScienceAlerts.com's Biological Sciences Category covers life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, genetics, and distribution. It currently contains 383,937 stories selected from 997 scholarly biological sciences journals. This category also provides an Biological Sciences RSS feed which is one of the best and most popular ways of staying up to date with the latest news in this science discipline. One of the latest articles assesses testing four candidate barcoding markers in temperate woody bamboos (Poaceae: Bambusoideae). The authors' study is a first attempt to test the feasibility of four proposed DNA barcoding markers (matK, rbcL, trnH-psbA and ITS) in identifying 27 species of the temperate woody bamboos, i.e., Arundinarieae. They suggest that the combination of rbcL+ITS, which had the highest species identification power among all combinations, could be used as a potential DNA barcode in temperate woody bamboos. The category also features an article which predicts toxicity of the biofuel candidate 2,5-dimethylfuran in environmental and biological systems. 2,5-dimethylfuran (DMF) is a leading biofuel candidate, but was found to induce chromosomal damage in cultured murine cells, suggesting that it may be genotoxic. The authors consequently sought to prioritize the environmental and biological impacts of using DMF as a combustible biofuel. Although their results were inadequate for a stand-alone risk assessment of having associations with tumors and systemic diseases, the data suggest that DMF combustion intermediates pose a much broader range of hazards than DMF itself.
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