University of Maine

Molecular & Computational biology

The Achilles heel of the coronavirus

Viruses require the resources of an infected cell to replicate and then infect further cells, and transfer to other individuals. One essential step in the viral life cycle is the production of new viral proteins based on ...

Ecology

Scientists urge restoration of federal gray wolf protections

A group of scientists urged the Biden administration Thursday to restore legal protections for gray wolves, saying their removal earlier this year was premature and that states are allowing too many of the animals to be killed.

Plants & Animals

The first frost is the deepest

The first frost of autumn may be grim for gardeners but the latest evidence reveals it is a profound event in the life of plants.

Plants & Animals

Urban traffic noise causes song learning deficits in birds  

Traffic noise leads to inaccuracies and delays in the development of song learning in young birds. They also suffer from a suppressed immune system, which is an indicator of chronic stress. A new study by researchers of the ...

Genetics

Epigenetic changes drive the fate of a B cell

B cells are the immune cells responsible for creating antibodies, and most B cells, known as B2 cells, produce antibodies in response to a pathogen or a vaccine, providing defense and immunity against infections. But a small ...

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