Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 1999-09-22 07:00
PASADENA-For a male nematode, the LOV-1 gene couldn't be more aptly named. The millimeter-long roundworm, if its LOV-1 gene is functioning properly, has the eagerness to mate and the instincts to perform successfully.
But if the LOV-1 gene is disabled, the male nematode is truly clueless. The fact that "LOV" is an acronym for "location of vulva" pretty much says it all.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 1999-08-11 07:00
In a study that could point to a new way of predicting what extraterrestrial life might be like, a team of California Institute of Technology, UCLA and Michigan State researchers have shown that "digital organisms" respond to mutations in ways closely resembling the mutations of actual organisms like bacteria, fungi and fruit flies.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 1999-08-04 07:00
The California Institute of Technology will participate in a multi-institutional effort, funded by the National Science Foundation, to advance the field of adaptive optics, which promises to revolutionize astronomy.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 1999-06-19 07:00
In a novel process that makes the evolution of species look like an engineering design contest, California Institute of Technology scientists have forced a bacterial strain to "evolve" a beta caratenoid enzyme . The evolved enzyme can carry out reactions that normally require other proteins and expensive agents. These reactions are important for making drugs and chemicals.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 1999-06-03 07:00
A new study conducted by California Institute of Technology and Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists shows that the Europan ocean is unlikely to harbor any life form more complex than single-celled organisms—and maybe not even that.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 1999-05-31 07:00
A large new digital sky survey has been used by astronomers at the California Institute of Technology to discover distant quasars and other rare types of cosmic objects, including mysterious new objects of an unknown nature.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 1999-05-20 07:00
New work from California Institute of Technology researchers shows that a certain type of crack can exceed the shear wave speed through the material, creating a sort of "sonic boom," and can almost reach sound speed.