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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728147/efficient-maximum-likelihood-estimation-for-pedigree-data-with-the-sum-product-algorithm
#1
Alexander Engelhardt, Anna Rieger, Achim Tresch, Ulrich Mansmann
OBJECTIVE: We analyze data sets consisting of pedigrees with age at onset of colorectal cancer (CRC) as phenotype. The occurrence of familial clusters of CRC suggests the existence of a latent, inheritable risk factor. We aimed to compute the probability of a family possessing this risk factor as well as the hazard rate increase for these risk factor carriers. Due to the inheritability of this risk factor, the estimation necessitates a costly marginalization of the likelihood. METHODS: We propose an improved EM algorithm by applying factor graphs and the sum-product algorithm in the E-step...
July 21, 2017: Human Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727806/genocore-a-simple-and-fast-algorithm-for-core-subset-selection-from-large-genotype-datasets
#2
Seongmun Jeong, Jae-Yoon Kim, Soon-Chun Jeong, Sung-Taeg Kang, Jung-Kyung Moon, Namshin Kim
Selecting core subsets from plant genotype datasets is important for enhancing cost-effectiveness and to shorten the time required for analyses of genome-wide association studies (GWAS), and genomics-assisted breeding of crop species, etc. Recently, a large number of genetic markers (>100,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms) have been identified from high-density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays and next-generation sequencing (NGS) data. However, there is no software available for picking out the efficient and consistent core subset from such a huge dataset...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727757/development-of-organic-fertilizers-from-food-market-waste-and-urban-gardening-by-composting-in-ecuador
#3
J Jara-Samaniego, M D Pérez-Murcia, M A Bustamante, C Paredes, A Pérez-Espinosa, I Gavilanes-Terán, M López, F C Marhuenda-Egea, H Brito, R Moral
Currently, the management of urban waste streams in developing countries is not optimized yet, and in many cases these wastes are disposed untreated in open dumps. This fact causes serious environmental and health problems due to the presence of contaminants and pathogens. Frequently, the use of specific low-cost strategies reduces the total amount of wastes. These strategies are mainly associated to the identification, separate collection and composting of specific organic waste streams, such as vegetable and fruit refuses from food markets and urban gardening activities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727111/phenotypic-and-genetic-relationships-of-residual-feed-intake-measures-and-their-component-traits-with-fatty-acid-composition-in-subcutaneous-adipose-of-beef-cattle
#4
F Zhang, C Ekine-Dzivenu, M Vinsky, J A Basarab, J L Aalhus, M E R Dugan, C Li
Feed efficiency is of particular interest to the beef industry because feed is the largest variable cost in production and fatty acid composition is emerging as an important trait, both economically and socially, due to the potential implications of dietary fatty acids on human health. Quantifying correlations between feed efficiency and fatty acid composition will contribute to construction of optimal multiple-trait selection indexes to maximize beef production profitability. In the present study, we estimated phenotypic and genetic correlations of feed efficiency measures including residual feed intake (RFI), RFI adjusted for final ultrasound backfat thickness (RFIf); their component traits ADG, DMI, and metabolic BW; and final ultrasound backfat thickness measured at the end of feedlot test with 25 major fatty acids in the subcutaneous adipose tissues of 1,366 finishing steers and heifers using bivariate animal models...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727062/workload-of-official-contests-net-cost-of-transport-and-metabolic-power-of-mangalarga-marchador-horses-of-marcha-batida-or-picada-gaits
#5
J Lage, M G Fonseca, G G M de Barros, W H Feringer-Júnior, G T Pereira, G C Ferraz
This study aimed to characterize the maximum heart rate (HR) and the intensity of official marcha contests (OMC) and to compare the cost of transport (COT) and metabolic power (Pmet) of Mangalarga Marchador (MM) horses of marcha batida (MB) and marcha picada (MP) gaits. Twenty-two MM horses participated in this study. The experiment was conducted in 3 phases: 1) maximum effort test (MET), 2) OMC, and 3) standardized marcha test (SMT). To characterize the HR, 19 horses (14 MB and 5 MP) underwent a MET. Of those, 13 (9 MB and 4 MP) were monitored during the OMC, which consisted of 4 stages: marcha, walk, functional trial, and rest...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727022/triennial-growth-and-development-symposium-genetics-and-breeding-for-intramuscular-fat-and-oleic-acid-content-in-pigs
#6
J Estany, R Ros-Freixedes, M Tor, R N Pena
The intramuscular fat (IMF) and oleic acid (OL) content have been favorably related to pork quality and human health. This influences the purchasing behavior of consumers and, therefore, also shifts the attention of breeding companies toward whether these traits are included into the breeding goal of the lines producing for high-valued markets. Because IMF and OL are unfavorably associated with lean content, a key economic trait, the real challenge for the industry is not simply to increase IMF and OL, but rather to come up with the right trade-off between them and lean content...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727007/best-management-practices-for-newly-weaned-calves-for-improved-health-and-well-being
#7
B K Wilson, C J Richards, D L Step, C R Krehbiel
Morbidity and mortality in newly weaned calves resulting from bovine respiratory disease (BRD) continue to be the most significant problems facing the beef industry. Morbidity attributed to BRD accounts for approximately 75% of total feedlot morbidity. Several experiments have documented the economic impacts of BRD. Direct costs attributable to BRD include death loss, treatment and labor costs, and prevention costs, while indirect costs associated with BRD include decreased growth performance and feed efficiency, increased days on feed, and decreased carcass merit and market value...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726713/a-comprehensive-study-on-adsorption-behavior-of-some-azo-dyes-from-aqueous-solution-onto-different-adsorbents
#8
Nihan Kaya
One of the major environmental problems is the existence of dye materials in water sources. This pollutant must be removed from water by appropriate methods. Although most of these methods are efficient for the treatment of waters contaminated with dye pollutants, they are very costly and commercially unattractive. Adsorption is one of the most popular methods for the removal of dye pollutants from water especially if the sorbent is inexpensive. Sorbents are classified as natural sorbents, commercial sorbents, and the sorbents obtained from industrial and agricultural wastes...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726711/the-use-of-constructed-wetlands-for-the-treatment-and-reuse-of-urban-wastewater-for-the-irrigation-of-two-warm-season-turfgrass-species-under-mediterranean-climatic-conditions
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Mario Licata, Teresa Tuttolomondo, Claudio Leto, Salvatore La Bella, Giuseppe Virga
Constructed wetlands (CWs) represent low-cost technology for the treatment and reuse of wastewater in urban areas. This study aimed to evaluate the pollutant removal efficiency of a CW system and to assess the effects of irrigation using treated urban wastewater on soil and on two warm-season turf species. The research was carried out in Sicily (Italy) on a pilot-scale horizontal subsurface flow system which was fed with treated urban wastewater following secondary treatment from an activated-sludge wastewater treatment plant...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726695/a-combined-reed-bed-freezing-bed-technology-for-septage-treatment-and-reuse-in-cold-climate-regions
#10
C Kinsley, K Kennedy, A Crolla
A combined reed bed-freezing bed (RB-FB) technology was effective at treating septage under Canadian climatic conditions over a 5-year period with average loading rates of 82-104 kg TS/m(2)/y. Varying hydraulic and solid loading rates as well as the increasing sludge cake with time had little to no effect on treatment efficiency, with almost complete removal of organic matter, solids, heavy metals and nutrients. Filtrate concentrations varied significantly between the freeze-thaw and growing seasons for many parameters, although the differences were not important from a treatment or reuse perspective with filtrate quality similar to a low to medium strength domestic wastewater...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726393/bioreducible-peptide-dendrimeric-nanogels-with-abundant-expanded-voids-for-efficient-drug-entrapment-and-delivery
#11
Dan Zhong, Zhaoxu Tu, Xiao Zhang, Yachao Li, Xianghui Xu, Zhongwei Gu
Dendrimer-based nanoplatforms have exhibited the wide prospect in the field of nanomedicine for drug delivery, without great success due to many predicaments of cytotoxicity, high cost and low yield. In this work, we report a feasible strategy on dynamic cross-linkings of low-generation peptide dendrimers into bioreducible nanogels for efficient drug controlled release. With a facile fabrication, the disulfide cross-linkings of biocompatible peptide dendrimers successfully possess well-defined and stable nanostructures with abundant expanded voids for efficient molecular encapsulation...
July 20, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726359/earplugs-during-the-first-night-after-cardiothoracic-surgery-may-improve-a-fast-track-protocol
#12
Johannes Menger, Bernhard Urbanek, Keso Skhirtladze-Dworschak, Viktoria Wolf, Arabella Fischer, Harald Rinösl, Martin Dworschak
BACKGROUND: Sleep deprivation after major surgery is common and associated with worse outcome. Noise is one important reason for sleep fragmentation, which contributes to enhanced morbidity. The purpose of this work was to evaluate the impact of earplugs on patients' sleep quality during their first night after cardiothoracic surgery to eventually improve an existing fast-track concept. METHODS: Sixty-three patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery eligible for a postoperative fast- track regimen on our cardiothoracic post anaesthesia care unit (C-PACU) were prospectively included...
July 20, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726331/novel-fluid-shear-based-dissociation-device-for-improved-single-cell-dissociation-of-spheroids-and-cell-aggregates
#13
Ursula L Triantafillu, Jaron N Nix, Yonghyun Kim
Biological industries commonly rely on bioreactor systems for the large-scale production of cells. Cell aggregation, clumping, and spheroid morphology of certain suspension cells make their large-scale culture challenging. Growing stem cells as spheroids is indispensable to retain their stemness, but large spheroids (>500 µm diameter) suffer from poor oxygen and nutrient diffusion, ultimately resulting in premature cell death in the centers of the spheroids. Despite this, most large-scale bioprocesses do not have an efficient method for dissociating cells into single cells, but rely on costly enzymatic dissociation techniques...
July 20, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726250/too-big-too-small-or-just-right-cost-efficiency-of-environmental-inspection-services-in-connecticut
#14
Jeffrey P Cohen, Patricia J Checko
OBJECTIVE: To assess optimal activity size/mix of Connecticut local public health jurisdictions, through estimating economies of scale/scope/specialization for environmental inspections/services. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Connecticut's 74 local health jurisdictions (LHJs) must provide environmental health services, but their efficiency or reasons for wide cost variation are unknown. The public health system is decentralized, with variation in organizational structure/size...
July 20, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725922/genetic-testing-protocol-reduces-costs-and-increases-rate-of-genetic-diagnosis-in-infants-with-congenital-heart-disease
#15
Gabrielle C Geddes, Donald Basel, Peter Frommelt, Aaron Kinney, Michael Earing
Genetic testing is routinely performed on infants with critical congenital heart disease (CHD). This project reviewed the effect of implementing a genetic testing protocol in this population. Charts of infants with critical CHD were reviewed for genetic testing and results across two time periods: the time before implementation of a genetic testing protocol (pre-protocol) and the time after implementation (post-protocol). The use of karyotype, 22q11.2 Deletion testing, and chromosomal microarray were compared across these two time periods...
July 19, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725883/efficient-learning-of-classification-models-from-soft-label-information-by-binning-and-ranking
#16
Yanbing Xue, Milos Hauskrecht
Construction of classification models from data in practice often requires additional human effort to annotate (label) observed data instances. However, this annotation effort may often be too costly and only a limited number of data instances may be feasibly labeled. The challenge is to find methods that let us reduce the number of the labeled instances but at the same time preserve the quality of the learned models. In this paper we study the idea of learning classification from soft label information in which each instance is associated with a soft-label further refining its class label...
May 2017: Proceedings of the ... International Florida AI Research Society Conference
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725882/group-based-active-learning-of-classification-models
#17
Zhipeng Luo, Milos Hauskrecht
Learning of classification models from real-world data often requires additional human expert effort to annotate the data. However, this process can be rather costly and finding ways of reducing the human annotation effort is critical for this task. The objective of this paper is to develop and study new ways of providing human feedback for efficient learning of classification models by labeling groups of examples. Briefly, unlike traditional active learning methods that seek feedback on individual examples, we develop a new group-based active learning framework that solicits label information on groups of multiple examples...
May 2017: Proceedings of the ... International Florida AI Research Society Conference
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725450/various-levels-of-copra-meal-supplementation-with-%C3%AE-mannanase-on-growth-performance-blood-profile-nutrient-digestibility-pork-quality-and-economical-analysis-in-growing-finishing-pigs
#18
H J Kim, S O Nam, J H Jeong, L H Fang, H B Yoo, S H Yoo, J S Hong, S W Son, S H Ha, Y Y Kim
BACKGROUND: To reduce use of main feed ingredient like corn, soy bean meal (SBM) and wheat, alternative ingredients has been studied like copra meal (CM). Production amount of CM which has been high makes CM to be an alternative feed stuff. However, low digestibility on AA and low energy content by high fiber content can be an obstacle for using CM. This experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of CM supplementation with β-mannanase on growth performance, blood profile, nutrient digestibility, pork quality and economic analysis in growing-finishing pigs...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725268/towards-microalgal-triglycerides-in-the-commodity-markets
#19
Giulia Benvenuti, Jesús Ruiz, Packo P Lamers, Rouke Bosma, René H Wijffels, Maria J Barbosa
BACKGROUND: Microalgal triglycerides (TAGs) hold great promise as sustainable feedstock for commodity industries. However, to determine research priorities and support business decisions, solid techno-economic studies are essential. Here, we present a techno-economic analysis of two-step TAG production (growth reactors are operated in continuous mode such that multiple batch-operated stress reactors are inoculated and harvested sequentially) for a 100-ha plant in southern Spain using vertically stacked tubular photobioreactors...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725266/highly-efficient-methane-generation-from-untreated-microalgae-biomass
#20
Viktor Klassen, Olga Blifernez-Klassen, Daniel Wibberg, Anika Winkler, Jörn Kalinowski, Clemens Posten, Olaf Kruse
BACKGROUND: The fact that microalgae perform very efficiently photosynthetic conversion of sunlight into chemical energy has moved them into the focus of regenerative fuel research. Especially, biogas generation via anaerobic digestion is economically attractive due to the comparably simple apparative process technology and the theoretical possibility of converting the entire algal biomass to biogas/methane. In the last 60 years, intensive research on biogas production from microalgae biomass has revealed the microalgae as a rather challenging substrate for anaerobic digestion due to its high cell wall recalcitrance and unfavorable protein content, which requires additional pretreatment and co-fermentation strategies for sufficient fermentation...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
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