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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443625/genome-wide-meta-analysis-of-241-258-adults-accounting-for-smoking-behaviour-identifies-novel-loci-for-obesity-traits
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Anne E Justice, Thomas W Winkler, Mary F Feitosa, Misa Graff, Virginia A Fisher, Kristin Young, Llilda Barata, Xuan Deng, Jacek Czajkowski, David Hadley, Julius S Ngwa, Tarunveer S Ahluwalia, Audrey Y Chu, Nancy L Heard-Costa, Elise Lim, Jeremiah Perez, John D Eicher, Zoltán Kutalik, Luting Xue, Anubha Mahajan, Frida Renström, Joseph Wu, Qibin Qi, Shafqat Ahmad, Tamuno Alfred, Najaf Amin, Lawrence F Bielak, Amelie Bonnefond, Jennifer Bragg, Gemma Cadby, Martina Chittani, Scott Coggeshall, Tanguy Corre, Nese Direk, Joel Eriksson, Krista Fischer, Mathias Gorski, Marie Neergaard Harder, Momoko Horikoshi, Tao Huang, Jennifer E Huffman, Anne U Jackson, Johanne Marie Justesen, Stavroula Kanoni, Leena Kinnunen, Marcus E Kleber, Pirjo Komulainen, Meena Kumari, Unhee Lim, Jian'an Luan, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Massimo Mangino, Ani Manichaikul, Jonathan Marten, Rita P S Middelberg, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Pau Navarro, Louis Pérusse, Natalia Pervjakova, Cinzia Sarti, Albert Vernon Smith, Jennifer A Smith, Alena Stančáková, Rona J Strawbridge, Heather M Stringham, Yun Ju Sung, Toshiko Tanaka, Alexander Teumer, Stella Trompet, Sander W van der Laan, Peter J van der Most, Jana V Van Vliet-Ostaptchouk, Sailaja L Vedantam, Niek Verweij, Jacqueline M Vink, Veronique Vitart, Ying Wu, Loic Yengo, Weihua Zhang, Jing Hua Zhao, Martina E Zimmermann, Niha Zubair, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Linda S Adair, Saima Afaq, Uzma Afzal, Stephan J L Bakker, Traci M Bartz, John Beilby, Richard N Bergman, Sven Bergmann, Reiner Biffar, John Blangero, Eric Boerwinkle, Lori L Bonnycastle, Erwin Bottinger, Daniele Braga, Brendan M Buckley, Steve Buyske, Harry Campbell, John C Chambers, Francis S Collins, Joanne E Curran, Gert J de Borst, Anton J M de Craen, Eco J C de Geus, George Dedoussis, Graciela E Delgado, Hester M den Ruijter, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Anna L Eriksson, Tõnu Esko, Jessica D Faul, Ian Ford, Terrence Forrester, Karl Gertow, Bruna Gigante, Nicola Glorioso, Jian Gong, Harald Grallert, Tanja B Grammer, Niels Grarup, Saskia Haitjema, Göran Hallmans, Anders Hamsten, Torben Hansen, Tamara B Harris, Catharina A Hartman, Maija Hassinen, Nicholas D Hastie, Andrew C Heath, Dena Hernandez, Lucia Hindorff, Lynne J Hocking, Mette Hollensted, Oddgeir L Holmen, Georg Homuth, Jouke Jan Hottenga, Jie Huang, Joseph Hung, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Erik Ingelsson, Alan L James, John-Olov Jansson, Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin, Min A Jhun, Marit E Jørgensen, Markus Juonala, Mika Kähönen, Magnus Karlsson, Heikki A Koistinen, Ivana Kolcic, Genovefa Kolovou, Charles Kooperberg, Bernhard K Krämer, Johanna Kuusisto, Kirsti Kvaløy, Timo A Lakka, Claudia Langenberg, Lenore J Launer, Karin Leander, Nanette R Lee, Lars Lind, Cecilia M Lindgren, Allan Linneberg, Stephane Lobbens, Marie Loh, Mattias Lorentzon, Robert Luben, Gitta Lubke, Anja Ludolph-Donislawski, Sara Lupoli, Pamela A F Madden, Reija Männikkö, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Nicholas G Martin, Colin A McKenzie, Barbara McKnight, Dan Mellström, Cristina Menni, Grant W Montgomery, Aw Bill Musk, Narisu Narisu, Matthias Nauck, Ilja M Nolte, Albertine J Oldehinkel, Matthias Olden, Ken K Ong, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Patricia A Peyser, Charlotta Pisinger, David J Porteous, Olli T Raitakari, Tuomo Rankinen, D C Rao, Laura J Rasmussen-Torvik, Rajesh Rawal, Treva Rice, Paul M Ridker, Lynda M Rose, Stephanie A Bien, Igor Rudan, Serena Sanna, Mark A Sarzynski, Naveed Sattar, Kai Savonen, David Schlessinger, Salome Scholtens, Claudia Schurmann, Robert A Scott, Bengt Sennblad, Marten A Siemelink, Günther Silbernagel, P Eline Slagboom, Harold Snieder, Jan A Staessen, David J Stott, Morris A Swertz, Amy J Swift, Kent D Taylor, Bamidele O Tayo, Barbara Thorand, Dorothee Thuillier, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Andre G Uitterlinden, Liesbeth Vandenput, Marie-Claude Vohl, Henry Völzke, Judith M Vonk, Gérard Waeber, Melanie Waldenberger, R G J Westendorp, Sarah Wild, Gonneke Willemsen, Bruce H R Wolffenbuttel, Andrew Wong, Alan F Wright, Wei Zhao, M Carola Zillikens, Damiano Baldassarre, Beverley Balkau, Stefania Bandinelli, Carsten A Böger, Dorret I Boomsma, Claude Bouchard, Marcel Bruinenberg, Daniel I Chasman, Yii-DerIda Chen, Peter S Chines, Richard S Cooper, Francesco Cucca, Daniele Cusi, Ulf de Faire, Luigi Ferrucci, Paul W Franks, Philippe Froguel, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Hans-Jörgen Grabe, Vilmundur Gudnason, Christopher A Haiman, Caroline Hayward, Kristian Hveem, Andrew D Johnson, J Wouter Jukema, Sharon L R Kardia, Mika Kivimaki, Jaspal S Kooner, Diana Kuh, Markku Laakso, Terho Lehtimäki, Loic Le Marchand, Winfried März, Mark I McCarthy, Andres Metspalu, Andrew P Morris, Claes Ohlsson, Lyle J Palmer, Gerard Pasterkamp, Oluf Pedersen, Annette Peters, Ulrike Peters, Ozren Polasek, Bruce M Psaty, Lu Qi, Rainer Rauramaa, Blair H Smith, Thorkild I A Sørensen, Konstantin Strauch, Henning Tiemeier, Elena Tremoli, Pim van der Harst, Henrik Vestergaard, Peter Vollenweider, Nicholas J Wareham, David R Weir, John B Whitfield, James F Wilson, Jessica Tyrrell, Timothy M Frayling, Inês Barroso, Michael Boehnke, Panagiotis Deloukas, Caroline S Fox, Joel N Hirschhorn, David J Hunter, Tim D Spector, David P Strachan, Cornelia M van Duijn, Iris M Heid, Karen L Mohlke, Jonathan Marchini, Ruth J F Loos, Tuomas O Kilpeläinen, Ching-Ti Liu, Ingrid B Borecki, Kari E North, L Adrienne Cupples
Few genome-wide association studies (GWAS) account for environmental exposures, like smoking, potentially impacting the overall trait variance when investigating the genetic contribution to obesity-related traits. Here, we use GWAS data from 51,080 current smokers and 190,178 nonsmokers (87% European descent) to identify loci influencing BMI and central adiposity, measured as waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio both adjusted for BMI. We identify 23 novel genetic loci, and 9 loci with convincing evidence of gene-smoking interaction (GxSMK) on obesity-related traits...
April 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414723/prevalence-and-determinants-of-stereotypic-behaviours-and-physiological-stress-among-tigers-and-leopards-in-indian-zoos
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Janice Vaz, Edward J Narayan, R Dileep Kumar, K Thenmozhi, Krishnamoorthy Thiyagesan, Nagarajan Baskaran
India's charismatic wildlife species are facing immense pressure from anthropogenic-induced environmental perturbations. Zoos play a major role in the conservation of threatened species, but their adaptation in captivity is posing a major challenge globally. Stress from inadequate adaptation could lead to suppression of cognitive functioning and increased display of stereotypic behaviour. It is thus necessary to measure biological traits like behaviour, stress physiology, and contextual factors driving the animals maintained at zoos...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405275/the-reproductive-potential-and-importance-of-key-management-aspects-for-successful-calluna-vulgaris-rejuvenation-on-abandoned-continental-heaths
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Katrin Henning, Goddert von Oheimb, Werner Härdtle, Andreas Fichtner, Sabine Tischew
The abandonment of traditional pastoralism as well as the use of heath areas for military purposes has had a major impact on dry heaths in the Continental biogeographical region of Europe, causing severe degradation of its key species Calluna vulgaris (L.) HULL. The reproductive potential of this species in a Continental climate is assumed to be low, although there is yet no observational or experimental evidence for this. More knowledge is also needed about cost-effective and sustainable measures to restore abandoned dry heaths in this biogeographical region, because traditional management options are often too expensive (e...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385135/an-outbreak-of-salmonellosis-associated-with-duck-prosciutto-at-a-northern-territory-restaurant
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Anthony Dk Draper, Claire N Morton, Joshua Ni Heath, Justin A Lim, Anninka I Schiek, Stephanie Davis, Vicki L Krause, Peter G Markey
In June 2015, an outbreak of salmonellosis occurred among people who had eaten at a restaurant in Darwin, Northern Territory over 2 consecutive nights. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of diners who ate at the restaurant on 19 and 20 June 2015. Diners were telephoned and a questionnaire recorded symptoms and menu items consumed. An outbreak case was defined as anyone with laboratory confirmed Salmonella Typhimurium PT9 (STm9) or a clinically compatible illness after eating at the restaurant. Environmental health officers inspected the premises and collected food samples...
March 31, 2017: Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385134/an-outbreak-of-salmonella-saintpaul-gastroenteritis-after-attending-a-school-camp-in-the-northern-territory-australia
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Anthony Dk Draper, Claire N Morton, Joshua Ni Heath, Justin A Lim, Peter G Markey
An outbreak of salmonellosis occurred following attendance at a school camp between 5 and 8 August 2014 in a remote area of the Northern Territory, Australia. We conducted a retrospective cohort study via telephone interviews, using a structured questionnaire that recorded symptoms and exposures to foods and activities during the camp. A case was anyone with laboratory confirmed Salmonella Saintpaul infection or a clinically compatible illness after attending the camp. Environmental health officers from the Environmental Health Branch undertook an investigation and collected water and environmental samples...
March 31, 2017: Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282867/virus-resistance-is-not-costly-in-a-marine-alga-evolving-under-multiple-environmental-stressors
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Sarah E Heath, Kirsten Knox, Pedro F Vale, Sinead Collins
Viruses are important evolutionary drivers of host ecology and evolution. The marine picoplankton Ostreococcus tauri has three known resistance types that arise in response to infection with the Phycodnavirus OtV5: susceptible cells (S) that lyse following viral entry and replication; resistant cells (R) that are refractory to viral entry; and resistant producers (RP) that do not all lyse but maintain some viruses within the population. To test for evolutionary costs of maintaining antiviral resistance, we examined whether O...
March 8, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257403/foodborne-illness-outbreak-investigation-training-needs-a-survey-among-state-public-health-staff-in-the-northeast-and-mid-atlantic-united-states
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Alphina Ho, Paula Pennell-Huth, Alexandra Newman, Shelley Zansky, Martin Wiedmann
CONTEXT: In 2011, the Food Safety and Modernization Act established Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence across the United States to train, educate, and enhance the skill of foodborne illness outbreak investigation teams. To target regional training efforts, the New York Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence (NYCoE) identified training needs in food safety and foodborne illness investigations among public heath staff in 11 states and 1 large metropolitan area in the Northeast...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207176/detecting-state-changes-for-ecosystem-conservation-with-long-term-monitoring-of-species-composition
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T J Mason, D A Keith, A D Letten
Effective conservation requires an understanding not only of contemporary vegetation distributions in the landscape, but also cognizance of vegetation transitions over time with the goal of maintaining persistence of all states within the landscape. Using a state and transition model framework, we investigated temporal transitions over 31 years in species composition among five upland swamp vegetation communities in southeastern Australia. We applied fuzzy clustering to document transitions across communities; evaluated the resilience and resistance of communities to change; and explored the relationship between ecosystem states and major environmental factors posited to structure the system...
October 4, 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195528/sustainable-diets-within-sustainable-food-systems
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Alexandre Meybeck, Vincent Gitz
Sustainable diets and sustainable food systems are increasingly explored by diverse scientific disciplines. They are also recognised by the international community and called upon to orient action towards the eradication of hunger and malnutrition and the fulfilment of sustainable development goals. The aim of the present paper is to briefly consider some of the links between these two notions in order to facilitate the operationalisation of the concept of sustainable diet. The concept of sustainable diet was defined in 2010 combining two totally different perspectives: a nutrition perspective, focused on individuals, and a global sustainability perspective, in all its dimensions: environmental, economic and social...
February 2017: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131504/childhood-cancer-risk-in-the-siblings-and-cousins-of-men-with-poor-semen-quality
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Ross E Anderson, Heidi A Hanson, William T Lowrance, Jeffrey Redshaw, Siam Oottamasathien, Anthony Schaeffer, Erica Johnstone, Kenneth I Aston, Douglas T Carrell, Patrick Cartwright, Ken R Smith, James M Hotaling
PURPOSE: Poor semen quality is associated with reduced somatic health and increased cancer risk. Infertility and cancer are increasingly being linked by epidemiologists and basic scientists. We sought to identify semen parameters associated with an increased childhood cancer risk in the family members of subfertile men. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study in men from the SHARE (Subfertility Heath and Assisted Reproduction) study who underwent semen analysis between 1994 and 2011...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101914/prenatal-stress-exposure-generates-higher-early-survival-and-smaller-size-without-impacting-developmental-rate-in-a-pacific-salmon
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Pauline M Capelle, Christina A D Semeniuk, Natalie M Sopinka, John W Heath, Oliver P Love
Prenatal exposure to elevated glucocorticoids can act as a signal of environmental stress, resulting in modifications to offspring phenotype. While "negative" phenotypic effects (i.e., smaller size, slower growth) are often reported, recent research coupling phenotype with other fitness-related traits has suggested positive impacts of prenatal stress. Using captive Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), we treated eggs with biologically relevant cortisol levels-low (300 ng mL(-1) ), high (1,000 ng mL(-1) ), or control (0 ng mL(-1) )-to examine the early-life impacts of maternally transferred stress hormones on offspring...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040195/human-health-screening-and-public-health-significance-of-contaminants-of-emerging-concern-detected-in-public-water-supplies
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Robert Benson, Octavia D Conerly, William Sander, Angela L Batt, J Scott Boone, Edward T Furlong, Susan T Glassmeyer, Dana W Kolpin, Heath E Mash, Kathleen M Schenck, Jane Ellen Simmons
The source water and treated drinking water from twenty five drinking water treatment plants (DWTPs) across the United States were sampled in 2010-2012. Samples were analyzed for 247 contaminants using 15 chemical and microbiological methods. Most of these contaminants are not regulated currently either in drinking water or in discharges to ambient water by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) or other U.S. regulatory agencies. This analysis shows that there is little public health concern for most of the contaminants detected in treated water from the 25 DWTPs participating in this study...
February 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040194/nationwide-reconnaissance-of-contaminants-of-emerging-concern-in-source-and-treated-drinking-waters-of-the-united-states-pharmaceuticals
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Edward T Furlong, Angela L Batt, Susan T Glassmeyer, Mary C Noriega, Dana W Kolpin, Heath Mash, Kathleen M Schenck
Mobile and persistent chemicals that are present in urban wastewater, such as pharmaceuticals, may survive on-site or municipal wastewater treatment and post-discharge environmental processes. These pharmaceuticals have the potential to reach surface and groundwaters, essential drinking-water sources. A joint, two-phase U.S. Geological Survey-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study examined source and treated waters from 25 drinking-water treatment plants from across the United States. Treatment plants that had probable wastewater inputs to their source waters were selected to assess the prevalence of pharmaceuticals in such source waters, and to identify which pharmaceuticals persist through drinking-water treatment...
February 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917931/metagenomic-profiling-of-historic-colorado-front-range-flood-impact-on-distribution-of-riverine-antibiotic-resistance-genes
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Emily Garner, Joshua S Wallace, Gustavo Arango Argoty, Caitlin Wilkinson, Nicole Fahrenfeld, Lenwood S Heath, Liqing Zhang, Mazdak Arabi, Diana S Aga, Amy Pruden
Record-breaking floods in September 2013 caused massive damage to homes and infrastructure across the Colorado Front Range and heavily impacted the Cache La Poudre River watershed. Given the unique nature of this watershed as a test-bed for tracking environmental pathways of antibiotic resistance gene (ARG) dissemination, we sought to determine the impact of extreme flooding on ARG reservoirs in river water and sediment. We utilized high-throughput DNA sequencing to obtain metagenomic profiles of ARGs before and after flooding, and investigated 23 antibiotics and 14 metals as putative selective agents during post-flood recovery...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871138/high-genetic-diversity-of-vibrio-cholerae-in-the-european-lake-neusiedler-see-is-associated-with-intensive-recombination-in-the-reed-habitat-and-the-long-distance-transfer-of-strains
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Carina Pretzer, Irina S Druzhinina, Carmen Amaro, Eva Benediktsdóttir, Ingela Hedenström, Dominique Hervio-Heath, Steliana Huhulescu, Franciska M Schets, Andreas H Farnleitner, Alexander K T Kirschner
Coastal marine Vibrio cholerae populations usually exhibit high genetic diversity. To assess the genetic diversity of abundant V. cholerae non-O1/non-O139 populations in the Central European lake Neusiedler See, we performed a phylogenetic analysis based on recA, toxR, gyrB and pyrH loci sequenced for 472 strains. The strains were isolated from three ecologically different habitats in a lake that is a hot-spot of migrating birds and an important bathing water. We also analyzed 76 environmental and human V. cholerae non-O1/non-O139 isolates from Austria and other European countries and added sequences of seven genome-sequenced strains...
November 21, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849178/modulation-of-pertussis-and-adenylate-cyclase-toxins-by-sigma-factor-rpoe-in-bordetella-pertussis
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Mariette Barbier, Dylan T Boehm, Emel Sen-Kilic, Claire Bonnin, Theo Pinheiro, Casey Hoffman, Mary Gray, Erik Hewlett, F Heath Damron
Bordetella pertussis is a human pathogen that can infect the respiratory tract and cause the disease known as whooping cough. B. pertussis uses pertussis toxin (PT) and adenylate cyclase toxin (ACT) to kill and modulate host cells to allow the pathogen to survive and persist. B. pertussis encodes many uncharacterized transcription factors, and very little is known about their functions. RpoE is a sigma factor which, in other bacteria, responds to oxidative, heat, and other environmental stresses. RseA is a negative regulator of RpoE that sequesters the sigma factor to regulate gene expression based on conditions...
January 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826820/re-vegetation-processes-in-cutaway-peat-production-fields-in-estonia-in-relation-to-peat-quality-and-water-regime
#17
Mall Orru, Katri Ots, Hans Orru
Eighty-one cutaway peat production fields with a total area of about 9000 ha exist and were studied in Estonia in 2005-2015. Only a very small number of the fields (seven) have been restored-either afforested or used for growing berries. The re-vegetation of Estonian cutaway peat production fields is mainly the result of natural processes, which are generally very slow due to an unfavourable water regime or a too thin remaining peat layer. The fields are mostly covered by cotton grass and birches. Often sparse vegetation covers 15-20% of a peat field, but some fields have turned into heaths or grasslands with plant coverage up to 60%...
December 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801919/the-role-of-the-state-health-laboratories-in-advancing-health-equity
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REVIEW
Ewa King, Cynthia Vanner, Henry Leibovitz, Robin Smith
While laboratories play an important and recognized role in many public health programs that require surveillance of disease spread or monitoring of environmental conditions, the role of public laboratories in assessing and advancing health equity is not well understood. Yet, public laboratories collect, provide or generate much of the data used to determine health equity status and monitor heath equity trends in multiple settings and disciplines. RI State Health Laboratories, a division of the RI Department of Health, operates programs that help measure and address health disparities...
November 1, 2016: Rhode Island Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797688/cannabis-involvement-and-nonsuicidal-self-injury-a-discordant-twin-approach
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Lauren R Few, Julia D Grant, Elliot C Nelson, Timothy J Trull, Richard A Grucza, Kathleen K Bucholz, Karin J H Verweij, Nicholas G Martin, Dixie J Statham, Pamela A F Madden, Andrew C Heath, Michael T Lynskey, Arpana Agrawal
OBJECTIVE: Cannabis use, particularly at an early age, has been linked to suicidal thoughts and behavior, but minimal work has examined the association between cannabis use and lifetime nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI). The current study aims to characterize the overlap between lifetime and early cannabis use and NSSI and to examine genetic and environmental mechanisms of this association. METHOD: Adult male and female twins from the Australian Twin Registry (N = 9,583) were used to examine the odds of NSSI associated with lifetime cannabis use and early cannabis use (i...
November 2016: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768828/mode-of-resistance-to-viral-lysis-affects-host-growth-across-multiple-environments-in-the-marine-picoeukaryote-ostreococcus-tauri
#20
Sarah E Heath, Sinead Collins
Viruses play important roles in population dynamics and as drivers of evolution in single-celled marine phytoplankton. Viral infection of Ostreococcus tauri often causes cell lysis, but two spontaneously arising resistance mechanisms occur: resistant cells that cannot become infected and resistant producer cells that are infected but not lysed, and which may slowly release viruses. As of yet, little is known about how consistent the effects of viruses on their hosts are across different environments. To measure the effect of host resistance on host growth, and to determine whether this effect is environmentally dependent, we compared the growth and survival of susceptible, resistant and resistant producer O...
December 2016: Environmental Microbiology
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