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Fruit Fly Protein Could Help Tackle Disease-Carrying Mosquitos
Fruit Fly Protein Could Help Tackle Disease-Carrying Mosquitos
News   Oct 12, 2018

An insulin-binding protein in fruit flies could provide new opportunities for tackling mosquitoes that carry diseases such as malaria and yellow fever, scientists at the University of York have found.

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Previously Unknown Role for Basophils in the Lung
Previously Unknown Role for Basophils in the Lung
News   Oct 12, 2018

Basophils, immune cells mainly known in the context of allergy, found to play a crucial role in the development of macrophages in the lung.

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How to Define Spectrums of Biomarker Outcomes
How to Define Spectrums of Biomarker Outcomes
News   Oct 12, 2018

Defining the full spectrum of human disease associated with a biomarker is necessary to advance the biomarker into clinical practice.

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Yeast have Surprising Way of Clearing Infection
Yeast have Surprising Way of Clearing Infection
News   Oct 12, 2018

Researchers studying yeast cells have discovered a surprisingly located new mechanism for detecting foreign genetic material – whether from pathogens or environmental contamination – and rendering it harmless.

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Feel Sensitive After Sunburn? This Gene May Be Why
Feel Sensitive After Sunburn? This Gene May Be Why
News   Oct 11, 2018

Ever wonder why things that normally feel gentle, like putting on soft shirts, are painful after a sunburn? In a study of four patients with a rare genetic disorder, NIH researchers found that PIEZO2 may be responsible for tactile allodynia: the skin’s reaction to injury that makes normally gentle touches feel painful.

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Sugar Metabolism Gene Suggests a New Way to Fight Obesity
Sugar Metabolism Gene Suggests a New Way to Fight Obesity
News   Oct 10, 2018

Researchers say they have discovered a gene mutation that slows the metabolism of sugar in the gut, giving people who have the mutation a lower risk of diabetes, obesity, heart failure, and even death. The researchers say their finding could provide the basis for drug therapies that could mimic the workings of this gene mutation.

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The Dark Matter of the Genome
The Dark Matter of the Genome
News   Oct 10, 2018

A new study from the Scripps Research laboratory of Sathyanarayanan Puthanveettil, PhD, peers deep within the nucleus of developing brain cells and finds that long noncoding RNAs play an important role in the healthy functioning and maintenance of synapses, the communication points between nerve cells in the brain.

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Spatiotemporal Self-patterning of Stem Cells Interrogated with CRISPR
Spatiotemporal Self-patterning of Stem Cells Interrogated with CRISPR
News   Oct 10, 2018

Understanding how physical organization of cells influences their identity is necessary for creating better organoids.

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Gene Associated with Erectile Dysfunction Identified
Gene Associated with Erectile Dysfunction Identified
News   Oct 10, 2018

In a new study that ultimately analyzed the genomes of nearly a quarter of a million men, a research team including UC San Francisco scientists has discovered that variants at a single site on Chromosome 6 are associated with a significantly higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction (ED).

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Pheromone Sensing is Way More Ancient Than We Thought
Pheromone Sensing is Way More Ancient Than We Thought
News   Oct 10, 2018

Scientists have discovered a gene that appears to play a vital role in pheromone sensing. The gene is conserved across fish and mammals and over 400 million years of vertebrate evolution, indicating that the pheromone sensing system is much more ancient than previously believed.

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