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Could Loss of Smell and Taste Be a Symptom of Coronavirus?

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Whilst the classic symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, persistent dry cough, shortness of breath – are now drummed into anyone following the spread of this novel coronavirus, a potential new symptom has begun to be reported by medical experts – a loss of smell or taste.

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5 Facts About the Dreaming Brain

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For World Sleep Day, NNR investigates what goes on in the brain during dreams. We uncover fascinating facts about rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep, the dreams of people born blind, and ask why some dreams are so strange.


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Counting Sheep: Exploring the Disorders That Stop Us From Sleeping

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In recognition of world sleep day 2020, we created this infographic to explore the different types of sleep and the sleep disorders that can plague us.

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New Immune Cell on the Block During Viral Lung Infections
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Scientists have identified a novel group of immune cells in the lungs that are associated with the control of inflammation during viral infections, like influenza or possibly coronavirus. This discovery may help to advance the development of therapeutics to treat inflammation-related lung conditions such as bronchitis, influenza and potentially even COVID-19.

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The First Genetic Map of the Cerebral Cortex
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Researchers have produced the first genetic map of the cerebral cortex, identifying more than 300 genetic variants that influence cortical structure and could play roles in psychiatric conditions.

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Lipid Helps Heal the Eye
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A species of a lipid that naturally helps skin injuries heal appears to also aid repair of common corneal injuries, even when other conditions, like diabetes, make healing difficult, scientists report.

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Jumping Genes Help Make Neurons in a Lab Dish
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The process of making functional brain cells in a lab dish requires the precise activation of selfish genetic elements known as LINE-1 (L1) retrotransposons. The finding, from researchers at KAUST, could lead to safer and more effective regenerative therapies for Parkinson's disease and other brain conditions.

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Study Provides Insights Into the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Brain Cancer
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In a recent study published in Autophagy, researchers at Kanazawa University show how abnormalities in a gene called TPR can lead to pediatric brain cancer.

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Molecular Probes for Opioid Receptors
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Newly developed molecular probes could make it easier to study the behavior of individual opioid receptors in detail.

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STREAM: Six Strategies That Can Help Your Mental Health During Coronavirus Isolation

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One in four people on earth are currently in lockdown related to the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. In this article, we look at some expert advice at how to cope with the impacts of this isolation on your mental health.

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Using Single Cells To Get the Whole Picture of the Epigenome
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In this article, we explore the advancements of single-cell sequencing methods such as scATAC-seq, and how these methods allow the mapping of large cell populations, one cell at a time. How does this information enhance our understanding of the epigenome?

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Jane C. Wright: The Woman Who Changed the Landscape of Oncology
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Dr Jane Cooke Wright – whether you’ve heard of her or not, her research changed the path of oncology, paving the way for cancer treatment as we know it.

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Jack of All Trades: Auditory “Highway” Also Processes Motion
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A new study from Gunsoo Kim’s group at the Center for Neuroscience Imaging Research in Suwon suggests that the IC, a subcortical area of the brain known to centralize auditory signals, also processes motion information.

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