7 Days in Science – October 04, 2019
List Oct 04, 2019
Fruit Flies Get CRISPRed – And Make You Vomit
Researchers have turned perfectly palatable fruit flies -- palatable, at least, to frogs and birds -- into potentially poisonous prey that may cause anything that eats them to puke. In large enough quantities, the flies likely would make a human puke, too, much like the emetic effect of ipecac syrup.
Published in: Nature
Cancer Patients Could Benefit From “Off-label” Drugs
Some cancer patients may benefit from being treated with “off-label” drugs that are not routinely prescribed for their exact tumor type, according to new research conducted as part of the Drug Rediscovery protocol.
Published in: Nature
Researchers Discover a Possible Origin of the Female Orgasm
The origin of the female orgasm is a hotly-debated scientific mystery – why does such a complex process exist if it isn’t necessary for reproduction? In a new study, scientists suggest it’s an evolutionary “left-over”, from a time when animals needed it to ovulate.
Published in: PNAS
Hearing Voices in Schizophrenia Could Start in Infancy
Researchers comparing the auditory cortex of schizophrenic patients with healthy individuals suggest that "hearing voices" may be due to brain changes that begin in infancy,
Published in: Npj Schizophrenia
Neutron Beam Analysis Helps Inspectors Check Dismantled Nuclear Bombs
MIT researchers have successfully tested a new high-tech method that could help inspectors verify the destruction of nuclear weapons, whilst keeping military data secure.
Published in: Nature Communications
Technology Networks visited Dresden, Germany, for the Lipotype Lipidomics Excellence Award press talk. The award acknowledges fast-forward thinking in a rapidly growing field. We spoke with researchers at the forefront of the lipidomics field, including the LEA first prize winner Professor Anne-Claude Gavin, about the insights lipid analysis can provide for human health and disease.
Our reality is constructed through a combination of our sensory data. This process is called multisensory integration. In this article, neuroscientist Naomi Heffer outlines how exploring this process might help us understand how anxiety disorders affect our brain.
Chicken Embryo Nervous System
The developing nervous system of a seven-day old chicken embryo captured with a mesoSPIM microscope.
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