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Imaging Method Reveals a "Symphony of Cellular Activities"
News   Nov 24, 2020

Researchers have now developed a way to image up to five different molecule types at a time, by measuring each signal from random, distinct locations throughout a cell.

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Nerve Cell Findings Could Lead to Better Eye Repair After Injury
News   Nov 24, 2020

A new paper details a method of characterizing every cell in the cornea using an approach known as single-cell RNA sequence analysis to answer questions about the cornea's healing process.

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Addressing a Bottleneck in Protein Trafficking
News   Nov 24, 2020

Scientists have now addressed a bottleneck in the protein trafficking system, dendritic branch points.

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Tarantula Toxin Could Help To Design Drugs for Chronic Pain
News   Nov 24, 2020

A new high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy study shows how the Chinese tarantula stinger quickly locks voltage sensors on sodium channels, the tiny pores on cell membranes that create electrical currents and generate signals to operate nerves and muscles. This discovery provides a molecular template for future structure-based drug design of pain therapeutics.

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Gut-Brain Axis Influences Inflammation in Multiple Sclerosis
News   Nov 23, 2020

A research team has discovered a connection between the intestinal flora and sites of inflammation in the central nervous system in multiple sclerosis. A specific class of immune cell plays a central role in this newly identified gut-brain axis. The discovery could pave the way for new treatments for MS that target the intestinal flora.

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Wearable Cuff Could Predict Movement Disorders in Babies
News   Nov 23, 2020

The research, carried out using a wearable cuff, provides a new method for monitoring movements in babies, and new insights into how babies' reflexes - like kicking - develop. These insights and the cuff could also be used to spot early signs of motor disorders such as cerebral palsy.

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Do Neural Networks Get Fooled by Visual Illusions?
News   Nov 23, 2020

A convolutional neural network is a type of artificial neural network in which the neurons are organized into receptive fields in a very similar way to neurons in the visual cortex of a biological brain. A new study examines the phenomenon of visual illusions in convolutional networks compared to their effect on human vision

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Why Do So Many People With Down Syndrome Develop Alzheimer's Disease?
News   Nov 23, 2020

While medical advances in life quality have increased the life expectancy of people with Down’s syndrome, up to 90 percent develop Alzheimer’s disease if they live long enough.

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What Turns Good Proteins Bad in Neurodegenerative Disease?
News   Nov 23, 2020

Researchers have discovered the mechanism of action by which abnormal proteins unleash the inherent, normally latent, toxicity of a natural protein in neurons, causing defects in dendrites.

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Zebra Finches Can Memorize the Songs of Up to 50 Flockmates
News   Nov 23, 2020

Zebra finches have been shown to pick one another out of a crowd (or flock) based on a particular peer's distinct song or contact call.

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