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How to Get to Sleep in a SNIPP

Article   Jun 13, 2018 | by Adam Tozer PhD

Scientists Explore the Molecular Mechanics that Drive us to Sleep

Adam Tozer PhD

Science Writer



Microglia Transmit Pain to the Brain During Stress


Chronic pain is a multifaceted disorder that causes profound disability worldwide. It has long been known that psychological stress contributes to adverse chronic pain outcomes in patients, but it is unclear how this is initiated or amplified by stress. Now, researchers have published results showing that activation of microglia in the mouse spinal cord is responsible for increased pain sensitivity in response to stress.


Neutrons – A New Weapon Against Cancer


The development of cancer is a complex process, which can result from minor mistakes in an otherwise well-functioning network of cellular processes. As such, it is essential that scientists have a clear picture of biochemical processes at an atomic level in order to gain an in-depth understanding of how various cancers occur and develop. One technique starting to gain recognition as a powerful tool is neutron crystallography.


A (Lab)Step Towards Reproducible Science


The reproducibility crisis is holding back science. London-based Labstep, a start-up out of Oxford University, think that their tool can help make science more open and reproducible. That claim has now been given some concrete evidence with the announcement that the research contingent of the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM will be trialling Labstep across their Banjul-based facility.



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