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How a Shrub May Enable the “Impossible” in Treating Addiction
News   Apr 25, 2019

Scientists used a compound found in a shrub native to Africa to reveal the three major shapes of the serotonin transporter, a protein in the brain linked to anxiety and depression.

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Drugs to Prevent Stroke and Dementia Show Promise in Early Trial
News   Apr 25, 2019

Treatments that prevent recurrence of types of stroke and dementia caused by damage to small blood vessels in the brain have moved a step closer, following a small study.

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Are Regulations on Genetically Modified Organisms Holding Back Agricultural Innovation?
News   Apr 25, 2019

The EU's policy on genetically modified organisms (GMO's) is extremely strict and prevents new GMO crops from being authorized. The policy is based on arguments about the risk and unnaturalness of GMO plants - but these arguments cannot justify the restrictive regulation, three researchers conclude in a new study.

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Computational Genetics Furthers Our Understanding of Human Diseases
News   Apr 25, 2019

In a series of studies that volleyed between large databases and research in zebrafish, investigators have discovered a link between vascular biology and eye disease.

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Shining a Light on Rare Nerve Tumors
News   Apr 24, 2019

When a protein named "Merlin" fails to do its job, people can develop slow-growing, life-disrupting auditory nerve tumors that can disrupt their hearing and balance. Now scientists at Cincinnati Children's have discovered much more about how Merlin does its job – by working behind the scenes through a network of more than 50 other proteins.

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Which Car Crashes Cause Brain Injury?
News   Apr 24, 2019

UA researchers are developing a tool to calculate the likelihood of traumatic brain injury after a vehicle collision, using an approach that fuses experimental and computational data.

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Simple Sea Anemones Not So Simple After All
News   Apr 24, 2019

Researchers have published new findings showing that the DNA of the tube anemone does what few other species' mitochondrial genomes have been shown to do. It defies the classic doughnut shape it "should" be in and is arranged in several fragmented pieces, the number of which vary depending on the species.

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Reasons Why Some People Are More Susceptible to C. diff
News   Apr 24, 2019

A new discovery about dangerous C. difficile diarrhea has identified a new way that the bacteria – and possibly others like it – cause severe disease. C. diff is the most common hospital-acquired infection and estimated to result in 453,000 cases per year, with 29,300 associated deaths.

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Project Set to Revive Natural Product Discovery
News   Apr 24, 2019

A new project aims to discover new natural products on a large scale by using synthetic biology and automation.

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Obesity Linked to Changes in Brain Structure
News   Apr 24, 2019

Researchers using sophisticated MRI technology have found that higher levels of body fat are associated with differences in the brain's form and structure, including smaller volumes of gray matter. The findings add important information to our understanding of the connection between obesity and negative health consequences such as dementia.

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