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Researchers Restore Synaptic Activity and Circulation to Four-hour Dead Pig Brain
News   Apr 17, 2019

Researchers have restored and preserved some cellular activities and structures in the brains of pigs that had been decapitated for food production four hours before, although could not detect any network-wide electrical activity that would suggest sentience or consciousness.

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The Fluid That Feeds Tumor Cells
News   Apr 17, 2019

The substance that bathes tumors in the body is quite different from the medium used to grow cancer cells in the lab, biologists report.

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Could Oxytocin Help Treat Alcohol Use Disorder?
News   Apr 17, 2019

The neuropeptide oxytocin blocks enhanced drinking in alcohol-dependent rats, according to a new study. Targeting the oxytocin system, the authors note, may provide novel pharmaceutical interventions for the treatment of alcohol-use disorder.

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Arsenic Harnessed to Create Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic
News   Apr 17, 2019

Although it contains arsenic, researchers say they tested the antibiotic's toxicity on human blood cells and reported that “it doesn’t kill human cells in tissue culture.”

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“Reverse Engineering” Brain Cancer Stem Cells to Expose Their Vulnerabilities
News   Apr 17, 2019

Scientists have "reverse engineered" brain cancer stem cells gene by gene, uncovering multiple potential targets for this hard-to-treat cancer.

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Inner Rebel Employed to Shun Junk Food
News   Apr 17, 2019

A simple and brief intervention can provide lasting protection for adolescents against the harmful effects of food marketing in part by tapping into teens’ natural desire to rebel against authority.

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Receptor Structure in Hippocampus Revealed in Near-atomic Detail
News   Apr 17, 2019

The elucidation of the native structure of the AMPA receptor in a rodent model via cryo-EM may lead to new insights on the mechanisms behind a wide range of nervous system disorders and diseases.

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Pneumococcal Vaccine Has Big Impact Even for the Unvaccinated
News   Apr 17, 2019

A vaccine against Streptococcus pneumoniae, a major cause of childhood illness and mortality in the developing world, sharply reduced the incidence of serious pneumococcal disease among children in a large Kenyan community.

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Delving Into the 2017 Plague Outbreak
News   Apr 17, 2019

Scientists have described the scale and transmission dynamics of the 2017 pneumonic plague outbreak in Madagascar.

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Creating a Catalog of Individual Genomic Differences
News   Apr 17, 2019

There are hundreds of thousands of structural variants (SVs) in the human genome that are hard to identify than single nucleotide variants. Researchers have used a full suite of genomic technologies to analyze the number of SVs in three individuals, and the results present as the most comprehensive catalog of SVS to date.

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