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New Support for Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug

By | November 2, 2016

Merck’s verubecestat, which is currently being tested in two Phase 3 studies, is safe, according to newly published Phase 1 data.

Male mice exposed to females, their urine, or a chemical in their urine lost sensory neurons in their vomeronasal organs that respond to that chemical.

The ribosome-associated organelle consists of tightly packed tubes, not flat sheets as previously believed, according to new super-resolution microscopy images.

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California Institutes to Merge

By | October 25, 2016

The Scripps Research Institute will join forces with the California Institute for Biomedical Research.

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Zika Update

By | October 24, 2016

Virus’s effect on RNA methylation; identifying brain cells targeted by Zika; virus found in vaginal secretions for two weeks after infection; updated CDC recommendations for Miami

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Week in Review: October 17–21

By | October 21, 2016

Report finds that pathologist involved in anonymous defamation case committed multiple acts of misconduct; growing eggs from stem cells; neutrophils’ role in metastasis; convergent evolution in birds

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Promiscuous Mice Have Extra-Fast Sperm

By | October 19, 2016

The tails of polygamous deer mice sperm have longer midsections than the sperm tails of monogamous individuals of a similar species, and this correlates with improved swimming and competitive ability.

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Cellular Cartography

By | October 18, 2016

Researchers launch an initiative to generate a complete atlas of all cells in the human body.

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Artificial Touch Enabled

By | October 13, 2016

A quadriplegic 28-year-old man senses touch via stimulation of electrodes implanted in his somatosensory cortex.

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Black Widow Secrets in Phage Genome

By | October 12, 2016

In the DNA of the WO phage, which infects arthropod-inhabiting Wolbachia, researchers find sequences related to a black widow spider’s toxin and other animal genes.

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