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Nutrient-Sensing Neurons

By | June 1, 2014

Using just three dopaminergic neurons, Drosophila larvae can sense whether a food source lacks a full roster of essential amino acids.

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Long-Distance Call

By | May 1, 2014

Neurons may use interferon signals transmitted over great distances to fend off viral infection.

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Elusive Receptor ID’d

By | April 1, 2014

Scientists identify an extracellular ATP receptor in plants.

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Avoiding Salt

By | January 1, 2014

In a newly identified tropism, plant roots steer clear of salinity.

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Neurons On Demand

By | January 1, 2014

Astrocytes in the adult mouse brain can be reprogrammed into neuronal precursors, then neurons, in vivo.

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Herring Impaired

By | December 1, 2013

Changing ion channel densities allows fish to tune their hearing to male reproductive calls during breeding periods. 

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Flexible Cells

By | September 1, 2013

When stretched, lung cells signal to each other by releasing ATP.

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Remodeling Myelin

By | August 1, 2013

New oligodendrocytes in the adult mouse brain appear to remodel existing myelin sheaths, which may fine-tune the speed of nerve impulses.

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Sick Mold

By | May 1, 2013

A virus that infects a crop-killing fungus can spread freely, opening the possibility of its use as a fungicide.

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Viruses on the Brain

By | May 1, 2013

Viral infections of the central nervous system may trigger cytokines that induce seizures.

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