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Endogenous Retrovirus Active in ALS

By | September 30, 2015

Researchers uncover evidence that a retrovirus embedded within the human genome may play a role in the pathology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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Treating Toxoplasmosis

By | September 25, 2015

While one company hikes the price of an old drug to treat the parasitic infection, academic researchers report that an approved blood pressure medication could be just what the doctor ordered.

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Alleged Scoop Sours Magnetoreceptor Collaboration

By | September 21, 2015

University administrators request a retraction upon learning that one researcher scooped another’s results despite having agreed not to.

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US Defense Department labs are the subject of inquiry following several safety breaches concerning the handling of deadly bacteria and virus strains. 

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Dengue’s Downfall?

By | September 15, 2015

Researchers characterize a protein that could be key to the virus’s virulence—and to developing a vaccine against the mosquito-borne disease.

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Traditional Medicine for Leishmaniasis

By | September 14, 2015

A plant used in traditional Mayan remedies to cure the parasitic infection produces a potent compound.

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Identity-Shifting Brain Cells

By | September 10, 2015

Cortical interneurons in mice exhibit activity-dependent alterations to their characteristic firing patterns.

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Can Amyloid Spread Between Brains?

By | September 9, 2015

A study of deceased patients who received injections of cadaver-derived growth hormone hints at the possible transmissibility of Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Hearing Channel Components Mapped

By | September 4, 2015

Localization of two proteins important for inner ear hair cell function suggests they are part of the elusive mechanotransduction channel. 

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Mapping Corti

By | September 3, 2015

The inner ear organ, from macro to micro

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