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Glia Guru

By Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2017

Ben Barres recast glial cells from supporting actors to star performers, crucial for synaptic plasticity in the brain and for preventing neurodegenerative disorders.


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How Hot Peppers Can Ease Pain

By Anna Azvolinsky | February 11, 2015

Researchers uncover one way capsaicin—the spicy compound found in chili peppers—provides pain relief.  


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Cutting the Wire

By Jeffrey M. Perkel | December 1, 2014

Optical techniques for monitoring action potentials


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Cool Genes

By Kate Yandell | July 1, 2013

A thermosensitive ion channel helps C. elegans live longer at cold temperatures.

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Deafness Gene Heightens Touch

By Tia Ghose | November 20, 2011

People with a defect in an ion channel that causes deafness are more sensitive to certain types of touch.


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