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Book Excerpt from The Power of Rare

By Victoria Jackson and Michael Yeaman | May 1, 2018

In chapter 4, “Building a Cure Machine,” author Victoria Jackson reveals the challenges in launching a foundation focused on funding research on a rare disease.

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The flow of calcium and potassium ions keeps muscles contracting in the diaphragms of neonatal mice, but if a key protein receptor is missing, fatigue sets in more quickly.

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Software that can separate signals from noise brings neuroscientists a step closer to understanding neurons’ patterns of communication.

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Rare to the Rescue

By Victoria Jackson and Michael Yeaman | May 1, 2018

Rarity is a strength, not a weakness, when lessons learned from rare disease patients buoy research and development to find cures for more common diseases.

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Infographic: Getting Synapses Ready to Fire

By Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018

A new study reveals more about the role of specialized Schwann cells at junctions between neurons and muscle cells.

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image: Infographic: Piecing the Cholesterol Puzzle

Infographic: Piecing the Cholesterol Puzzle

By Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018

How a rare disease led to an understanding of the basics of cholesterol regulation.

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Trailblazing Endocrinologist Neena Schwartz Dies

By Kerry Grens | April 27, 2018

The reproductive biologist uncovered hormones important for fertility cycles.

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A new technique reveals certain neuronal connections grow larger and denser when memories are made.

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Worms’ Magnetic Sense Questioned

By Abby Olena | April 25, 2018

Unsuccessful attempts to reproduce the results of a 2015 study reporting that C. elegans orient themselves by Earth’s magnetic field spark debate among researchers.

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image: Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction

Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction

By Ruth Williams | April 25, 2018

Immune cells targeting maternal antigens are abundant in the blood of premature infants, suggesting fetal intolerance of mom may instigate early labor.  

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