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Prosthetic Device Partially Restores Blind Biology Teacher’s Vision
Prosthetic Device Partially Restores Blind Biology Teacher’s Vision
Lisa Winter | Oct 26, 2021
With the help of special glasses that interface with electrodes embedded in her brain, Berna Gomez was able to read letters and distinguish shapes for the first time in 16 years.
Plants Use RNA to Talk to Neighbors
Plants Use RNA to Talk to Neighbors
Alejandra Manjarrez | Oct 21, 2021
A study finds that plants sharing the same growth medium can exchange microRNAs that silence genes in the recipient, suggesting the nucleic acids may act as signaling molecules.
University of Pittsburgh Faculty Unionize
University of Pittsburgh Faculty Unionize
Lisa Winter | Oct 21, 2021
The faculty voted 1511 to 612 to affiliate with United Steelworkers.
Stress-Induced Molecular Globs Boost Bacterial Fitness
Stress-Induced Molecular Globs Boost Bacterial Fitness
Ruth Williams | Oct 21, 2021
Liquid conglomerations of molecules that form in bacterial cells in response to stress promote the cells’ survival, a study finds.
Red Blood Cells Activate Innate Immune System
Red Blood Cells Activate Innate Immune System
Abby Olena | Oct 20, 2021
Researchers link the ability of the cells to bind and present DNA from pathogens and cell death to anemia, which is common in COVID-19, and immune activation.
Surgeons Successfully Transplant a Pig Kidney into a Person
Surgeons Successfully Transplant a Pig Kidney into a Person
Chloe Tenn | Oct 20, 2021
The achievement bolsters hopes that nonhuman animals could be used to remedy the shortage of transplantable organs.
Sex of Fetus Affects Immune Response to COVID-19 During Pregnancy
Sex of Fetus Affects Immune Response to COVID-19 During Pregnancy
Amanda Heidt | Oct 20, 2021
Male placentas produce more proinflammatory molecules than female placentas, while people carrying male fetuses produce fewer antibodies in response to infection, a study finds.
Famous South African Sardine Run Doesn’t Benefit Sardines: Study
Famous South African Sardine Run Doesn’t Benefit Sardines: Study
Alex Billow | Oct 19, 2021
An analysis suggests that a commercially important mass migration of fish may have no real adaptive value.
Genetic Risks for Depression Differ Between Ancestral Groups
Genetic Risks for Depression Differ Between Ancestral Groups
Chloe Tenn | Oct 19, 2021
A large genome-wide association study in East Asians uncovers novel genetic links to depression, calling attention to the consequences of underrepresentation of non-European groups in genetic research data.