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Bitter Taste Receptors in Uterus May One Day Help Prevent Premature Birth
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2017
Researchers suggest that the receptors can control early labor contractions.
Microglia Turnover in the Human Brain
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2017
Researchers find that about a quarter of the immune cells are replaced every year.
Harald Janovjak Bends Cells and Receptors to His Will
Aggie Mika | Oct 1, 2017
The 38-year-old synthetic biologist comes from a long line of tinkerers and engineers.
When Dogs Offer Insights into Tigers
Gregory Berns | Oct 1, 2017
MRI scans of dog brains open windows into the cognition of the extinct thylacine.
Staff | Sep 30, 2017
Daniel Kish, who is blind, uses vocal clicks to navigate the world by echolocation.
A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 28, 2017
One amino acid change within a viral structural protein makes the difference between mild cases of brain damage and severe microcephaly in mice.
Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans
Jef Akst | Sep 27, 2017
The birds’ ability to multitask may be attributable to a more densely packed cerebral cortex, scientists propose.
Nerve Stimulation Revives Consciousness from Vegetative State
Shawna Williams | Sep 25, 2017
Low-intensity activation of the vagus nerve appears to have increased a patient’s awareness of his surroundings after 15 years without communication.
Sexual Touch Promotes Early Puberty
Ruth Williams | Sep 21, 2017
The brains and bodies of young female rats can be accelerated into puberty by the presence of an older male or by stimulation of the genitals.
How Poison Frogs Avoid Poisoning Themselves
Abby Olena | Sep 21, 2017
Amphibians resist their own chemical defenses with amino acid modifications in the sequence for a target receptor.