Salty Diet Helps Gut Bugs Fight Cancer in Mice: Study
Salty Diet Helps Gut Bugs Fight Cancer in Mice: Study
A high-salt diet suppressed the growth of tumors in a mouse model of melanoma, apparently because of an interplay between the gut microbiome and natural killer cells.
Salty Diet Helps Gut Bugs Fight Cancer in Mice: Study
Salty Diet Helps Gut Bugs Fight Cancer in Mice: Study

A high-salt diet suppressed the growth of tumors in a mouse model of melanoma, apparently because of an interplay between the gut microbiome and natural killer cells.

A high-salt diet suppressed the growth of tumors in a mouse model of melanoma, apparently because of an interplay between the gut microbiome and natural killer cells.

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Morphine Tolerance Pathway Identified in Mice
Morphine Tolerance Pathway Identified in Mice
David Adam | Sep 20, 2021
Prolonged exposure to morphine triggers cells in the spine to release signaling molecules that increase pain sensitivity and dull the relief of the drug. Blocking this activity could improve pain management.
Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study
Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study
Abby Olena | Sep 17, 2021
In both a mouse model and the hospital records of more than 3 million children, researchers found a connection between strong immune activation in males and later symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.
Potty Party: Researchers Show Young Cows Can Be Toilet-Trained
Potty Party: Researchers Show Young Cows Can Be Toilet-Trained
Annie Melchor | Sep 14, 2021
Ethologist Jan Langbein and his team trained the cattle as a way to keep solid and liquid cattle waste separate—with the goal of reducing ammonia emissions coming from livestock.
Putative Exercise Hormone Irisin Boosts Mouse Brainpower
Putative Exercise Hormone Irisin Boosts Mouse Brainpower
Sophie Fessl | Sep 10, 2021
Mice lacking irisin didn’t exhibit the cognition improvements that typically follow exercise, and in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease, treatment with the hormone reduced cognitive decline.
Years of Prozac Alter Lipids in Young Monkeys’ Brains: Study
Years of Prozac Alter Lipids in Young Monkeys’ Brains: Study
James M. Gaines | Sep 10, 2021
Long-term administration of the antidepressant fluoxetine was tied to decreased concentrations of about 100 different brain lipids in adolescent macaques, hinting at a potential mechanism underlying the drug’s rare but severe side effects.
Tumors Disrupt the Blood-Brain Barrier at a Distance
Tumors Disrupt the Blood-Brain Barrier at a Distance
Abby Olena | Sep 9, 2021
Shoring up the tissues that separate neurons and other brain cells from the circulatory system in fruit flies and mice can prolong life in the presence of a tumor.
Umami Taste Receptor Evolved with Primates’ Diets
Umami Taste Receptor Evolved with Primates’ Diets
Abby Olena | Sep 6, 2021
A study suggests that mutations in the gene that encodes the T1R1/T1R3 taste receptor allowed primates that relied on insects for protein to transition to eating leaves and fruit.
Hormones May Contribute to Asymmetrical Effects of Brain Injury
Hormones May Contribute to Asymmetrical Effects of Brain Injury
Catherine Offord | Sep 2, 2021
Researchers studying rats claim to have found a novel connection between damage on one side of the brain and problems with the posture or movement of limbs on the opposite side of the body.
Low Frequency Electric Stimulation Can Treat Back Pain: Study
Low Frequency Electric Stimulation Can Treat Back Pain: Study
Emma Yasinski | Sep 2, 2021
Patients in a small trial said their chronic pain improved an average of 90 percent over the course of 15 days, but returned shortly after the electrical stimulation sessions ended.
Biomedical Innovations from Women Less Likely to be Adopted: Study
Biomedical Innovations from Women Less Likely to be Adopted: Study
Annie Melchor | Sep 1, 2021
An analysis of scientists’ networks finds discrepancies in the diffusion of novel ideas through communities.
Researchers in Ida’s Destructive Path Brace for Disruptions
Researchers in Ida’s Destructive Path Brace for Disruptions
Amanda Heidt, Annie Melchor | Aug 30, 2021
The storm, which made landfall over the weekend as a Category 4 hurricane and has since weakened, forced the evacuation of multiple Louisiana campuses.
Tool Would Use Tumor Gene Expression to Inform Radiation Dose
Tool Would Use Tumor Gene Expression to Inform Radiation Dose
Alejandra Manjarrez | Aug 27, 2021
In a retrospective analysis, a team found that an algorithm integrating the gene expression of a tumor with the radiation dose a patient received predicted how well the patient responded to the treatment.
Genes for Alcohol Use Disorder and Alzheimer’s Risk Overlap: Study
Genes for Alcohol Use Disorder and Alzheimer’s Risk Overlap: Study
Emma Yasinski | Aug 24, 2021
Genetic, transcriptomic, and epigenetic data reveal molecular mechanisms tying these disorders to each other and to immune disfunction.
Baby Talk: Bat Pups Babble Like Human Infants
Baby Talk: Bat Pups Babble Like Human Infants
Annie Melchor | Aug 20, 2021
By studying the vocal behavior of 20 baby bats from birth to weaning, researchers have identified striking similarities between how young humans and bats develop communication skills.
Fat Cells Send Mitochondrial Distress Signals to the Heart
Fat Cells Send Mitochondrial Distress Signals to the Heart
Ruth Williams | Aug 20, 2021
Vesicles containing fragments of the organelles released from stressed adipocytes protect the heart against oxygen deprivation, a study in mice shows.
Neuron-Released Protein Can Set Off Inflammation: Study
Neuron-Released Protein Can Set Off Inflammation: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Aug 19, 2021
Research in mice suggests that moderating nerve activity with drugs or electrical pulses could modify tissue immune responses, curtailing the chronic pain often associated with inflammatory conditions.
Snakes on a Plain
Snakes on a Plain
Annie Melchor | Aug 19, 2021
Researchers discover that rattlesnakes change their rattling frequency when a perceived threat approaches—tricking humans into thinking the snake is closer than it really is.
A Self-Contained COVID-19 Test with 3-D Printed Parts
A Self-Contained COVID-19 Test with 3-D Printed Parts
Annie Melchor | Aug 11, 2021
The makers of the CRISPR-based testing platform, called miSHERLOCK, say it could enable people at home or physicians in resource-limited environments to detect SARS-CoV-2—and eventually, other pathogens.
Antibodies Stop Sperm in Their Tracks
Antibodies Stop Sperm in Their Tracks
Abby Olena | Aug 11, 2021
Engineered antibodies trap and immobilize human sperm in the reproductive tract of female sheep, paving the way for possible use as a nonhormonal contraceptive in people.