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Plants capable of rapid, long-distance defensive signaling to warn leaves of danger

October 5, 2018

Plants have a built-in wound sensor and rapid communication system that allows them to defend themselves when attacked…
Receptors for Neuron Communication in Humans Vital for Reproduction in Mosses

July 31, 2017

Glutamate receptors play a central role in the human nervous system. Scientists estimate 90 percent of the human…
Glutamate plays previously unknown role in neuromuscular development

September 20, 2016

For decades, scientists thought acetylcholine was the only neurotransmitter responsible for controlling how muscles and nerves are wired…
Researchers Unpack How Toxoplasma Infection Is Linked to Neurodegenerative Disease

June 13, 2016

Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan parasite about five microns long, infects a third of the world’s population.  Ingested via…
Study reveals new mechanism in nicotine addiction

December 3, 2015

Part of the reason people find smoking difficult to quit is that each time they have a cigarette,…
Calling for help: damaged nerve cells communicate with stem cells

October 6, 2015

Nerve cells damaged in diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), ‘talk’ to stem cells in the same way…
Study offers insight on how a new class of antidepressants works

October 1, 2015

A new class of drugs under development to treat depression has shown some success by targeting brain cells’…
Food science team finds key to tasty, salt-reduced bread

August 18, 2015

Three food science researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered how to reduce salt in bread by…
On planes, savory tomato becomes favored flavor

May 13, 2015

Airline passengers who eat meals vary in their ability to taste sweet, sour, bitter and salty flavors. In…
NIH study identifies a pathway that starts with glutamate and ends with activation of dopamine reward system

November 13, 2014

Details of the role of glutamate, the brain’s excitatory chemical, in a drug reward pathway have been identified…
Mapping of cancer cell fuel pumps paves the way for new drugs

April 30, 2013

For the first time, researchers at Karolinska Institutet have managed to obtain detailed images of the way in…
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