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The sweet spot: research locates taste center in brain

March 18, 2019

Researchers long ago mapped sight, hearing and other human sensory systems in the brain. But for taste, which…
Researchers locate the body’s largest cell receptor

January 7, 2019

A giant toadstool that swallow up vitamins and nutrients in the intestines and kidneys. This is how the…
Genomic study ties insect evolution to the ability to detect airborne odors

August 7, 2018

A new study reveals that all insects use specialized odorant receptors that enable them to detect and pursue…
Oestrogen receptor causes weight loss in male mice

April 14, 2017

Muscles consume a large part of the body’s energy. Hence when fat metabolism in muscle cells is impaired,…
Researchers Reveal 3D Structure of Cell’s Inflammation Sensor and its Inhibitors

December 8, 2016

Inflammation is a good thing when it’s fighting off infection, but too much can lead to autoimmune diseases…
Male vs. female stress responses may explain sex differences in diseases

December 3, 2016

The differences in how male and female fruit flies resist and adapt to oxidative stress may shed new…
Tasting light: New type of photoreceptor is 50 times more efficient than the human eye

November 20, 2016

An international team of scientists led by the University of Michigan has discovered a new type of photoreceptor—only…
Too much of a form of vitamin B3 in cells can cause behavioral changes in worms

October 14, 2016

Experiments show that too much of a form of vitamin B3 — nicotinamide — that is produced naturally…
Scientists outline biochemistry of xanthohumol – an avenue to treat metabolic syndrome

October 11, 2016

Researchers at Oregon State University have made a fundamental advance in understanding xanthohumol – a compound found in…
Protein may be crucial in many lung ailments

September 16, 2016

The more proteins that prove essential in the pathways of disease, the more targets drug makers and doctors…
Visualization of newly formed synapses with unprecedented resolution

August 13, 2016

The Kwon Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience, Florida, has identified mechanistic and functional elements that…
Where there’s smoke and a mutation there may be an evolutionary edge for humans

August 4, 2016

A genetic mutation may have helped modern humans adapt to smoke exposure from fires and perhaps sparked an…
Urocortin-3: a signaling molecule for making friends

July 19, 2016

Meeting new people can be both stressful and rewarding. Research at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, reported…
Study Points to Fast-Acting Drug for OCD

July 18, 2016

A single chemical receptor in the brain is responsible for a range of symptoms in mice that are…
Sharper than living matter permits

July 13, 2016

Anyone who has ever taken a group photo will be familiar with the problem: If everyone is constantly…
Cells send out stop signs

July 5, 2016

Eph receptors and their partner proteins, the ephrins, are vital for intercellular communication. In the developing brain, they…
Picky eaters: Bumble bees prefer plants with nutrient-rich pollen

June 30, 2016

Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State.…
Slime Mold Reveals Clues to Immune Cells’ Directional Abilities

May 28, 2016

How white blood cells in our immune systems home in on and engulf bacterial invaders—like humans following the…
How depression and antidepressant drugs work

May 18, 2016

New research demonstrates the effectiveness of ketamine to treat depression in a mouse model of the disease and…
Scientists Are First to Discover Sensory System That Detects Air Humidity

May 7, 2016

Humidity can make us feel miserable — think of sultry summer days in Chicago, for example — but…
Smelling and tasting what’s good

May 5, 2016

The amount and composition of nutrients required by the body vary according to its state and physiological circumstances.…
Biology researchers find single gatekeeper guarding path to cold-induced pain

April 16, 2016

Cold can hurt. The onset of inflammation following an injury or as a result of disease can heighten…
Rat study reveals long-term effects of adolescent amphetamine abuse on the brain

March 30, 2016

A study of rats given regular, high doses of amphetamine finds that those exposed to the drug at…
Technicolor Zebrafish Reveal How Skin Heals

March 22, 2016

Scientists can now watch how hundreds of individual cells work together to maintain and regenerate skin tissue, thanks…
Magnetoreception molecule found in the eyes of dogs and primates

February 25, 2016

Cryptochromes are light-sensitive molecules that exist in bacteria, plants and animals. In animals, they are involved in the…
Apoptosis: The Power of Three

February 6, 2016

Each of our cells has a time to die. Programmed cell death, or apoptosis, helps keep our bodies…
Scientists more effectively control pain by targeting nerve cell’s interior

February 4, 2016

In real estate, location is key. It now seems the same concept holds true when it comes to…
Scientists Discover Blueprint of Body’s Temperature Sensor

January 19, 2016

Touch a hot stove, and your fingers will recoil in pain because your skin carries tiny temperature sensors…
Why is that so sour? New mechanism for tasting discovered

December 28, 2015

Researchers have discovered a new way that taste cells detect sourness, a sensation that is linked to acidity.…
How excitatory/inhibitory balance is maintained in the brain

December 21, 2015

Just as a thermostat is used to maintain a balanced temperature in a home, different biological processes maintain…
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