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Learning From Scorpions to Control Impulses


Scorpions can teach us a lot about the benefits of prolonging nerve impulses, and we might now be better students. The results of a new study could pave the way for easier identification of drugs that function similarly to scorpion venom, but with...
20-Jan-2015 10:00 AM EST

Leaky Channels Could Contribute to Unusual Heart Arrhythmias


Leaks are not just problems for plumbers and politicians; researchers reveal how leaky transmembrane channels could cause disruptions in normal heart function. The study suggests that ion leaks in mutant sodium channels might contribute to an...
20-Jan-2015 10:00 AM EST

Cells Take Sole Responsibility for Merkel Cell Maintenance


Researchers have identified a population of “progenitor” cells in the skin that are solely responsible for the generation and maintenance of touch-sensing Merkel cells.
21-Jan-2015 1:00 PM EST

Study Reveals How Listeria Breaches the Placenta


A gut bacterium called Listeria, which is often found in soft cheese, is known to present a risk to pregnant women. Researchers now show how Listeria uses distinct tactics to breach the intestine and the placenta, using a protein called PI3-kinase.
22-Jan-2015 12:00 PM EST

M6P Deficiency Leaves B Cells Out of Sorts


A group of white blood cells known as B cells, which play a key role in the human immune response, need a protein-targeting signal called M6P in order to proliferate, differentiate, and present immune cell–activating antigens.
13-Jan-2015 1:00 PM EST

Macrophages Chase Neutrophils Away From Wounds to Resolve Inflammation

Macrophages are best known for their Pac Man–like ability to gobble up cellular debris and pathogens in order to thwart infection. A new study describes how these immune cells also help resolve inflammation by inducing white blood cells called...
3-Dec-2014 12:00 PM EST

Infection-Fighting B Cells Go with the Flow

Newly formed B cells take the easy way out when it comes to exiting the bone marrow, according to researchers at Yale University School of Medicine.
13-Nov-2014 10:00 AM EST

Study Offers New Clue Into How Anesthesia Works


The activity of ion channel proteins that are important for cell-to-cell communication is markedly reduced during anesthesia, according to researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College.
13-Nov-2014 3:00 PM EST

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