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Sniffing Out Smell

Neuroscientists reveal for the first time how relationships between different odors are encoded in the brain. Findings may explain why individuals have common but highly personalized experiences with smell, and inform efforts to understand how odor...
2-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Declines in patient visits during COVID-19 shutdowns projected to cost U.S. primary care $15 billion in revenue by year’s end, study shows

• On average, a full-time primary care physician in the U.S. will lose more than $65,000 in revenue in 2020. • Overall, the U.S. primary care sector will lose nearly $15 billion. • Losses stem from drastic reductions in office visits and...
24-Jun-2020 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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2020 Warren Alpert Prize Recognizes Seminal Discoveries in Metabolism

The 2020 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize has been awarded to a trio of researchers for seminal discoveries about the function of key intestinal hormones, their effects on metabolism and the subsequent design of treatments for type 2 diabetes, obesity...
18-Jun-2020 1:25 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Predicting Side Effects

At a glance: • Scientists develop AI-based tool to predict adverse drug events • Such events are responsible for some 2 million U.S. hospitalizations per year • The free, open-source system could enable safer drug design, optimize drug...
17-Jun-2020 4:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Neuroscientists Discover Neural Circuits That Control Hibernation-Like Behaviors in Mice

Neuroscientists have discovered neurons that control hibernation-like behavior in mice, revealing for the first time the neural circuits that regulate this state. By better understanding these processes, the authors envision the possibility of one...
11-Jun-2020 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Sleep, Death and … the Gut?

A new study finds in sleep-deprived fruit flies, premature death is always preceded by the accumulation of reactive oxidative species in the gut. Antioxidant compounds that neutralize ROS allow sleep-deprived flies to have normal lifespans.
1-Jun-2020 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

DNA-barcoded microbial spores can trace origin of objects, agricultural products

Harvard scientists have developed DNA-barcoded microbial spores that can be safely introduced onto objects and surfaces at a point of origin, such as a field or manufacturing plant, and be identified months later, to help trace problems like the...
4-Jun-2020 10:45 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Split Ends: New studies show how DNA crossovers can drive healthy, abnormal sperm, egg cell division

Human genetic diversity wouldn't be possible without DNA crossovers in egg and sperm cells. Two Harvard Medical School studies provide new insights into how crossovers go right--and wrong, leading to infertility, miscarriages and birth defects.
4-Jun-2020 9:35 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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