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Sea Lions Found To Have A Type Of Epilepsy Similar To That In Humans
2014-03-18 14:25:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine found a form of epilepsy in sea lions that is similar to one found in humans. In a published paper in the Journal of Comparative Neurology, the team wrote that California sea lions exposed to a toxin in algae develop a form of epilepsy similar to a temporal lobe epilepsy. Hundreds of sea lions wash up along the California coast each year suffering from seizures that have been...

2014-02-20 08:31:28

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fluoride joins lead, arsenic, methylmercury, toluene, tetrachloroethylene, and other chemicals known to cause harm to brains, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Fluoride is newly classified as a developmental neurotoxin by medical authorities in the March 2014 journal Lancet Neurology. The authors are Dr. Philippe Grandjean of the Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Philip Landrigan of the Icahn School of Medicine. The...

2014-01-15 14:29:54

Recent highlights in Molecular Biology and Evolution Defensins, as their name implies, are small proteins found in plants and animals that help ward off viral, bacterial or fungal pests. One fascinating question of invertebrate evolution is how these proteins evolved into venoms to attack their prey. Based on structural similarity, it was proposed that scorpion toxins and antimicrobial invertebrate defensins could have a common ancestor. To address how a nontoxic protein develops into a...

2013-11-18 23:28:27

The recently republished Biology, Geography and Health Online Magazine GeoScience.net has published 40,188 new abstracts on biological interventions that produce substantial, sustained changes in capacities or functioning of organisms. As a newly established publisher of information on the basic and applied natural sciences, GeoScience.net covers such discoveries from the year 1866 until now. Bad Honnef, Germany (PRWEB) November 18, 2013 GeoScience.net has newly published 40,188 summaries...

Tiny Molecule May Help Treat Alzheimers
2013-06-27 12:23:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at Northwestern University say they have been working with a promising new drug-like molecule that could lead to a preventative treatment for Alzheimer's disease, according to their report in the open access journal PLOS ONE. "This is the starting point for the development of a new class of drugs," said lead researcher D. Martin Watterson, a professor molecular biology and biochemistry at Northwestern. "It's possible...

Worm EEG Developed To Test The Effects Of Drugs
2013-05-23 12:26:15

[ Watch The Video Worm Brain Reader ] University of Southampton Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a device which records the brain activity of worms to help test the effects of drugs. NeuroChip is a microfluidic electrophysiological device, which can trap the microscopic worm Caenorhadbitis elegans and record the activity of discrete neural circuits in its 'brain' - a worm equivalent of the EEG. C. elegans have been enormously important in...

2013-02-13 17:37:02

Opera audiences can feel the chemistry in romance-inspired classics like Mimi's aria from La Boh̬me, Cavaradossi's remembrance of his beloved while awaiting execution in Tosca and that young lady pining for her man with "O mio babbino caro" in the opera Gianni Schicchi. An article in ACS' Journal of Chemical Education, however, focuses on the real chemistry Рof poisons and potions Рthat intertwines famous operatic plots. Jọo Paulo Andr̩...

2011-03-07 15:32:16

Scientists on the Norwich Research Park have sequenced the genome of a novel strain of Clostridium botulinum, one of the most dangerous pathogens known to man. The strain produces an unusual botulinum neurotoxin, known as type A5 neurotoxin, which was isolated by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), following a case of wound botulism. Professor Mike Peck and his research group at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) study Clostridium botulinum. Their expertise is crucial for preventing food...

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2009-08-17 16:00:00

Researchers in China have discovered the first protein-based toxin in an amphibian "“a 60 amino acid neurotoxin found in the skin of a Chinese tree frog. This finding may help shed more light into both the evolution of amphibians and the evolution of poison.While gene-encoded protein toxins have been identified in many vertebrate animals, including fish, reptiles and mammals, none have yet been found in amphibians or birds. In the case of poisonous amphibians, like the tropical poison...

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2008-05-12 16:25:00

An effective antidote for botulinum toxin, one of the world's most feared biological weapons, is being developed.A single gram of the poison can kill hundreds of thousands of people, according to defense experts.Botulism from food poisoning affects many people each year, however, a different form of the toxin, known as botox, is used in cosmetic ways to relax wrinkles in the face.Researchers at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, and the United States Army Medical Research Institute...