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Kim Bland, Ph.D., Stowers Institute for Medical Research Sea lamprey studies show remarkably conserved gene expression patterns in jawless versus jawed vertebrates If you never understood what “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny” meant in...

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2010-09-09 08:18:03

Discovery could help scientists develop new treatments for motor neuron diseases In a surprising and unexpected discovery, scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that a single type of gene acts as a master organizer of motor neurons in the spinal cord. The finding, published in the September 9, 2010 issue of Neuron, could help scientists develop new treatments for diseases such as Lou Gehrig's disease or spinal cord injury. The "master organizer" is a member of the Hox family of...

2009-09-18 10:37:57

Johns Hopkins Neuroscientists Discover New Molecular Control Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have discovered how one antioxidant protein controls the activity of another protein, critical for the development of spinal cord neurons. The research, publishing this week in Cell, describes a never-before known mechanism of protein control. "This is the first time we've seen this type of chemical reaction control neuronal differentiation," says Shanthini Sockanathan, Ph.D., an...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'