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2011-12-05 13:02:56

Fruit fly and malaria mosquito sensors attuned to heat, chemical odors Fruit flies and mosquitoes share similar sensory receptors that allow them to distinguish among thousands of sensory cues — particularly heat and chemical odors — as they search for food or try to avoid danger, researchers from Boston College and Brandeis University report in the current electronic edition of the journal Nature. Pinpointing a tiny portion of a protein found on the surfaces of neurons that...

2011-12-03 11:23:05

Imagine you are playing ping-pong with a friend. Your friend makes a serve. Information about where and when the ball hit the table is provided by both vision and hearing. Scientists have believed that each of the senses produces an estimate relevant for the task (in this example, about the location or time of the ball´s impact) and then these votes get combined subconsciously according to rules that take into account which sense is more reliable. And this is how the senses interact in...

2011-11-30 06:15:00

HOERSHOLM, Denmark and SAN DIEGO, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Santaris Pharma A/S, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of RNA-targeted therapies, today announced that it has won two significant patent re-examination cases brought by Isis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ISIS). The positive rulings by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) cover two key Santaris Pharma A/S "Imanishi" patents, U.S. Pat. No. 6,268,490...

2011-11-21 23:12:05

Gene-therapy trial will attempt to restore hearing in deaf mice Researchers have found long-sought genes in the sensory hair cells of the inner ear that, when mutated, prevent sound waves from being converted to electric signals — a fundamental first step in hearing. The team, co-led by Jeffrey Holt, PhD, in the department of otolaryngology at Children´s Hospital Boston, and Andrew Griffith, MD, PhD, of the NIH´s National Institute on Deafness and other Communication...

2011-10-04 07:10:00

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kylin Therapeutics, Inc., a leading second-generation RNAi company, announced today that it has received a notice of allowance from United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its second U.S. patent application. This newly allowed patent broadly covers new therapeutic RNA technology, as well as expanded areas on Kylin's proprietary nanoparticle technology platform, "pRNA" ("packaging RNA"). This new intellectual property covers...

2011-09-07 06:15:00

HOERSHOLM, Denmark and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Santaris Pharma A/S, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the research and development of mRNA and microRNA targeted therapies, today announced advancements from the company's RNA-targeted research programs utilizing its proprietary Locked Nucleic Acid (LNA) Drug Platform. In addition to a presentation on the Company's microRNA-targeted drug miravirsen, a total of six abstracts/posters are being showcased...

2011-08-29 20:39:55

The latest Perspectives in General Physiology series examines the mechanisms of visual, aural, olfactory, and tactile processes that inform us about the environment. The series appears in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of General Physiology (www.jgp.org). Everything that mammals perceive about the environment is based on the transmission to the brain of signals originating in sensory organs such as the eye, ear, nose, and skin. As described by UCLA researchers Robert Farley and...

2011-08-03 12:18:39

Protein inside taste cells turn off bitter taste New findings may lend insight into why some people are especially sensitive to bitter tastes. Scientists from the Monell Center and Givaudan Flavors have identified a protein inside of taste cells that acts to shorten bitter taste signals. They further report that mice lacking the gene for this taste terminator protein are more sensitive to bitter taste and also find it more aversive, possibly because they experience the taste for a longer...

2011-06-29 12:33:01

Rodent olfaction and the chemistry of instinct The mechanics of instinctive behavior are mysterious. Even something as simple as the question of how a mouse can use its powerful sense of smell to detect and evade predators, including species it has never met before, has been almost totally unknown at the molecular level until now. David Ferrero and Stephen Liberles, neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School, have discovered a single compound found in high concentrations in the urine of...

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2011-06-22 06:05:00

Research published this week in the journal Nature Communications shows that a light-sensitive protein found in the human eye can act as a "compass" in the magnetic field when implanted into the eyes of Drosophila (flies). The study showed that without their natural "magneto reception" protein, flies do not respond to a magnetic field. But after replacing the protein with a human version of the protein, their ability was restored. For migratory birds and some other animals, the ability to...