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Odor Receptors Found In Lungs
2014-01-03 10:22:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research published in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology has revealed that odor receptors aren’t just found in the nose – they also line the lungs as well. However, instead of being used to detect the aroma of blueberry cobbler or a succulent roasting chicken, the odor receptors in the lungs trigger a response designed to protect the airways. “We forget,” said study author Yehuda Ben-Shahar,...

Genetics Play A Large Part In Olfaction
2013-12-14 05:33:05

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People react differently to the same smells. Something that smells wonderful to you could be offensive to your friend, but why this is so has been a mystery. The answer could lie in your genetic makeup, says a research team from Duke University. Their findings, published in the early online edition of Nature Neuroscience, reveal that a difference at the smallest level of DNA — one amino acid on one gene — determines whether or not...

2013-12-09 23:22:43

It describes the scientific strategy behind Antisense Drugs. It also provides updates on the ongoing research and clinical trials for this class of SMA drugs. Elk Grove Village, IL (PRWEB) December 09, 2013 Families of SMA has released a new edition of the Compass Newsletter, a publication dedicated to research updates. This newsletter was produced in a collaboration between Families of SMA, Biogen Idec, and Isis Pharmaceuticals. It describes the scientific strategy behind Antisense...

2013-12-09 14:07:38

We each live in a unique odor world According to Gertrude Stein, "A rose is a rose is a rose," but new research indicates that might not be the case when it comes to the rose's scent. Researchers from the Monell Center and collaborating institutions have found that as much as 30 percent of the large array of human olfactory receptor differs between any two individuals. This substantial variation is in turn reflected by variability in how each person perceives odors. Humans have about...

2013-11-13 08:35:55

LONDON, November 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New Addlife Project to raise $175,000 through US crowd funder Indiegogo The Addlife Project, a member-funded online platform to support grassroots health campaigns, goes live today with its bid to raise $175,000 for its international launch through the crowd funding platform Indiegogo. Link to Addlife crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-addlife-project/x/4486463...

2013-11-11 11:09:02

A study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shines a new light on molecular tools our cells use to govern regulated gene expression. The study was published on line in advance of print November 10 in the journal Nature Structural and Molecular Biology. "We uncovered a novel mechanism that allows proteins that direct pre-mRNA splicing – RNA-binding proteins – to induce a regulatory effect from greater distances than was thought possible,"...

Understanding How You See In The Dark
2013-10-31 09:00:19

University of Rochester Most people can see their body's movement in the absence of light Find a space with total darkness and slowly move your hand from side to side in front of your face. What do you see? If the answer is a shadowy shape moving past, you are probably not imagining things. With the help of computerized eye trackers, a new cognitive science study finds that at least 50 percent of people can see the movement of their own hand even in the absence of all light....

2013-10-21 13:38:31

Think of the smell of an orange, a lemon, and a grapefruit. Each has strong acidic notes mixed with sweetness. And yet each fresh, bright scent is distinguishable from its relatives. These fruits smell similar because they share many chemical compounds. How, then does the brain tell them apart? How does the brain remember a complex and often overlapping chemical signature as a particular scent? Researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) are using the fruit fly to discover how the...

2013-10-21 12:27:30

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Clontech Laboratories, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takara Bio Inc., today announced the launch of the SMARTer Stranded RNA-Seq Kit for strand-specific RNA-Seq from low-input RNA samples. This kit integrates Illumina® library preparation with SMART(TM) cDNA amplification to create indexed libraries in less than four hours and provides high-quality stranded data, with greater than 99% accuracy in strand identification. (Logo:...

Making Prosthetic Limbs More Touch Sensitive
2013-10-15 04:35:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Chicago are laying the foundation for prosthetic limbs that could one day convey real-time touch-related data to amputees through a direct interface with the brain. The blueprint for these touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs, which has been published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, represents a vital advancement towards new technology that could increase the...