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Fruit Flies Are Relentless Party Crashers
2014-02-05 13:30:09

University of Washington That fruit fly joining you just moments after you poured that first glass of cabernet, has just used its poppy-seed-sized brain to conduct a finely-choreographed search, one that’s been described for the first time by researchers at the University of Washington. The search mission is another example of fruit flies executing complex behaviors with very little “computational” power, their brains having 100,000 neurons compared to house flies with 300,000...

How Do Honeybees Taste?
2014-02-05 11:29:13

Frontiers New research on the ability of honeybees to taste with claws on their forelegs reveals details on how this information is processed, according to a study published in the open-access journal, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Insects taste through sensilla, hair-like structures on the body that contain receptor nerve cells, each of which is sensitive to a particular substance. In many insects, for example the honeybee, sensilla are found on the mouthparts, antenna and the...

2014-01-30 08:30:19

- Arcturus proprietary LUNAR(TM) delivery technology demonstrates exceptional potency in vivo, ED(50) of 0.020 mg/kg SAN DIEGO, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Arcturus Therapeutics, Inc. today announced it will present a poster at the Keystone Symposia Conference on RNA Silencing held January 31- February 5, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The Arcturus poster titled "Design of a Novel, Potent, and Safe RNA Therapeutic Platform Utilizing LUNAR(TM) Delivery Technology" (poster...

2014-01-24 11:21:52

New research from the Monell Center reveals humans can use the sense of smell to detect dietary fat in food. As food smell almost always is detected before taste, the findings identify one of the first sensory qualities that signals whether a food contains fat. Innovative methods using odor to make low-fat foods more palatable could someday aid public health efforts to reduce dietary fat intake. "The human sense of smell is far better at guiding us through our everyday lives than we give...

Study Debunks ESP
2014-01-14 11:19:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from two psychologists at the University of Melbourne has shown that the human mind can perceive change in an environment without knowing exactly what has changed. Lead researcher Piers Howe interpreted his findings as evidence against the existence of extrasensory perception (ESP), also known as a sixth sense. “There is a common belief that observers can experience changes directly with their mind, without needing to...

Isolating RNA From Live Cells In Their Natural Tissue Environment
2014-01-13 07:23:08

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Findings allow for better understanding of how tissue microenvironment affects gene expression in healthy and diseased cells A multi-disciplinary team from the University of Pennsylvania have published in Nature Methods a first-of-its-kind way to isolate RNA from live cells in their natural tissue microenvironment without damaging nearby cells. This allows the researchers to analyze how cell-to-cell chemical connections influence individual...

2014-01-10 08:23:28

HOERSHOLM, Denmark and SAN DIEGO, Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Santaris Pharma A/S has announced today that they have signed an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), whereby, pursuant to an option right, GSK gains access to Santaris' Locked Nucleic Acid (LNA) technology to develop RNA-targeted medicines. Under the terms of the agreement, GSK can obtain rights to utilize Santaris Pharma's proprietary Locked Nucleic Acid (LNA) Drug Platform to research, develop and commercialize...

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...


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This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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