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2013-05-07 23:22:26

This program will assess the therapeutic potential of second-generation Antisense Oligonucleotides (ASO) sequences for SMA. This funding is being awarded to Co-Principal Investigators Dr. Arthur Burghes at Ohio State University and Dr. Christian Lorson at University of Missouri. Elk Grove Village, IL (PRWEB) May 07, 2013 Families of SMA is dedicated to creating a treatment and cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) by funding and advancing a comprehensive research program, including drug...

Single Olfactory Gene Helps Mice Detect Predators
2013-04-30 08:47:01

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Dogs can hear sounds at higher frequencies. Bats can ℠see´ with sonar although their eyes are practically useless. And, apparently, the mouse can smell a predator´s urine from a mile away. Each of these traits has played an important role in the evolution of each animal. But what is especially amazing with regard to mice and their olfactory receptors is their ability to sense a threat may be determined by only...

2013-04-24 15:36:37

An investigational treatment for an inherited form of Lou Gehrig´s disease has passed an early phase clinical trial for safety, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Massachusetts General Hospital report. The researchers have shown that the therapy produced no serious side effects in patients with the disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The phase 1 trial´s results, available online in Lancet Neurology, also demonstrate...

Reading Into The Brain To Understand How Neurons Represent The World
2013-04-23 15:33:22

International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) We know the world through the sensory representations within our brain. Such "reconstruction" is performed through the electrical activation of neural cells, the code that contains the information that is constantly processed by the brain. If we wish to understand what are the rules followed by the representation of the world inside the brain we have to comprehend how electrical activation is linked to the sensory experience. For this...

Study Finds Hot And Cold Senses Interact
2013-04-09 10:20:59

University of North Carolina Health Care A study from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine offers new insights into how the nervous system processes hot and cold temperatures. The research led by neuroscientist Mark J. Zylka, PhD, associate professor of cell biology and physiology, found an interaction between the neural circuits that detect hot and cold stimuli: cold perception is enhanced when nerve circuitry for heat is inactivated. "This discovery has implications for...

Your Nose Isn’t The Only Organ That Can Smell
2013-04-08 12:47:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The nose is a highly specialized organ, and for years it has been assumed that it is the only part of the human body which is finely attuned to receiving and process odors. However, a new study presented at 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans reported that heart, blood, lung and other cells have the same receptors for sensing odors that are present in the nose. "Our team recently...

2013-04-04 23:02:42

Alan Hirsch, M.D., F.A.C.P, board-certified neurologist and nationally recognized smell and taste expert, is featured in an educational program, “Power of Scent” that is currently airing on select Public Television Stations throughout the U.S. An hour-long documentary style program featuring scientists, experts, psychologists and patients, “Power of Scent” guides Public Television viewers through the unseen, surprising and widely underestimated world of our most...

2013-03-18 15:54:40

Insect odorant receptors regulate their own sensitivity. Highly developed antennae containing different types of olfactory receptors allow insects to use minute amounts of odors for orientation towards resources like food, oviposition sites or mates. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, have now used mutant flies and for the first time provided experimental proof that the extremely sensitive olfactory system of fruit flies – they are able to...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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