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2010-04-06 07:41:46

A genetic mutation in mice elevates their risk of stress-induced depression Depression and schizophrenia can be triggered by environmental stimuli and often occur in response to stressful life events. However, some people have a higher predisposition to develop these diseases, which highlights a role for genetics in determining a person's disease risk. A high number of people with depression have a genetic change that alters a protein that cells use to talk to each other in the brain. Imaging...

2009-05-29 08:01:14

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and collaborators at Harvard Medical School have linked a specialized protein in human muscles to the process that clears glucose out of the bloodstream, shedding light on what goes wrong in type 2 diabetes on a cellular level.Establishing the function of this protein, which significantly is not present in mice, has broad implications for both the future study and possible therapies for diabetes, according to an article published in...

2009-01-27 16:36:26

Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have found a surprising link between brain iron levels and serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in neuropsychiatric conditions ranging from autism to major depression. Appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, the study by Randy Blakely, Ph.D., and colleagues also demonstrates the utility of a powerful in silico approach for discovering novel traits linked to subtle genetic variation. The serotonin...

2008-10-02 00:00:23

A study by a Florida criminologist suggests the old adage "birds of a feather flock together" has a ring of truth when it comes to teenage boys. Kevin M. Beaver of Florida State University said a study of family, peer and DNA data from 1,816 boys in middle and high school shows boys with a certain type of variation of the dopamine transporter gene, or DAT1, are more likely to flock to delinquent peers. "This research is groundbreaking because it shows that the propensity in some...

2008-09-10 00:00:26

Canadian researchers have found they can use positron emission tomography, or PET scans, to detect seasonal variations in brain chemical transport. Dr. Jeffrey Meyer of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto led a team of researchers who determined the variations in how much serotonin -- a brain chemical involved in regulating physical functions such as eating and energy balance -- is removed via serotonin transporter binding in the living brain can be correlated with the...

2005-12-15 15:22:40

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A little striped fish has helped scientists begin to solve one of the biggest mysteries in biology -- which genes are responsible for differences in human skin, eye and hair color. The large, international team of scientists reported on Thursday that they had found a gene that makes African zebrafish of a lighter-than-normal color -- and say the same gene helps explain the light-colored hair, skin and eyes of...

2005-12-15 15:20:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- A little striped fish has helped scientists begin to solve one of the biggest mysteries in biology -- which genes are responsible for differences in human skin, eye and hair color. The large, international team of scientists reported on Thursday that they had found a gene that makes African zebrafish of a lighter-than-normal color -- and say the same gene helps explain the light-colored hair, skin and eyes of many Europeans. While...

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2005-12-15 15:20:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- A little striped fish has helped scientists begin to solve one of the biggest mysteries in biology -- which genes are responsible for differences in human skin, eye and hair color. The large, international team of scientists reported on Thursday that they had found a gene that makes African zebrafish of a lighter-than-normal color -- and say the same gene helps explain the light-colored hair, skin and eyes of many Europeans. While...

2005-06-06 22:46:31

New Haven, Conn.--Confirming findings in a previous study, Yale researchers observed an altered availability of the dopamine transporter in healthy persons with a genetic variation linked to substance abuse and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). "Healthy people who carry a particular variant of the dopamine transporter gene, the nine repeat allele, have significantly higher levels of dopamine transporter in the brain," said the lead author, Christopher van Dyck, M.D., associate...

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2005-04-07 07:30:00

SSRIs boost serotonin levels on two fronts, study shows HealthDay News -- New research shows that the popular, and sometimes controversial, antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) boost serotonin levels on two fronts. The finding could explain why these medications often take weeks to work, the scientists report in the April 7 issue of Neuron. Apparently, SSRIs kick off a two-pronged process that puts serotonin levels back into balance. Serotonin is a brain...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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