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Researchers Develop Mouse That Could Provide Advance Warning of Next Flu Pandemic

Researchers in Germany have developed a transgenic mouse that could help scientists identify new influenza virus strains with the potential to cause a global pandemic. The mouse is described in a study, “In vivo evasion of MxA by avian influenza viruses requires human signature in the viral nucleoprotein,” that will be published April 10 in […]

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Electron Microscopy Reveals How Vitamin A Enters The Cell

Using a new, lightning-fast camera paired with an electron microscope, Columbia University Medical Center scientists have captured images of one of the smallest proteins in our cells to be “seen” with a microscope. The protein – called STRA6 – sits in the membrane of our cells and is responsible for transporting vitamin A into the […]

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Sophisticated ‘Mini-Brains’ Add to Evidence of Zika’s Toll on Fetal Cortex

Studying a new type of pinhead-size, lab-grown brain made with technology first suggested by three high school students, Johns Hopkins researchers have confirmed a key way in which Zika virus causes microcephaly and other damage in fetal brains: by infecting specialized stem cells that build its outer layer, the cortex. The lab-grown mini-brains, which researchers […]

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Penn and Rutgers Researchers Discover New Pathway That May Trigger Asthma

Asthma is an enormous public health problem that continues to grow larger, in part because scientists don’t fully understand how it is caused. Existing therapies don’t cure the disease and often don’t even significantly alleviate the symptoms. Now, scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University have identified […]

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New Technology Aims to turn Complicated Lab Tests into Point-of-Care Tests for First Responders

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can have tragic consequences if victims are not rescued or treated. First responders at the scene may not know immediately if a conscious patient is a victim of CO poisoning. Normally, these type of tests are taken with an arterial blood sample (typically an artery in the arm), and are then […]