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Scientists grow human serotonin neurons in petri dish

Serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in regulating mood and mental states, has been linked to numerous neurological and mental illnesses, including depression. But because there...

Muscle weakness seen in alcoholism linked to mitochondrial repair issues

Muscle weakness from long-term alcoholism may stem from an inability of mitochondria, the powerhouses of cells, to self-repair, according to a study funded by...
Fish oil may help cure leukemia

Link found between Down syndrome and leukemia

Although doctors have long known that people with Down syndrome have a heightened risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during childhood, they haven't...

Booster makes immune system far more effective in fighting pneumonia, meningitis

Researchers at the University of Leicester have produced an artificial version of a naturally occurring protein, properdin, which has been found to successfully combat...

Diet of elusive red widow spider revealed by MU biologist

Beetles: it's what's for breakfast—at least for the red widow spider of Florida's "scrub" habitat, according to a study by University of Missouri biologist...

Farm salmon pose clear reproductive threat to wild gene pools

Farmed salmon show full reproductive potential to invade wild gene pools and should be sterilised - according to new research from the University of...

Better RNA interference, inspired by nature

New MIT nanoparticles offer best-ever gene silencing, could help treat liver diseases. Inspired by tiny particles that carry cholesterol through the body, MIT chemical engineers...

Fruit flies are relentless party crashers

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...

Toddler: Previously unknown signal tells embryo cells to reorganize

Whether human or animal, vertebrate or invertebrate, nearly every creature begins life as a tiny clump of cells. Before those cells can begin blossoming...

Making stem cells grow human hair

If the content of many a situation comedy, not to mention late-night TV advertisements, is to be believed, there's an epidemic of balding men,...

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