Genetics

A subtle genetic change gives new clues about epilepsy

Sometimes, even the alteration of a single nucleotide in a gene can cause serious disease. In a young boy with epilepsy, this kind of mutation has not just affected the functioning of the protein in question—it could also ...

Health

Not all dietary fibers are equal

The health benefits of dietary fiber vary across individuals and may depend on the specific type of fiber and the dose consumed, researchers report April 28th in the journal Cell Host & Microbe.

Medical research

A Nobel Prize-worthy question: How do we sense heat, cold, touch?

For centuries, understanding the basis for how we detect, process and react to light, sound, temperature, pressure and other environmental signals has been a scientific focus. Science has advanced, and new understanding at ...

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