Neuroscience

How retrotransposons control the brain

Around half of the genome is made up of transposable elements or 'jumping genes' that derive from ancient viral integrations. They persist in various states of decay like an old fashioned 'pull your own' junkyard where parts ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Kidney damage can result from coronavirus infection

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infects the kidneys and contributes to tissue scarring, as shown by researchers from the RWTH Uniklinik Aachen, Germany, and Radboudumc, The Netherlands. The developed scar tissue in the infected ...

Oncology & Cancer

Protein can save the heart after cancer

Cancer treatment can be tough on the body, but for the patient to survive the cancer, it's often necessary to go through with the treatment anyway.

Diabetes

Experimental compound counters diabetic complications

An experimental compound reduced complications of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in mice—not by lowering blood sugar—but by countering its consequences: cell death, inflammation, and organ damage.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How herpes checks into the nervous system for life

Herpes type 1 is sealed with a kiss for a lifetime. More than half of U.S. adults are carriers of HSV1 (herpes simplex virus type 1) which hibernates in the peripheral nervous system and can never be eradicated.

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