Neuroscience

The protein dress of a neuron

Where in a nerve cell is a certain receptor protein located? Without an answer to this question, it is difficult to draw firm conclusions about the function of this protein. Two scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology ...

Neuroscience

Time-keeping brain protein influences memory

Upsetting the brain's timekeeping can cause cognitive impairments, like when jetlag makes you feel foggy and forgetful. These impairments may stem from disrupting a protein that aligns the brain's time-keeping mechanism to ...

Neuroscience

Q&A: Dissecting movement disorders through the eyes of a fly

Every time we move, electrical impulses are channeled along neuronal highways, jumping from nerve cell to nerve cell until they reach a muscle, causing it to contract. Because muscle movement depends on neuronal function, ...

Oncology & Cancer

Feeding off fusion or the immortalization of tumor cells

Worldwide, cancer is the second leading cause of death—in 2018 alone, it claimed approximately 9.6 million lives, or one in six deaths. The development of cancer is incredibly complex and is controlled by an interplay of ...

Genetics

Genetic mutations may be linked to infertility, early menopause

A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis identifies a specific gene's previously unknown role in fertility. When the gene is missing in fruit flies, roundworms, zebrafish and mice, the animals ...

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