Medical research

Research sheds light on earliest stages of Angelman syndrome

New research from North Carolina State University provides insights into the earliest stages of Angelman syndrome. The work also demonstrates how human cerebral organoids can be used to shed light on genetic disorders that ...

Inflammatory disorders

Researchers develop new treatment method for psoriasis

Psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that causes itchy, red, scaly patches, afflicts more than 8 million Americans and 125 million people worldwide. Small molecule-based drugs like steroids can penetrate the skin to treat ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

AI fast-tracks drug discovery to fight COVID-19

A global race is underway to discover a vaccine, drug, or combination of treatments that can disrupt the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, and prevent widespread deaths.

Medical research

An experimental peptide could block COVID-19

In hopes of developing a possible treatment for COVID-19, a team of MIT chemists has designed a drug candidate that they believe may block coronaviruses' ability to enter human cells. The potential drug is a short protein ...

Genetics

Crowdsourced supercomputing project sets sights on coronavirus

People around the world are isolating themselves to help slow the spread of COVID-19. But there is another way those confined to their homes—but connected online—can join the fight against the novel coronavirus. Among ...

Oncology & Cancer

Disorderly DNA helps cancer cells evade treatment

Each cell in the human body holds a full two meters of DNA. In order for that DNA to fit into the cell nucleus—a cozy space just one hundredth of a millimeter of space—it needs to be packed extremely tight.

Immunology

Antibodies gather and form a circle for defensive attack

Antibodies play a crucial role in our immune system by linking antigen recognition with complement activation for attacking foreign cells. Using high-speed atomic force microscopy, collaborative groups, including researchers ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Research reveals new insights into hepatitis B

Researchers at the University of Delaware, working with colleagues at Indiana University, have gained new insights into the virus that causes hepatitis B—a life-threatening and incurable infection that afflicts more than ...

Neuroscience

Hypothalamus neurons modulate pancreatic insulin amounts

The brain is key in the regulation of appetite, body weight and metabolism. Specifically, there is a small group of POMC neurons in the hypothalamus that detect and integrate signals related to the body's energy state and ...

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