Total E-Clips Newsletter No. 2801—Research Breakthroughs
VIRUSES IN THE GUT PROTECT FROM INFECTION
Almost every animal uses mucus to make a barrier that protects tissues that are exposed to the environment, such as the gut or lungs. Now, a team of researchers have discovered that mucus is also the key to an ancient partnership between animals and viruses. Nature, 5/21.
MACROPHAGES DRIVE REGENERATION
The activity of one type of immune cell helps regrow the limbs of amputated salamanders. The Scientist, 5/22.
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON: MICE FOLLOW DAD'S EXAMPLE
When it comes to parenting, mice follow their fathers' examples. Male mice with neglectful dads grow up to be less nurturing to their own babies, new research finds. LiveScience, 5/21.
CANCER DETECTION CLUE IN FRUIT FLIES
In the eyes and wings of fruit flies, biologist Pradip Sinha has spotted a key step in the transformation of normal cells into cancerous cells, a clue to a long-standing puzzle in cancer biology. The Telegraph (India), 5/20.
RESEARCHERS ELIMINATE SCHIZOPHRENIA SYMPTOMS IN AN ANIMAL MODEL
Overexpression of a gene associated with schizophrenia causes classic symptoms of the disorder that are reversed when gene expression returns to normal, scientists working with mice report. Medical College of Georgia, 5/22.
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