Blue light triggers memory and emphatic fear in mice via noninvasive approach

Researchers at the Center for Cognition and Sociality, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in South Korea, have engineered an improved biological tool that controls calcium (Ca2+) levels in the brain via blue light. Published in Nature Communications, this optogenetic construct, called monster-OptoSTIM1 or monSTIM1 for short, causes a change in mice’s fear learning behavior without the need of […]

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Sam Smith Admits That the Christmas Season 'Triggers Tricky Body Issues'

Sam Smith has been opening up quite a bit over the past year and their latest reveal is all too relatable. In an Instagram post on Tuesday, December 17, the “Too Good at Goodbyes” singer shared the body insecurities they deal with during the holiday season. Sam Smith Is Slaying the Makeup Game With Glitter Eyeliner, Sparkly Lip Gloss, False […]

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Rotavirus cell invasion triggers a cacophony of calcium signals

To successfully set off disease, rotavirus, a virus that causes severe diarrhea and vomiting in children around the world, must invade cells of the gastrointestinal track and trigger a surge of calcium inside the cells. How this surge occurs has not been clarified, but a report in the journal Scientific Reports released today shows in cinematic detail the dynamic changes […]

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