New defense against viral lung infections discovered

Researchers have uncovered a previously unknown arm of the immune defense system that protects the lung from lethal viral infections. Respiratory diseases caused by viruses such as influenza A and SARS-CoV-2 cause damage not just through their own actions, but also from collateral damage as the immune system reacts to fight the infection. A timely and proportionate response identifies viruses, […]

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A newly discovered circuit helps fish to prioritize

Being constantly flooded by a mass of stimuli, it is impossible for us to react to all of them. The same holds true for a little fish. Which stimuli should it pay attention to and which not? Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology have now deciphered the neuronal circuit that zebrafish use to prioritize visual stimuli. Surrounded by […]

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New Parkinson’s disease therapeutics discovered

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers have discovered that the protein BMP5/7 offers promising therapeutics that could slow down or halt the progression of Parkinson’s disease. The findings were published in the clinical neurology journal Brain. Parkinson’s disease, which affects over 1 million people in the U.S. and 10 million worldwide, causes tremors and severe movement impairment due to progressive […]

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Rare 'semi-identical' twins discovered during Australian woman's pregnancy

A rare set of semi-identical twins have been identified in Australia, only the second set ever reported in the world. (stock photo) A rare set of semi-identical twins — only the second set ever reported in the world — have been identified in Australia. The 4-year-old boy and girl from Brisbane share all of their mother’s DNA but only a part of their […]

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New drug target discovered for potential blood pressure treatment

Scientists have identified a key player in blood pressure regulation and have shown that switching it off reduces blood pressure in mice, according to new research in eLife. Their study ends much uncertainty about the contribution this molecule makes to high blood pressure and could lead to the development of new drugs. High blood pressure affects millions worldwide and is […]

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