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“We want to understand how the virus can disrupt host cell machinery and yet be able to engage ribosomes, be able to eng...
10/25/2020
SARS-CoV-2 Disables Key Components of Human Cells’ Defense System

“We want to understand how the virus can disrupt host cell machinery and yet be able to engage ribosomes, be able to engage the trafficking machinery—all these things that have been shut off.” —Dev Majumdar

Researchers detail how viral proteins interact with host RNA to disrupt the cell's ability to fight back against infection.

ICYMI: “There’s a growing recognition that [dopamine and serotonin] have more refined and nuanced roles than what may ha...
10/25/2020
Serotonin and Dopamine Linked to Decision-Making: Study

ICYMI: “There’s a growing recognition that [dopamine and serotonin] have more refined and nuanced roles than what may have once been believed, and this study really makes that case clear in human decision making.” —Tim Hanks, UC Davis

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers monitored subsecond changes in levels of the neurotransmitters in the human brain, unlocking new insight into their function.

ICYMI: Over the course of two months, researchers trained macaque monkeys to lift more and more weight, until they were ...
10/25/2020
Neural Connections Bolstered in Monkeys That Lift Weights

ICYMI: Over the course of two months, researchers trained macaque monkeys to lift more and more weight, until they were able to do the equivalent of a one-armed pull-up.

A study in two macaques reveals the importance of increasing connectivity between muscles and the reticulospinal tract that runs from the brain stem down the spinal cord.

In two independent studies, researchers find that the organelle is responsible for a switch that allows cells to start m...
10/24/2020
Nucleus Is Key to How Cells Sense Personal Space

In two independent studies, researchers find that the organelle is responsible for a switch that allows cells to start moving when they’re squeezed.

In two independent studies, researchers find that the organelle is responsible for a switch that allows cells to start moving when they're squeezed.

"We are the descendants of a long lineage of successful individuals who got their risk assessments right."
10/24/2020
Opinion: What Animals Can Teach Us About Fear

"We are the descendants of a long lineage of successful individuals who got their risk assessments right."

Fear binds us to our human and nonhuman ancestors. Understanding the emotion can help us grapple with challenges we face today.

"I don’t think there is any doubt this is new salivary tissue that has been discovered." —Chris Nutting
10/24/2020
Scientists Discover New Human Salivary Glands

"I don’t think there is any doubt this is new salivary tissue that has been discovered." —Chris Nutting

The findings may have implications for radiotherapy, a cancer treatment that can cause damage to salivary glands and leave lasting complications.

The deal will be “an enormous opportunity for scientists in Germany,” as well as an opportunity for researchers elsewher...
10/24/2020
Nature-branded Journals Announce First Open-Access Deal

The deal will be “an enormous opportunity for scientists in Germany,” as well as an opportunity for researchers elsewhere to build on their scientific findings. —Klaus Blaum, Max Planck

The agreement will enable authors at eligible German institutes to publish an estimated 400 open-access papers each year in Springer Nature journals from the Nature line of titles.

“All these groups [of monkeys] we found, I knew everything about them. I knew who was the son, the daughter, the mother....
10/24/2020
Argentinian Field Site Devastated by Fire

“All these groups [of monkeys] we found, I knew everything about them. I knew who was the son, the daughter, the mother. The first [few days] I was crying all the time.” —Martin Kowalewski

Roughly half of the howler monkeys in the research preserve have died or remain unaccounted for. Scientists had been studying them for more than 30 years.

One gene to rule them all... in regards to certain behaviors, that is. Via Knowable Magazine:
10/23/2020
Solo stars among the genes

One gene to rule them all... in regards to certain behaviors, that is. Via Knowable Magazine:

From maggots’ movements to voles’ roles, sometimes single genes can have outsize effects on behavior

ICYMI: “This is the first evidence that there’s a direct [immune] mechanism between lipid droplets and intracellular pat...
10/23/2020
Lipid Droplets Are Intracellular Bacteria-Fighting Machines

ICYMI: “This is the first evidence that there’s a direct [immune] mechanism between lipid droplets and intracellular pathogens, and I thought that was just fascinating.” —Stacey Gilk

Far from being inert fat-storage depots within cells, lipid droplets recruit immune proteins and block bacterial growth.

Opponents of the reductions are calling for #MásCienciaMenosObediencia, meaning: more science, less obedience.
10/23/2020
Mexican Senate Votes to Cut Research Funding, Disaster Relief

Opponents of the reductions are calling for #MásCienciaMenosObediencia, meaning: more science, less obedience.

Government leaders claim the reductions are necessary to free up assets to deal with COVID-19 and address corruption in research.

Through pathological and molecular tests in Zambia and at the US Department of Agriculture, scientists confirmed that wh...
10/23/2020
Wheat Blast Arrives in Zambia, First Time in Africa

Through pathological and molecular tests in Zambia and at the US Department of Agriculture, scientists confirmed that wheat blast, caused by the fungus Magnaporthe oryzae pathotype Triticum (MoT), is now a disease in Africa.

Experts fear the fungal pathogen will spread to other African countries, threatening wheat production.

It’s not always clear why a species disappeared from an area in the first place, so it can be challenging to figure out ...
10/23/2020
How to Reintroduce a Long-Lost Species

It’s not always clear why a species disappeared from an area in the first place, so it can be challenging to figure out whether it will thrive there if reintroduced.

Conservation biologist John Ewen discusses the recent reintroduction of Tasmanian devils to mainland Australia after a 3,000-year absence and issues that need to be considered when bringing long-departed animals back into an area.

Some viruses can sneak into the brain through the nose. Recent studies show that microglia are ready for them when they ...
10/23/2020
The Brain’s Immune Cells Stand Sentinel Against Viral Invasion

Some viruses can sneak into the brain through the nose. Recent studies show that microglia are ready for them when they do.

Some viruses, possibly even SARS-CoV-2, can sneak into the brain through the nose. Recent studies show that microglia are ready for them when they do.

In this episode of The Scientist's LabTalk, we explore how neurons withstand stress by looking at three cutting edge tec...
10/23/2020
The Scientist's LabTalk - Ep. 2: Surviving Stress: The mysteries of neuronal survival and neurodegeneration

In this episode of The Scientist's LabTalk, we explore how neurons withstand stress by looking at three cutting edge technologies: CRISPR, stem cell technology, and single-cell sequencing. Tiffany Garbutt from The Scientist’s Creative Services team spoke with Martin Kampmann, associate professor at the University of California San Francisco, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub investigator, and Paul G. Allen Distinguished Investigator, to learn more. Listen here: https://bit.ly/31zdjhx

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“The microplastics are generated by the utensils you’re using during the food preparation process. There’s an immediacy ...
10/23/2020
Baby Bottles Can Shed Millions of Microplastic Particles: Study

“The microplastics are generated by the utensils you’re using during the food preparation process. There’s an immediacy to the presence of microplastics, and that’s a first.” —John Boland

The project did not assess any implications for children's health, but the authors recommend changing up how parents use baby bottles to reduce the amount of plastic in formula or breastmilk.

Scientists seek to combine genome editing with a technique used in chicken breeding to try to bring back lost birds.
10/23/2020
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Scientists seek to combine genome editing with a technique used in chicken breeding to try to bring back lost birds.

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[FREE Webinar] The Scientist invites you to join them for an educational webinar, “SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Durability" Join ...
10/23/2020

[FREE Webinar] The Scientist invites you to join them for an educational webinar, “SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Durability" Join us Monday, October 26 at 2:30 PM Eastern Time. Register here: https://bit.ly/3jYcrKt

A tricky biochemical problem is currently being worked on by thousands of people around the world — by playing a game ca...
10/23/2020
Wanted: Online gamers to help build a more stable Covid-19 vaccine

A tricky biochemical problem is currently being worked on by thousands of people around the world — by playing a game called Eterna. Via Knowable Magazine

People beat artificial intelligence hands-down at puzzling out new ways to fold molecules for a potential SARS-Cov-2 immunization. Thousands more players are needed.

ICYMI: For three species—H. neanderthalensis, erectus, and heidelbergensis—their climatic niches appeared to suddenly co...
10/23/2020
Climate Change Helped Drive Homo sapiens’ Cousins Extinct: Study

ICYMI: For three species—H. neanderthalensis, erectus, and heidelbergensis—their climatic niches appeared to suddenly contract just before their last known appearance in the fossil record. https://bit.ly/2HomrPb

Sharp drops in global temperatures helped seal the fate of three extinct hominin species, including our close relatives, the Neanderthals, according to thousands of archaeological specimens and a model of past climate conditions.

ICYMI: The researchers compared COVID-19 death rates through mid-September in 19 countries.
10/23/2020
US Tops List of COVID-19 and All-Cause Death Rates Since May

ICYMI: The researchers compared COVID-19 death rates through mid-September in 19 countries.

The authors of a new analysis conclude that tens of thousands of lives could have been saved with a more coordinated national response to the coronavirus.

ICYMI: The mutant gene at the root of Huntington’s is found throughout the body in many different types of cells. Michel...
10/22/2020
Michelle Gray Tracks Huntington’s in Different Brain Cells

ICYMI: The mutant gene at the root of Huntington’s is found throughout the body in many different types of cells. Michelle Gray’s work aims to determine where it causes the disease.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham neuroscientist aims to determine which cells are most important in prompting the disease’s initiation and progression.

After weeks of training, the muscles of two macaques exhibited greater responses to stimulation of the reticulospinal tr...
10/22/2020
Infographic: How Weight Lifting Changes Monkeys’ Neural Connections

After weeks of training, the muscles of two macaques exhibited greater responses to stimulation of the reticulospinal tract in the brain stem than they had before, suggesting that strengthening the neural pathway is key to getting stronger.

After weeks of training, the muscles of two macaques exhibited greater responses to stimulation of the reticulospinal tract in the brain stem than they had before, suggesting that strengthening the neural pathway is key to getting stronger.

Register for our webinar today and learn how you can use the novel MMI CellScan for a variety of lab applications, such ...
10/22/2020

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Humans share at least one fundamental emotion with many other species: fear.
10/22/2020
Opinion: What Animals Can Teach Us About Fear

Humans share at least one fundamental emotion with many other species: fear.

Fear binds us to our human and nonhuman ancestors. Understanding the emotion can help us grapple with challenges we face today.

Doctors don’t regularly come across undiscovered bits of human anatomy, but a team of physicians recently reported a nev...
10/22/2020
Scientists Discover New Human Salivary Glands

Doctors don’t regularly come across undiscovered bits of human anatomy, but a team of physicians recently reported a never-before-described set of salivary glands in patients’ necks.

The findings may have implications for radiotherapy, a cancer treatment that can cause damage to salivary glands and leave lasting complications.

The deal will enable authors at eligible German institutes to publish an estimated 400 open-access papers each year in N...
10/22/2020
Nature-branded Journals Announce First Open-Access Deal

The deal will enable authors at eligible German institutes to publish an estimated 400 open-access papers each year in Nature-branded journals.

The agreement will enable authors at eligible German institutes to publish an estimated 400 open-access papers each year in Springer Nature journals from the Nature line of titles.

“It’s really nice, for those of us working in neuroscience, to see this spectrum of studies all the way from animals to ...
10/22/2020
Serotonin and Dopamine Linked to Decision-Making: Study

“It’s really nice, for those of us working in neuroscience, to see this spectrum of studies all the way from animals to human volunteers.” —Armin Lak

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers monitored subsecond changes in levels of the neurotransmitters in the human brain, unlocking new insight into their function.

After weeks of training, the muscles of two macaques exhibited greater responses to stimulation of the reticulospinal tr...
10/22/2020
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After weeks of training, the muscles of two macaques exhibited greater responses to stimulation of the reticulospinal tract in the brain stem than they had before, suggesting that strengthening the neural pathway is key to getting stronger.

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10/22/2020

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