March 24, 2014
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Fast and reliable: New mechanism for speedy transmission in basket cells discovered

A new subcellular mechanism for reliable, fast transmission in the so-called basket cells of the brain has been discovered by researchers. Basket cells play a key role in information processing in neuronal networks in the hippocampus. To fulfill their … Continue reading

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March 16, 2014
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Nectar: Sweet reward from plants to attract pollinators

To make sure that flying pollinators come to flowers to pick up pollen, plants evolved special organs, the nectaries, to attract the animals. Scientists have now identified the sugar transporter that plays a key role in plants’ nectar production. SWEET… Continue reading

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January 28, 2014
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Parenting plays key role when African-American boys move from preschool to kindergarten

With implications for all children, a new study has found that parenting affects the academic and social performance of African-American boys as they move from preschool to kindergarten. In fact, parent-child interactions influence whether or not a hig… Continue reading

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September 23, 2013
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How ‘bad’ cholesterol causes atherosclerosis in humans: Stem cells play a key role

Translational researchers are developing a richer understanding of atherosclerosis in humans, revealing a key role for stem cells that promote inflammation. Continue reading

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September 18, 2013
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Study suggests overfishing of sharks is harming coral reefs

A team of scientists from Canada and Australia have discovered that the decline in shark populations is detrimental to coral reefs. Where shark numbers are reduced due to commercial fishing, there is also a decrease in the herbivorous fishes which play… Continue reading

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September 10, 2013
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Sea otters may help combat harmful agricultural run-off in California

As a keystone species, the importance of the sea otter on the health of coastal ecosystems can’t be understated. A new study shows that they may even play a key role in helping coastlines cope with agricultural run-off. Continue reading

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September 5, 2013
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Religious leaders can be key to biological diversity

Leaders of the major world religions can play a key role in preserving biological diversity. A new study indicates that if the world’s religious leaders wished to bring about a change, they would be ideally positioned to do so. Continue reading

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September 4, 2013
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TB and Parkinson’s disease linked by unique protein

A protein at the center of Parkinson’s disease research now also has been found to play a key role in causing the destruction of bacteria that cause tuberculosis, according to microbiologists. Continue reading

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August 29, 2013
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Protein that protects nucleus also regulates stem cell differentiation

The fact that bone is rigid and mechanically distinct from soft fat or brain had been speculated to play some role in differentiation to new cells in those parts of the body, but mechanisms have been unclear. Now, scientists have shown that a protein f… Continue reading

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August 12, 2013
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‘Grammar’ plays key role in activating genes

Researchers have probed deep into the cell’s genome, beyond the basic genetic code, to begin learning the “grammar” that helps determine whether or not a gene gets switched on to make the protein it encodes. Continue reading

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August 12, 2013
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Scientists have found new evidence to show how early humans migrated into Europe

Humans originated in Africa.  But what route did they take as they began to disperse around the world 60,000 years ago?  A professor has played a key role in finding the answer to one of the most fundamental questions in the history of humankind. Continue reading

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August 11, 2013
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Genetic mutations linked to Parkinson’s disease

Researchers have discovered how genetic mutations linked to Parkinson’s disease might play a key role in the death of brain cells, potentially paving the way for the development of more effective drug treatments. Continue reading

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August 2, 2013
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Kick-starting Europe’s electric vehicle industry

Electric vehicles (e-vehicles, or EVs) are set to play a key role in the future of urban mobility, reducing pollution, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels and saving drivers money. Although e-vehicles make up only a tiny fraction of the European car … Continue reading

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August 1, 2013
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Promising compound could offer new treatment for heart failure

Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Current therapies are not adequately effective at improving health. A study reveals the key role of a family of molecules known as BET proteins in activating genes t… Continue reading

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July 23, 2013
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Vaccinating boys plays key role in HPV prevention

Improving vaccination rates against the human papillomavirus (HPV) in boys is key to protecting both men and women, says new research. HPV has been linked to anal, penile and certain types of throat cancers in men. Since the virus is also responsible f… Continue reading

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July 19, 2013
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Stem cell discovery furthers research on cell-based therapy and cancer

Stem-cell researchers have found a key role for a protein called BMI1 that may help scientists direct the development of tissues to replace damaged organs in the human body. Continue reading

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July 19, 2013
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Eczema may play a key role in the development of food allergy in infants, study suggests

A breakdown of the skin barrier and inflammation in the skin that occurs in eczema could play a key role in triggering food sensitivity in babies, a new study reveals. Continue reading

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July 11, 2013
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Nerves play key role in triggering prostate cancer and influencing its spread

Researchers have found that nerves play a critical role in both the development and spread of prostate tumors. Their findings, using both a mouse model and human prostate tissue, may lead to new ways to predict the aggressiveness of prostate cancer and… Continue reading

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July 2, 2013
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Gene’s key role in building the developing brain’s scaffolding discovered

Researchers have pinpointed the role of a gene known as Arl13b in guiding the formation and proper placement of neurons in the early stages of brain development. Mutations in the gene could help explain brain malformations often seen in neurodevelopmen… Continue reading

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July 1, 2013
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Climate change: Disequilibrium will become the norm in the plant communities of the future

Global climate change will induce large changes to the plant communities on Earth, but these will typically occur with major time lags. Many plants will remain long after the climate has become unfavorable — and many new species can take thousands of … Continue reading

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