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Mutation causes intense pain

A mutation that enhances the function of a specific ion channel has been identified as the cause of a rare inherited pain disorder. The research, published by Cell Press in the June 10 issue of the journal Neuron, propos ...

Jun 09, 2010 4.5 / 5 (2) 0

A warm sensor maintains skin barrier

Japanese research group led by Prof. Makoto Tominaga and Dr. Takaaki Sokabe (National Institute for Physiological Sciences: NIPS) found that TRPV4 ion channel in skin keratinocytes is important for formation and maintenance ...

May 14, 2010 not rated yet 0

How fruit flies taste water

(PhysOrg.com) -- The ability to detect water and regulate water intake is essential for all animals because if cells have too little or too much water the consequences for the animal can be disastrous. It ...

Apr 08, 2010 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast report

Light switches for nerve cells

(PhysOrg.com) -- It sounds like a neurobiologist’s dream: a light-switch that allows nerve cells to be switched on and off at will. Three scientists have found just such a light switch and are now being ...

Apr 06, 2010 4.8 / 5 (5) 0 | with audio podcast