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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 report
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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
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Heart rhythm gene revealed in new research

(PhysOrg.com) -- A gene that regulates the rhythm of the heart is revealed in new research published today in Nature Genetics. The authors of the study, from Imperial College London, say their discovery helps ...

Jan 10, 2010
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Periodic paralysis study reveals gene causing disorder

Scientists have identified a gene underlying a disease that causes temporary paralysis of skeletal muscle. The finding, they say, illustrates how investigations of rare genetic diseases can drive insights into more common ...

Jan 07, 2010
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