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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, proposes ...

dateJun 09, 2010 in Neuroscience
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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 ...

dateMay 14, 2010 in Biochemistry
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Blinking neurons give thoughts away

(PhysOrg.com) -- Electrical currents are invisible to the naked eye - at least they are when they flow through metal cables. In nerve cells, however, scientists are able to make electrical signals visible. Working with fellow ...

dateMay 04, 2010 in Neuroscience
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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 is unclear whether ...

dateApr 08, 2010 in Cell & Microbiology report
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