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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

( -- 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

( -- 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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Light switches for nerve cells

( -- 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 honoured for their ...

dateApr 06, 2010 in Neuroscience
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