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Back to the future for flu fighters

(PhysOrg.com) -- Australian National University researchers have breathed new life into an old protein drug target in a discovery that could open the door to a new range of drugs to combat influenza.

Jul 20, 2010
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Cystic fibrosis gene typo is a double whammy

An imbalance of salt and water in patients with cystic fibrosis makes their lungs clog up with sticky mucus that is prone to infection. The cause of the offending imbalance is a well-known genetic error, one that blocks the ...

Nov 12, 2010
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Membrane molecule keeps nerve impulses hopping

New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine describes a key molecular mechanism in nerve fibers that ensures the rapid conductance of nervous system impulses. The findings ...

Jan 26, 2011
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Important role for the cerebellum

Hereditary diseases such as epilepsy or various coordination disorders may be caused by changes in nerve cells of the cerebellum, which do not set in until after birth. This is reported by Bochum's neuroscientists in the Jo ...

Mar 18, 2011
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Channeling our ion past

To understand how the first cells transported ions across their membranes, researchers are studying simple channels used by fungi to kill off bacteria.

Jun 07, 2012
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