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childhood brain cancer

Stem Cells Show Promise as Drug Delivery Tool for Childhood Brain...

The latest in a series of laboratory breakthroughs could lead to a more effective way to treat the most common brain cancer in children....
Sucralose

Study Finds Sucralose Produces Previously Unidentified Metabolites

Sucralose, a widely used artificial sweetener sold under the trade name Splenda®, is metabolized in the gut, producing at least two fat-soluble compounds, according...
neuropsychiatric disorders

Researchers Reveal How Gene Variant Is Linked to Chronic Pain After...

The gene FKBP5 is a critical regulator of the stress response and affects how we respond to environmental stimuli. Previous studies have shown that...
Serotonin Receptor

Scientists Discover Intricacies of Serotonin Receptor Crucial for Better Therapeutics

Serotonin, known as the “happiness” neurotransmitter, is a chemical found in the body responsible for feelings of well-being. But serotonin isn’t the only chemical...
organ-on-a-chip

Biosensor Allows Real-Time Oxygen Monitoring for ‘Organs-On-A-Chip’

A new biosensor allows researchers to track oxygen levels in real time in “organ-on-a-chip” systems, making it possible to ensure that such systems more...
drug policies

Proposal Seeks to Improve Assessment of Drug Risks

A drug policy researcher is proposing a suite of changes to overhaul the Multi-Criteria Drug Harm Scale (MCDHS), which informs drug policies across Europe....
Mosquitoes

In the Wild and the Lab, Female Mosquitoes Get Choosy Quickly...

Certain female mosquitoes quickly evolve more selective mating behavior when faced with existential threats from other invasive mosquito species, with concurrent changes to certain...
Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers Find Potential Key to Unlocking the Immune System in Pancreatic...

A University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center study may provide insights into how to overcome barriers to using immune-based treatments for pancreatic...
Heart Attacks

New System Allows Rapid Response to Heart Attacks, Limits Cardiac Damage

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a drug-delivery system that allows rapid response...
genetics

Researchers Reveal Hidden Rules of Genetics for How Life on Earth...

All living things use the genetic code to “translate” DNA-based genetic information into proteins, which are the main working molecules in cells. Precisely how...
Artificial intelligence system

Artificial Intelligence System Created at UNC-Chapel Hill Designs Drugs from Scratch

An artificial-intelligence approach created at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy can teach itself to design new drug...
kidney cancer

Discovery of Kidney Cancer Driver Could Lead to New Treatment Strategy

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center scientists have uncovered a potential therapeutic target for kidney cancers that have a common genetic change....
Tardigrades

These Gummy Bear-Looking Things Will Inherit the Earth

Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are microscopic animals that live basically everywhere on earth, from the hot springs atop the Himalayas to the...
remote sensing

Model Fuses Social Media, Remote Sensing Data With Goal of Identifying...

A new computational model allows researchers to draw on normally incompatible data sets, such as satellite imagery and social media posts, to answer questions...
optical computing

Researchers Enable Transmission of Specific Colors of Light over Long Distances

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have reached a new milestone on the way to optical computing, or the use...
glioblastoma

Researchers Clarify Role of Mutations in Glioblastoma

Researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered how different mutations in a specific gene help drive glioblastoma, the...
genetic heart arrhythmia

Experts Reaffirm One Gene Associated with Heart Condition, Dispute 20 Previous...

Clinical laboratories often rely on medical articles and public information on gene disease associations in determining the genes to include on genetic testing panels...
retroreflector

New Tech Improves Ability to Reflect Sound Back to Its Source

Researchers have developed a device that reflects sound in the direction it came from, rather than deflecting it at an angle. The “retroreflector” can...
breast cancer

Higher Body Fat Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk in Younger...

While obesity has been shown to increase breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women, a large-scale study co-led by a University of North Carolina Lineberger...
gene expression

New Gene Expression Mechanism with Possible Role in Human Disease

When cells grow and divide to ensure a biological function – such as a properly working organ – DNA must be unwound from its...