Archives de 22 avril 2008

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First Method For Testing, Assessing Drug Treatments For Chagas’ Disease Identified: (Apr. 22, 2008 8) — Chagas’ disease is a tropical parasitic sickness that currently affects more than 16 million people, with a staggering 100 million at risk, largely in the tropical areas of South and Central America. And yet the main drug used to treat the disease is highly toxic and causes serious side effects.

‘What Can I, Robot, Do With That?’: (Apr. 22, 2008 8) — A new approach to robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to a revolution in the field by shifting the focus from what a thing is to how it can be used.
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Inflammation Triggers Cell Fusions That Could Protect Neurons, Research Shows: (Apr. 22, 2008 8) — Chronic inflammation triggers bone marrow-derived blood cells to travel to the brain and fuse with a certain type of neuron up to 100 times more frequently than previously believed, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine

Researchers Identify New Class Of Photoreceptors, Pointing To New Ways Sights And Smells Are Regulated: (Apr. 22, 2008 8) — The identification of a new class of photoreceptors in the retina of fruit flies sheds light on the regulation of the pigments of the eye that confer color vision, researchers at New York University’s Center for Developmental Genetics report in a new study appearing in the Public Library of Science’s journal, PloS Biology. The findings, they write, may also have implications for the regulating of olfactory receptors, which are responsible for the detection of smells, because both types of receptors belong to the same protein family.


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