In 1900, German physician Paul Ehrlich came up with the idea of a “magic bullet.” The concept was to inject a patient with smart particles capable of finding, recognizing, and treating disease. Medical science has pursued the magic bullet ever since. Russian researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Prokhorov General Physics… Read more

Evidence that a common neurotransmitter can selectively regulate the excitability of neurons has been uncovered by an international research collaboration. The researchers were investigating gamma-aminobutyric acid, known as GABA, the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the human brain. “We were using computer models from the Blue Brain Project, which predicted that GABA could be having two… Read more

A protein in the membrane of our sensory neurons is involved in our capacity to feel mechanical pain, according to a new study. The finding lays the foundation for the development of powerful new analgesic drugs, researchers report. The research is the first to show that TACAN, a highly conserved protein among vertebrates whose function… Read more

Viruses interact with proteins in the biological fluids of their host which results in a layer of proteins on the viral surface, research from Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet shows. This coat of proteins makes the virus more infectious and facilitates the formation of plaques characteristic of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. “Imagine a… Read more

So, you’re thinking about using a commercial DNA testing kit! You’re not alone. Tens of millions of people have already spit into a little vial and mailed it away to a company promising to tell them where their ancestors are from, to show them cousins they didn’t know they had, and to explain once and… Read more