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An obscure family of viruses, already endemic in wild African primates and known to cause fatal Ebola-like symptoms in some monkeys, is “poised for spillover” to humans, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research.
- NIH/National Institutes of Health
A newly identified set of molecules alleviated pain in mice while avoiding the sedating affect that limits the use of opiates, according to a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. The molecules act on the same receptor as clonidine and dexmedetomidine—drugs commonly used in hospitals as sedatives—but are chemically unrelated to them and may not be addictive.
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DFG, NIH/National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Institutes of Health
An international collaboration between musicians and birdsong scientists has found that in the Australian pied butcherbird songs surveyed, the order of song elements is strongly related to rhythmical timing.
- Royal Society Open Science
- Australian Research Council, NIH/National Institutes of Health, Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny, Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute
Researchers show for the first time that the neurohormone oxytocin has a previously unsuspected function in both zebrafish and human cell cultures: it stimulates mature cells in the epicardium of the heart to become stem cells, which can replace heart cells lost after damage. This discovery could one day be used to stimulate the regeneration of the human heart after a heart attack.
- Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
- NIH/National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, Spectrum-MSU Foundation