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Could regulators of the immune system have a role in schizophrenia?

Could regulators of the immune system have a role in schizophrenia?

BiomedicineNeurobiology

By Invited Researcher

In a new publication led by Dr. Albert Giralt, the researchers discovered the interaction between a transcription factor identified as “Helios” and a protein called “WDFY1” that could help elucidate the link between immunity and schizophrenia . Schizophrenia is an incurable mental illness characterized by relapsing episodes of psychosis. This disorder affects approximately 1% of […]

Human Accelerated Regions: What makes us human?

Human Accelerated Regions: What makes us human?

Neurobiology

By Invited Researcher

What differentiates us from our closest relatives and how are these differences caused? Scientists are trying to answer this question by comparing the genomic information of us and our closest relatives. Yet, we are far from having a genomic explanation that justifies the observed phenotypic differences. Human Accelerated Regions (HARs) However, some findings bring us […]

Bees seeking bacteria: How bees find their microbiome

Bees seeking bacteria: How bees find their microbiome

BiologyMicrobiology

By Invited Researcher

In late summer last year my doctor prescribed a monthlong course of antibiotics for an infection. Medicines like antibiotics are great at wiping out bacterial infections. The problems is that these drugs don’t differentiate between eliminating the “good” bacteria that may benefit our health and the “bad” bacteria causing infection. I was absolutely miserable and […]

Cyclodextrin-based nanosponges as a complexating agent: application in oxyresveratrol complexes

Cyclodextrin-based nanosponges as a complexating agent: application in oxyresveratrol complexes

Biochemistry

By Invited Researcher

Dip. Di Chemica, Università di Torino, via P. Giuria 7, 10125, Torino, Italy * adrian.matencioduran@unito.it The last articles of one of us (Matencio) [1,2,3,4] were about the different uses of a complexing agent called cyclodextrin (CD), a torus-shaped oligosaccharide made up of α-(1,4) linked glucose units, the most common CDs being α, β and γ-CD […]

Newspaper headlines influence online news search and engagement

Newspaper headlines influence online news search and engagement

Sociology

By Invited Researcher

Author: Martha Villabona works at Centro Nacional de Innovación e Investigación Educativa (CNIIE) of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, where she coordinates the area of multiple literacies. In the digital world, news are multiplying and causing readers to only choose those headlines that most interest them. This does not happen randomly or […]