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Author: Leigh MacMillan

Cells open doors for reovirus

May. 13, 2011—The cellular factor Src helps reoviruses enter cells.

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Ecstasy associated with chronic change in brain function

May. 5, 2011—Recreational Ecstasy use is associated with a chronic change in brain function, raising concerns about proposals to use it to treat post-traumatic stress and other disorders.

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Gene variant impacts exercise blood pressure

Apr. 28, 2011—Subtle genetic changes can have big effects on blood pressure while exercising.

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Fishing for a new model of tuberous sclerosis complex

Apr. 27, 2011—A zebrafish model of the genetic disease tuberous sclerosis complex will speed new discoveries.

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Evolution points to genes involved in birth timing

Apr. 19, 2011—Researchers have identified a gene associated with accelerated evolution in humans that may increase some women's risk to deliver their baby prematurely.

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Potassium channel gene modifies epilepsy risk

Apr. 18, 2011—The discovery of a new gene that can influence a person's risk for developing epilepsy could improve diagnostic tools and open the door for new therapies.

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Dialing down the mercury

Apr. 14, 2011—Antioxidant compounds may counteract the neurotoxic effects of methylmercury, new research suggests.

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Gene ups risk for needing pacemaker

Apr. 1, 2011—Researchers have identified a gene that increases the risk for developing sick sinus syndrome – the most common cause for implanting a cardiac pacemaker.

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Grant bolsters molecular imaging resource

Apr. 1, 2011—Vanderbilt has received a $10.3 million federal grant to establish a national research resource for mass spectometry.

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Smell test tells disorders apart

Mar. 17, 2011—Patients with certain autonomic nervous system disorders have impaired odor identification, which could aid in diagnosis.

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Chasing Foxd3’s role in stem cells

Mar. 4, 2011—Researchers use genetic manipulations in mice and single-cell analyses to help explain stem cell regulation.

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Worm gene function? Check the map.

Mar. 3, 2011—New gene expression atlas created for roundworms provides a basis for establishing roles for individual genes in the development of specific cell types.

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