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Climate change the likely killer of Australian marsupial lion

Oct. 19, 2018—The extinction of one of Australia’s top predators, the marsupial lion, was likely a result of changing weather patterns and loss of habitat rather than human impacts, a study led by Vanderbilt University paleontologist Larisa DeSantis has found.

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Grant enhances study of new chemotherapy targets

Oct. 19, 2018—Vanderbilt chemists have been awarded $7.2 million over the next five years from the National Cancer Institute to lead an initiative to better understand how a combination chemotherapy for breast cancer targets DNA.

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Center for Integrative and Cognitive neuroscience hosts workshop

Oct. 19, 2018—The Center for Integrative & Cognitive Neuroscience hosted the 6th Workshop on Computational Properties of Prefrontal Cortex.

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Vanderbilt Poll: Tennessee Senate race a toss-up; Lee in lead for governor

Oct. 18, 2018—New horse-race poll: Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn (R) is virtually tied with Phil Bredesen (D) at 43-44, while gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee (R) leads Democrat Karl Dean (D) 48-37.

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Targeting diabetic kidney disease

Oct. 16, 2018—Raymond Harris, Ming-Zhi Zhang and colleagues suggest pathways activated by the epidermal growth factor receptor may be promising targets for treating diabetic kidney disease.

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Asthma’s androgen connection

Oct. 16, 2018—New findings by Dawn Newcomb and colleagues suggest an explanation for why women are more prone to asthma than men.

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Cellular stress defense

Oct. 16, 2018—Research led by Sanjay Mishra, and colleagues suggests modular sHSP architecture contributes to the ability of heat-protective proteins to serve as chaperones for a range of unfolded proteins.

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Insulin accelerant

Oct. 16, 2018—Reducing nitric oxide helps insulin move more quickly through blood vessels, find David Wasserman and colleagues.

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Bradley Malin elected to National Academy of Medicine

Oct. 16, 2018—Bradley Malin, professor of biomedical informatics, biostatistics and computer science, is among 85 newly elected members of the National Academy of Medicine.

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Novel genetic study sheds new light on risk of heart attack

Oct. 11, 2018—Loss of a protein that regulates mitochondrial function can greatly increase the risk of a heart attack, report Eric Gamazon, Sandra Zinkel and graduate students Christie Salisbury-Ruf and Clinton Bertram in new research.

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Team’s study reveals hidden lives of medical biomarkers

Oct. 11, 2018—The hidden lives of medical biomarkers are the focus of a recent study in Nature Communications by Jonathan Mosley.

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Volcano researcher learns how Earth builds supereruption-feeding magma systems

Oct. 11, 2018—After studying layers of pumice, measuring the amount of crystals in the samples and using thermodynamic models, the team determined magma moved closer to the surface with each successive eruption.

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