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New discovery shows infection of the lungs can be caused by hybrid fungi

Jun. 4, 2020—A team of scientists at Vanderbilt has discovered the first known instance of a hybrid fungal species causing aspergillosis, an ensemble of different types of lung infections that often impacts immune-compromised people.

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New role for microtubules in diabetes

Jul. 29, 2019—Microtubules, part of the cell's cytoskeleton, regulate the secretion of insulin, suggesting that they may be a new target for treating diabetes.

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Premature infants in NICU do better with touch: study

Mar. 16, 2017—Treatment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) saves millions of infants born prematurely every year. But treatment is not without cost. Painful procedures such as needle pricks can impact early brain development.

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Motoring to the tips of the brush border

Oct. 6, 2016—New findings implicate a motor protein in the assembly of the brush border in the intestines and kidneys – a specialized surface that is critical for healthy organ function.

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A little spark for sharper sight

Jun. 30, 2016—Stimulating the brain with a mild electrical current can temporarily sharpen vision without glasses or contacts, Vanderbilt University researchers have found. (But please don't try this at home.)

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A clue to cell cleavage

Mar. 7, 2016—Actin and microtubule cytoskeletons are coordinated during cytokinesis – the process that separates one cell into two and is linked to events underlying cancer.

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Nerve cell remodelers

Sep. 18, 2015—Vanderbilt investigators have defined a gene expression program that controls the timing of synaptic remodeling – a process that is critical to brain development, learning and memory.

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Manager of mitotic stress

Dec. 13, 2013—The protein CK1 delays cell division to avoid the generation of defects that drive tumorigenesis.

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Motor protein revs up cell division

Jul. 29, 2013—A motor protein that helps drive cell division may be a promising new target for cancer therapeutics.

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Intestinal artillery launches anti-bacterial attack

May. 14, 2012—The epithelial cells that line the intestines have a newly discovered mechanism for protecting us against microbes: they fire anti-bacterial "bullets" into the gut.

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Revising the rules of perception

Jul. 29, 2010—The adult brain has more plasticity than previously thought The human brain never stops adapting to its environment in a constant quest to formulate what the mind perceives based on what the eyes see, according to findings from a research team that includes two Vanderbilt neuroscientists. The article, “Experience-driven plasticity in binocular vision,” is slated...

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