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Frog fungus fights back

May. 15, 2019—Louise Rollins-Smith and colleagues have discovered a new way that a deadly fungus evades frogs' immune systems.

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Dynamic basement membranes

May. 9, 2019—Basement membranes are important structural and functional components of tissues. New research provides insight into how they repair themselves.

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Blueprint for rebuilding the heart

May. 9, 2019—New findings may speed progress toward programming cells to rebuild damaged hearts more quickly.

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Researchers find high-risk genes for schizophrenia

Apr. 18, 2019—Using a unique computational framework they developed, a team of scientist cyber-sleuths in the Vanderbilt University Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute has identified 104 high-risk genes for schizophrenia.

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Indicators of despair rising among Gen X-ers entering middle age

Apr. 15, 2019—In 2016, a surprising decline in life expectancy was ascribed to "deaths of despair" among working-class middle-aged white men displaced by a changing economy. However, new research shows indicators of despair are rising among Americans approaching middle age regardless of race, education and gender.

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How bugs overcome host defenses

Apr. 12, 2019—Eric Skaar and colleagues have figured out how a common bug responsible for ventilator-associated pneumonia responds when starved of zinc, a metal it needs to survive, which may lead to new therapeutic targets for the dangerous infection.

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Discovery aids search for cancer biomarkers

Apr. 12, 2019—A report by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has shattered conventional wisdom about how cells, including cancer cells, shed DNA into the bloodstream.

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The arrestin-GPCR connection

Apr. 12, 2019—Vsevolod Gurevich and colleagues have discovered new insights into arrestin proteins, which turn off a cell's environmental message "inbox."

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Pathways of radiosensitization

Apr. 12, 2019—Austin Kirschner and colleagues are learning more about how the cancer drug enzalutamide combines with radiation therapy to treat difficult prostate tumors.

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Webinar on engaging with federal government for early career researchers is April 15

Apr. 7, 2019—An April 15 webinar designed for early career investigators will highlight opportunities at key agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Department of Defense. The event will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Baker Building, Room 800C.

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Drug interaction causes hypotension

Apr. 4, 2019—A commonly used muscle relaxant can cause severely low blood pressure in patients already taking a CYP1A2 inhibitor, such as ciprofloxacin, find Cecilia Chung and colleagues.

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Cardiac dysfunction in Duchenne’s

Apr. 4, 2019—Jonathan Soslow and colleagues have found more clues to why people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy are at risk for a certain kind of heart problem.

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