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Scripps research team sheds light on long-sought cold sensation gene

...sensation, while the acetone caused normal mice to flick their paw and lick them. TRPM8 codes for an ion channel found at the tips of sensory neurons, which innervate the skin. When opened, ions flowing through TRPM8 lead to the activation of the sensory neuron, which in turn sends a signal to the brain...

Scientists find potential 'off-switch' for HIV virus

...e to deactivate such viruses indefinitely with the flick of a genetic switch. Princeton scientists Leor Weinberger and Thomas Shenk hope their work will illuminate the processes by which human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other viruses transition into dormant phases in their hosts. The researchers ha...

Fruit fly aggression studies have relevance to humans, animals

...er of times a focal fly would chase, kick, box, or flick his wings at other flies. "Some animals will very vigorously defend their little food patch, whereas others are relatively polite," Mackay said. "To determine if this had a genetic basis, we conducted a selection experiment." For the selection exp...

'Scent of a woman' tells male redback spiders to find a mate

...r up to eight hours -- and displeased females will flick males away or even off the web. The female, who produces a batch of 100 to 300 eggs every month, will mate with only one or two males, and the first male will get up to 90 to 100 per cent of the fertilization for that female. "This provides a really...

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