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MonthFebruary 2016

New ‘nanoneedles’ puncture cell membrane to release payload on command.

Synthetic biology uses natural molecules and assembles them into a system that acts unnaturally.  The ability to control the transfer of molecules through cellular membranes is an important function in … Continue Reading New ‘nanoneedles’ puncture cell membrane to release payload on command.

Study finds neurons in gut regulate the immune system to control inflammation.

The immune system exercises constant vigilance to protect the body from external threats, including what the person eats and drinks. A careful balancing act plays out as digested food travels … Continue Reading Study finds neurons in gut regulate the immune system to control inflammation.

Schizophrenia linked to loss of cells in brain’s memory centre for the first time.

Scientists have long speculated that schizophrenia, which affects about 1 in every 100 adults worldwide, originates in part in the hippocampus, the brain’s headquarters for memory and spatial navigation. As … Continue Reading Schizophrenia linked to loss of cells in brain’s memory centre for the first time.