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Gateway receptor for SARS-CoV-2 helps explain variability of COVID-19
A wide variety of symptoms and organs are involved in SARS-CoV-2 infection. This phenomenon could be explained by the distribution of the virus's gateway receptor, which is found in tissues throughout the body. Characterization of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 expression is detailed in a recent Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology article.  Discuss
Virtual framework provides unprecedented detail of the heart
Researchers have created a comprehensive map of cardiac neurons at the cellular scale that allows for gene expression data to be superimposed, giving insight into the functional roles of specific neuron clusters. The work was published in iScience on May 26.  Discuss
Scientists alter cell function with genetic engineering, polymer science
A new method called genetically targeted chemical assembly (GTCA) has demonstrated the ability to build artificial structures within the body to carry out unique functions. The research, presented in the latest edition of Science, provides compelling evidence for GTCA's ability to modify cell function with bioengineering tools.  Discuss
Cryo-EM sheds light on ion channel regulation
A long-standing hypothesis about the regulation of ion channels has been confirmed by cryoelectron microscopy (cryo-EM) imaging. The research presented in Nature on March 18 advances the basic understanding of key cellular processes that can be leveraged for a number of therapeutic and research applications.  Discuss
Glia-to-neuron conversion gene therapy can treat Huntington's disease
Using adeno-associated virus technology, researchers have developed a novel gene therapy that can regenerate functional neurons in mouse models of Huntington's disease. The work was published in Nature Communications on February 27.  Discuss
Brain's immune system blocks blood immune cells from healing spinal injuries
Molecular and computational analysis of immune responses in the central nervous system reveals that the brain's immune system may prevent blood immune cells from entering a lesion site after injury. The research, published online in Science Advances on January 15, may offer new avenues to treat certain neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and spinal cord injury.  Discuss
Scientists in the Lab: Featuring Rebecca Fleeman
This month, ScienceBoard is featuring scientists in the laboratory to celebrate their important contributions to the scientific community. We are excited to introduce our first featured scientist of this month, Rebecca Fleeman of Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.  Discuss
Researchers explore the role of circular DNA in deadly childhood cancer
Researchers from Charité - University Medicine Berlin and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York combine genomic and transcriptomic approaches to describe the landscape of extrachromosomal circular DNA in neuroblastoma. The work was published in Nature Genetics on December 16.  Discuss
Scientists develop a first-of-its-kind in vitro 3D neural tissue model
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have successfully used stem cells to engineer nerve tissues as 3D models of neural networks to study brain function. The work was published in the December 3 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Discuss
Scientists identify chaperones as potential therapies for Parkinson's disease
Researchers from the University of Basel have identified the malfunctional relationship and master regulatory mechanisms between chaperone proteins and α-Synuclein occurring in Parkinson's disease. The findings were published in Nature on December 4.  Discuss
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