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May 14, 2017
Oregon researchers identify hormone that is key to brain development in fruit flies
University of Oregon researchers using Drosophila have identified a steroid hormone that triggers a vital transition in early brain development in which neural stem cells properly change gears to produce different kinds of neurons.

Natural defense mechanism preventing cancer at the earliest stage
A new study shows cells in the initial stage of cancer change their metabolism before getting eliminated by the surrounding normal cells, providing a novel target for developing cancer prevention drugs.

Market pressures and inadequate production are hampering access to essential antibiotics
Antibiotics used to treat a variety of common bacterial infections are becoming more difficult to access, mostly because the drugs are less profitable for manufacturers to produce and market.

Tibetan Alpine grasslands threatened by climate warming
The researchers from Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that the stability of the grasslands was affected not by the richness of plant species, but by the effects on dominant species and the asynchrony of the species.

Veterans with PTSD have an increased 'fight or flight' response
Young veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have an increased 'fight or flight' response during mental stress, according to new findings published this week in The Journal of Physiology.

Cutting-edge analysis reveals how different drugs interact with the same target
Osaka University-led researchers identified differences in how three drugs bind to tumor necrosis factor, a key mediator of inflammatory disease.
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