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Oxytocin: Not just for women

Oxytocin: Not just for women

Discover how a previously considered maternal hormone, oxytocin, actually plays an important role in fathers as well.

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Q&A: Why is Sleep Important?

Q&A: Why is Sleep Important?

Sleep is key to our survival and well-being, but the exact reasons for its existence are unclear. Much research focuses on the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis, a proposed mechanism that balances synaptic growth and shrinkage to prevent brain damage and support learning.

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Q&A: Why did turtles come out of their shells?

Q&A: Why did turtles come out of their shells?

A study in Switzerland challenges our most basic understanding of the turtle, suggesting that it evolved head retraction as a means of predation rather than protection.

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No Cell Left Behind: Mapping the Human Body

No Cell Left Behind: Mapping the Human Body

Researchers at the Weizmann Institute have drawn a cellular map of the liver, bringing us one step closer to knowing where each of our 37 trillion cells lies in our bodies.

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Sex-Switching Frogs

Sex-Switching Frogs

Is road salt as safe as it seems? Researchers found that the salt is changing sex ratios in frogs, causing permanent alterations in the populations.

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Forgetting Cocaine

Forgetting Cocaine

A new Yale study has found a drug that helps rats block memories associated with cocaine.

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Deadlier Diseases

Deadlier Diseases

Yale Professor Paul Turner’s lab investigated the effect of rates of environmental change on virus mutation. The study results contribute to knowledge that will ultimately help scientists predict virus evolution and disease emergence, potentially preventing outbreaks and saving lives.

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A “Beta” Way to Treat Type I Diabetes: A Sweet Discovery

A “Beta” Way to Treat Type I Diabetes: A Sweet Discovery

Diabetes is caused by the immune system’s attack on its own beta cells. Yale researchers have uncovered a population of beta cells resistant to these immune attacks, providing hope for those with Type I diabetes.

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It’s Not Just in Your Head

It’s Not Just in Your Head

Yale researchers have discovered a method of identifying prenatally damaged neurons that become susceptible to mental disorders after birth.

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If It’s Broke, Don’t Fix It: Curing Brain Cancer by Preventing DNA Repair

If It’s Broke, Don’t Fix It: Curing Brain Cancer by Preventing DNA Repair

Broken DNA can put us on the path towards fixing cancer. Research by Peter Glazer and Ranjit Bindra of the Yale Cancer Center suggests that carcinogenic mutations most current therapies aim to repair can instead serve as selecting agents for better drug targeting with DNA repair inhibitors.

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