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Posts From Conor Johnson

The Promise of GABA: New therapeutic molecules found to treat cognitive decline and depression

The Promise of GABA: New therapeutic molecules found to treat cognitive decline and depression

Drugs that treat diseases of the brain are notoriously difficult to create. The first bar­rier to the development of these drugs is physical—the blood-brain barrier (BBB) acts as a bouncer for the brain, filtering all blood flowing in. The second

Real-Life Lightsabers

Real-Life Lightsabers

Interacting photons could make this Star Wars fantasy  a reality As you read this sentence, infinitesimally small particles of light are bouncing around at infinitely fast speeds, transferring these words you see on the magazine page or mobile screen directly

Destroying Viruses: A New Protein Could Unlock the Key to Curing Respiratory and Mosquito-Borne Viruses

Destroying Viruses: A New Protein Could Unlock the Key to Curing Respiratory and Mosquito-Borne Viruses

Despite advances in modern medicine, many respiratory and mosquito-borne viruses still have few treatment options. SPCA1, a calcium transporter required in the viral life cycle, may be a potential target to eliminate viruses such as RSV, Zika, and West Nile.

Upgrading CO2

Upgrading CO2

As global warming accelerates, researchers are exploring methods to mitigate these effects, such as changing carbon dioxide into more useful reactions. Yueshen Wu, a PhD student at Yale, invented a new method of converting carbon dioxide into a useful chemical feedstock.