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Altering the ‘Flavor’ of Humans Could Help Fight Malaria
A new study suggests that a specialized area of the mosquito brain mixes tastes with smells to create unique and preferred flavors. This findings may advance the possibility of identifying a substance that makes “human flavor” repulsive to the malaria-bearing species of mosquitoes.


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New Evidence May Explain Sex Difference in Knee Injury Rates
In studies on rats, scientists report new evidence that the predominance of the hormone testosterone in males may explain why women are up to 10 times more likely than men to injure the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in their knees.


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Sugar Transforms a Traditional Chinese Medicine into a Cruise Missile
Researchers report that the antigrowth activity of the small molecule triptolide  is vastly improved by the chemical attachment of glucose to the triptolide molecule. The chemical add-on essentially turns the molecule into a “cruise missile” that preferentially seeks out cancer cells. 

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The Brain Uses Backward Instant Replays to Remember Important Travel Routes
Researchers believe they have figured out how some mammals’ brains solve certain navigational problems. If there’s a “reward” at the end of the trip, specialized neurons in the hippocampus of the brain “replay” the route taken to get it, but backward.


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New Evidence: How Amino Acid Cysteine Combats Huntington’s Disease
Researchers  have identified a biochemical pathway linking oxidative stress and the amino acid cysteine in Huntington’s disease. The findings provide a mechanism through which oxidative stress specifically damages nerve cells in Huntington’s disease, an inherited and fatal neurodegenerative disorder.


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