Science news: Aug 2014

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Mapping connections in the brain to understand visual processing

Researchers have made inroads into understanding cell connections in a part of the brain called the neocortex, shedding light on how visual processing occurs in the brain.
28 August 2014

Researchers grow ‘seed’ of spinal cord tissue in a dish

Researchers have for the first time turned stem cells into the specialised cells that go on to form spinal cord, muscle and bone tissue.
26 August 2014

For polio, two vaccines are better than one

Using both live and inactivated polio vaccines could help speed the global eradication of polio.
22 August 2014

New research shows seals and sea lions likely spread tuberculosis to humans

Tuberculosis is likely to have spread from humans in Africa to seals and sea lions that brought the disease to South America.
20 August 2014

Toxic proteins implicated in frontotemporal dementia and motor neurone disease

A specific genetic mutation may damage nerve cells in frontotemporal dementia and motor neurone disease.
11 August 2014

How immune protein differentiates between own RNA and virus RNA

Understanding how an immune protein recognises separate families of RNA viruses is hoped to lead to the design of new immune drugs.
10 August 2014

Molecular gate could keep cancer cells locked up

New research uncovers the location of a ‘molecular gate’ that opens up to embrace DNA during cell division, providing a potential target for new cancer treatments.
01 August 2014