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Anencephaly (Open Skull): A rare genetic condition

Anencephaly is a rare neural tube defect, characterized by abnormal development of the brain or the skull. Infants with this condition are usually born without a forebrain and cerebrum.  Anencephaly also known as the open skull is a term used…

Respiratory failure during COVID-19 could be linked to certain genetic variants

Using data from genome-wide association study, experts speculate that gene variants encoding blood types and a multidisciplinary chromosome 3 could be the reason behind respiratory failure during COVID-19. Though it’s been several months since its first case, COVID-19 still manages…

COVID-19: Can a novel flu drug be the breakthrough we all need?

With certain COVID-19 symptoms resembling the common flu, experts wonder if a new anti-flu drug- Baloxavir may be the solution we have all been waiting for.  The entire world is currently battling against COVID-19, as the number of confirmed cases…

Researcher suggests GABA is the key to metamorphosis

Tsukuba, Japan – Metamorphosis, or a dramatic change in physical appearance, is a normal part of the life cycle of many animals, carried out to take advantage of different ecological niches. Yet the process of metamorphosis–how a caterpillar becomes a…

New study finds evidence for reduced brain connections in schizophrenia

Advances in scanning have allowed researchers for the first time to show lower levels of a protein found in the connections between neurons in the living brains of people with schizophrenia. The researchers, who conducted the scans at the psychiatric…

NCCS Scientists captured 3D Structure of GluD1-Subtype Glutamate Receptor

New structures reveal a novel architecture of an important brain receptor involved in several key brain functions and implicated in multiple neuronal disorders including schizophrenia, cognitive deficits, and cerebral ataxia. National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) researchers have captured the…

Bone Morphogenetic Protein

BMP is a growth factor which is widely known to play role in bone formation. It is a cytokine or a metabologen which participates in various metabolic pathways and helps maintaining homeostasis.