Mongoose and nAChR

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Have you ever wondered why mongooses are not afraid of snakes? In fact, mongooses have developed resistance to alpha-neurotoxins via specific mutations in their nAChRs, so that alpha-neurotoxins no longer bind these receptors.

Vampire_bat

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One interesting peculiarity of vampire bats is that they can detect hot spots on their prey where blood flows close to the skin. So, how do vampire bats find these hot spots?

parkinsons

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Although ion channels might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about genes implicated in Parkinson’s development and progression, several recent studies have identified one particularly interesting ion channel as a genetic risk factor in about 20% of cases of Parkinson’s disease.

venusflytrap

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How does the Venus flytrap know when a fly has landed on it? Well, not surprisingly, ion channels play a leading role here.

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Ion channels perform real magic by enabling cells to control other cells from a distance, much like magicians who move objects on the stage without physical contact.

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How many rare diseases are related to ion channels? I used data from OrphaData.com to figure it out.

neuro

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Today is SCN8A Awareness Day, so let's take a deeper look at SCN8A channel (Nav1.6) and find out what makes it so special.

laugh

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February 8 is Laugh And Get Rich Day. So, I looked through Pubmed to find out how ion channels are related to laughter.

rose

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Read how one tiny but mighty ion channel can keep us from enjoying the scent of roses.

sushi

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When we eat it, wasabi primarily burns the nose and upper throat, while chili pepper mostly burns the tongue and mouth. Do you know why?

fondue

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Do you know why hot chocolate tastes sweeter than cold chocolate? Because of ... obviously, ion channels.

bird chili peppers

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One interesting fact about birds is that they are insensitive to “hot” chili peppers.

crowd

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Discover the platforms for crowdfunding scientific research in this article.

pipe

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Discover different meaning of the word "channel" here.

ion road sign

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Outside of science, many people have a completely different idea of what an "ion" actually means.

tulips

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The paper on patch-clamping by Erwin Neher and Bert Sakmann (1976) has been selected as 1 out of 10 extraordinary Nature papers.

metallic keys

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The patch-clamp technique has been described by Nature journal as “a breakthrough method that became vital to neuroscience”.