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Anti-anxiety drug ameliorates autistic behaviors in mice

Increasing cell signals that put the brake on excitatory brain cells reduces repetitive behaviors and learning problems and improves social interactions in a mouse model of autism. This was achieved with a low dose of benzodiazipine, a common anti-anxiety, anti-seizure medication.

How living cells solved a needle in a haystack problem to generate electrical signals

Filtered from a vast sodium sea, more than 1 million calcium ions per second gush through our cells’ pores to generate charges