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Study investigates the ability of Connexin to control breathing – News-Medical.net

The protein Connexin 26 has been previously identified as being directly sensitive to Carbon dioxide and linked to conditions such as KIDS syndrome and deafness.

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The protein Connexin 26 has been previously identified as being directly sensitive to Carbon dioxide and linked to conditions such as KIDS syndrome and deafness.
Thanks to a £686,956grant from the BBSRC, researchers from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick will investigate the role of Connexin 26 (Cx26) in the control of breathing
They will highlight whether carriers of certain mutations of Cx26 are more likely to suffer from a reduced respiratory drive, and ability to reg…

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Twitter bots have limited success spreading anti-vaccination messages – The Guardian

A study of millions of tweets finds Twitter users rarely see or retweet vaccine misinformation generated by bots

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Twitter users rarely see or retweet anti-vaccination content generated by bots, a study of millions of tweets found, suggesting the role of bots in spreading vaccine misinformation is limited.
The study was led by the University of Sydneys associate professor Adam Dunn, who said despite growing concern about the influence of bots in spreading misinformation, they appeared to be ineffective when it came to influencing discourse around vaccines.
Dunn said while many previous studies into bots ex…

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Covid-19 vaccine alone won’t defeat spread of virus, report warns – The Guardian

Issues over production, efficacy and public trust mean restrictions may be needed for some time

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A successful vaccine for Covid-19 will not conquer the spread of the virus alone, with restrictions on daily life likely to continue for some time, a team of experts have said.
Hundreds of teams of researchers around the world are working to produce a vaccine against the coronavirus, with 11 currently in phase three human trials. The UK government has reserved access to six potential vaccines and has raised hopes that a vaccine could be on the cards by spring next year.
A report from a multidi…

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How did coronavirus end up in a Whitsundays sewage treatment plant when nobody is sick? – ABC News

There has been no community transmission of the coronavirus for three weeks, so how could the virus be found living in a waste treatment plant in the Whitsunday…

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A walk-in COVID-19 testing clinic has reopened at Airlie Beach this morning after scientists found more traces of the deadly coronavirus in sewage samples.
Key points:

  • The Cannonvale sewage treatment plant has been a source of constant surprises
  • Experts say it is a mystery where virus fragments came from
  • Results do not necessarily mean there are active cases in the area

With no cases of community transmission recorded since September 10, Queenslanders are bei…

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