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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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Don’t like your five-star hotel? Try quarantining 20th century style – Sydney Morning Herald

A very elaborate system awaited new arrivals when they landed on our shores.

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‘Welcome to North Head. We are sorry that your arrival in Sydney has been delayed by 40 days. Please place your suitcase on this trolley and it will be taken on the funicular track to be steam de-sanitised through the autoclave. After medical examination by our doctor you will be required to proceed to the shower complex.”
Such was the welcome for passengers disembarking at the Manly Quarantine Station in the 1920s. There was a surprise at t…

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Coping with COVID-19 need not derail progress against rabies – The Conversation Africa

The world is in the grip of a new pandemic which sets back the fight against rabies.

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Before the emergence of the newest animal-borne disease, COVID-19, the world was in the last mile of eliminating one of the oldest animal-borne diseases rabies.
For around 4,000 years, humanity has been contending with this infectious disease. Rabies has the highest case fatality rate of any conventional infectious agent at close to 100%. And it is almost always transmitted to people through bites from infected dogs.
A vaccine for dogs was developed as early as 1799. Widespread vaccination and…

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Covid’s second coming: how did Britain get back in this mess? – The Guardian

Some nations have suppressed the virus. Others have stabilised their outbreaks. In the UK, infections are soaring again. Why?

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It is the kind of scene that is now a distant memory in the UK. Some 6,000 miles away, Taipeis Pawnshop club is crammed every Friday and Saturday evening with sweaty crowds dancing under wreaths of smoke, and jostling each other at the bar for drinks.
Here, the only reminders of coronavirus are on the door, where punters have their temperatures checked and scan a QR code to enter their contact details.
Taiwans strict coronavirus controls means only citizens, long-term residents and travellers …

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