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A New Species of Small Mammal Was Found In Yunnan, China

  Mammalogists from the Kunming Institute of Zoology, CAS have discovered a new shrew species, and revalidated the species status of another one in Yunnan, China. The study is now published in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society entitled Integrative systematic analyses of the genus Chodsigoa (Mammalia: Eulipotyphla: Soricidae), with descriptions of new species”.
  Shrews in the genu... more
Ant eavesdropping leads to arms race between predator and prey

  Foraging in termites, and in most ants, is a collective task during which the risk of predation is high. While basic chemical and primary behavioral analyses have shown that ants may detect termite trail and colony odors as well as termite alarm pheromones, the detection of termites by ants through eavesdropping remains less well understood.
  Researchers from Kunming Institute of Zoolog... more
Researchers Decipher Bingpian-induced Analgesia

  Bingpian is a time-honored herb in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and has been used for millennia in clinical applications in China. Natural bingpian is a resin obtained from Cinnamomum trees and is almost a pure chemical. Its chemical composition is (+)-borneol, which is a bicyclic monoterpene. In TCM, topical application of bingpian is used to treat pain and swelling. However, few cl... more
Scientists Found Metformin Suppressed Triple-negative Breast Cancer Stem Cells

  Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and a leading cause of cancer death in women. Breast cancer could be divided into four subtypes: Luminal A, Luminal B, HER2, and Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). TNBC, accounts for around 15% of all breast cancer cases, is an aggressive and heterogeneous disease with poor prognosis and the shortest survival rate because of no targete... more
Scientists Reveal a Novel Strategy and Effector Molecule to Protect Host Against Intracellular Pathogens

  Intracellular pathogens, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, can exploit various strategies to adapt or modify the cellular environment to escape from host immune defense. Many intracellular pathogens exploit cellular endocytic organelles to invade the host cell and have adapted to the intracellular drop in pH along the endocytic pathway to establish their niches and/or to activate pene... more
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