eLife Episode 6: Bacteria and Rheumatoid Arthritis
In this episode of the eLife podcast we discuss doing protein crystallography with electrons, the discovery of a receptor for carbon dioxide, new insights into arthritis, how the brain responds to a missing hand, and the best shape for whiskers.
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Very cold, weak electron beams have been used to collect large numbers of diffraction patterns from protein microcrystals.
A nerve cell connexin can detect carbon dioxide, and could be involved in processes as diverse as breathing, hearing and reproduction.
The gut microbiota of patients with rheumatoid arthritis is enriched in microbes belonging to the Prevotella genus.
Individuals with missing hands, the brain area responsible for the absent hand learns to control the remaining hand or the residual limb...
Conical whiskers allow mammals that live in tunnels and other enclosed spaces to learn more about their surroundings.