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This is What Tasting Looks Like

Dr. Seok-Hyun (Andy) Yun from the Wellman Center of Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital was part of a global team of researchers that was able to observe live taste buds in action for the first time using a specially designed microscope system operated by Dr. Yun and his laboratory team. The study revealed that rather ...

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MGH/MIT Study Identifies Neurons Important for Inductions of Natural REM Sleep

A joint research team from Mass General and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) may be one step closer to understanding the science of sleep. Using a scanning method that can activate light-sensitive proteins, the researchers found that the activation of cholinergic neurons (those that release the neurotransmitter acetylcholine) in two structures of the brain stem are key to inducing REM ...

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A New Way to Screen for Cancer That’s as Easy as Swallowing a Pill

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed an innovative new way to capture microscopic images of the esophagus using a capsule-sized, light-based imaging tool. This new method, which is currently being tested in clinical trials, could make it possible to screen millions of patients for precursors to esophageal cancer at a fraction of the current cost.

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Protein that Repels Immune Cells Protects Transplanted Pancreatic Islets from Rejection

A new gel-based capsule solution may hold the key to successfully transplanting insulin-producing islet cells into patients with Type 1 diabetes without the need for immunosuppressive drugs. A Mass General research study has found that by encapsulating the insulin-producing islets in gel capsules that are infused with a protein to repel key immune cells, the islet cells were protected from ...

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