March 12, 2012Discovery of Hair-Cell Roots Suggests the Brain Modulates Sound Sensitivity
The hair cells of the inner ear have a previously unknown “root” extension that may allow them to communicate with nerve cells and the brain to regulate sensitivity to sound vibrations and head position, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have discovered.
March 8, 2012Molecule’s Role in Cancer Suggests New Combination Therapy
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have found that a molecule found at elevated levels in cancer cells seems to protect them from the “cell-suicide” that is usually triggered by chemotherapy or radiation.
January 25, 2012Entry Point for Hepatitis C Infection Identified
A molecule embedded in the membrane of human liver cells that aids in cholesterol absorption also allows the entry of hepatitis C virus, the first step in hepatitis C infection, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.