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Common flame retardant chemicals cause mice offspring to develop diabetes

IFL SCIENCE -- Chemicals commonly used in flame retardants can lead to diabetes in the offspring of female mice exposed to them, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. The substances are known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). For the study, the scientists exposed mice to low levels of PBDEs during their pregnancy and...

AI-based method predicts smell of chemicals

AZOROBOTICS -- With the help of machine learning, two scientists from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) have effectively interpreted the smell of chemicals—a breakthrough study that could prove useful in the fragrance and food flavor sectors. "We now can use artificial intelligence to predict how any chemical is going to smell to humans. Chemicals...

Professor honored for Academic Senate service

Manuela Martins-Green, chair of the Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology at UC Riverside, has received the 2020 Oliver Johnson Award for Distinguished Leadership in the Academic Senate. The award is the highest honor given out by the University of California, bestowed biennially to a member of the UC faculty who has performed outstanding...
By Iqbal Pittalwala | Inside UCR |

Why some drugs work and others don’t in treating neurological disorders

Neuromodulatory systems in the brain heavily influence behavioral and cognitive processes. Understanding how these systems modulate perceptual behavior is a crucial steppingstone toward unraveling their roles in brain functions. One particular neuromodulatory system is the noradrenergic system. Dysfunction of this system is linked to several neurological disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic...
By Iqbal Pittalwala | Inside UCR |

Manipulating mosquito behavior through their odorant receptors

UC Riverside researchers have published a paper in Cell Reports that addresses an important question in the field of sensory receptor function, particularly for some odorant receptors that function as “heteromers” — receptors with more than one subunit: How do the different subunits of a receptor contribute to the detection of different ligands? Ligands are...
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