Novel Genetic Mechanism for Parkinson's Disease Discovered

Author: Madeleine Jepsen

A new mechanism for Parkinson's disease has recently been proposed by researchers studying the TMEM230 gene. This gene, which is involved in the transportation of neurotransmitters, is the first in its class to be implicated in the disease. The discovery has opened a new window for potential treatment options for those living with the disease.

A Web of a Response: Spiders toxins used to elucidate pain

Author:  Eleanor Sheekay

A recent study published in Nature reveals the role of a voltage gated sodium ion (Nav) channel in the mechanical pain response. The study was conducted using toxins collected from the arachnid Heteroscodra maculata, the 5-inch arboreal tarantula notable for its chalky white stripes and thick rear legs. H. maculata transmits two potent toxins—Hm1a and Hm1b—to prey through its powerful bite.