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Impaired cellular force transmission a cause for valvular heart disease

About three per cent of the world’s population is affected by valvular heart diseases. It is also the most common cause of heart surgery, as no drug-based treatment is available. Recent research has shed light on the molecular mechanism on valvular disease that is caused by a genetic mutation in Filamin gene. The result of the research will help to further investigate the mechanism by which the medical condition progress and to develop new treatments.

Sex in a world of fear: scared rodents produce more offspring

Rodent mothers produce more offspring after smelling odors produced by frightened males. This is reported by a team of biologists from Finland and the Netherlands and bring new information the proximate and ultimate explanations of small mammal behavioral responses.

New information to understand regulation of muscle function in muscle dystrophy patients

Scientists from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, have found new functions and structural details of muscle attachment structures. The research is important for the basic understanding of regulation of muscle function for instance in muscle dystrophy patients and muscle adaptation to physical activity and sports.

The world with moth and bird eyes

Professor Johanna Mappes and postdoctoral researcher Bibiana Rojas Zuluaga from Department of Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland participated in international collaboration and researched how the wood tiger moths see the world with moth and bird eyes.

Tick-borne disease is not just Lyme

A study recently published in Scientific Reports discovered that 65% of Lyme disease patients irrespective of their disease stage respond to several microbes. As a consequence, the authors have demonstrated that microbial infections in individuals suffering from Lyme disease do not follow the "one microbe, one disease" status-quo. Moreover, the probability that Lyme disease patients would respond to multiple microbes associated with the tick-borne disease is an astounding 85 %.

Nano becomes visible in Finland, 9.–10.10.2018

The Nanoscience Center of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, organizes the international Nanoscience Days conference on 9th – 10th of October 2018 in Jyväskylä. A traditional event organized more than ten years now, and provides an interdisciplinary forum for presenting and discussing fundamental and technological developments. Approximately 200 international researchers and students are attending the conference.

Food webs essential for nature conservation efforts in the future

Lake ecosystems make annual environmental changes more predictable. Nature conservation should not focus on individual species but on whole food webs, because the protection of their functioning is important for the predictability of species, especially when global warming is increasing environmental variability.