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Undergraduatesand their faculty adviser, Ray Barbehenn, helped explain an observation that had puzzled insect ecologists who study gypsy moth caterpillars. Read more.
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Lipid storage disorders block lysosomal trafficking by inhibiting a TRP channel and lysosomal calcium release
Nature Communications 3, Article number: 731 doi:10.1038/ncomms1735, 13 March 2012
Dongbiao Shen, Xiang Wang, Xinran Li, Xiaoli Zhang, Zepeng Yao, Shannon Dibble, Xian-ping Dong, Ting Yu, Andrew P. Lieberman, Hollis D. Showalter and Haoxing Xu
This paper was featured in the U-M News Service article "U-M biologists find potential drug that speeds cellular recycling."
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