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Earliest-Known Winged Mammal Relatives Discovered In China

Enlarge this image An artist’s rendition of Maiopatagium in Jurassic forest. (Reconstruction by April I. Neander/UChicago). hide caption toggle caption (Reconstruction by April I. Neander/UChicago). When you think about the Jurassic Period, you probably think of massive, lumbering dinosaurs. But now scientists say there were also gliders — early relatives of mammals, akin to today’s flying squirrels – whizzing through the trees. Fossils of two glider species, found in the Tiaojishan Formation in northeastern China, are particularly well-preserved, so the impressions left of skin membranes and hairs immediately show they…

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Epilepsy drug discovered in fish model shows promise in small pediatric clinical trial

Science ‘Bench-to-bedside’ describes research that has progressed from basic science in animal models that has led to therapies used in patients. Now, a study describes what could be considered a direct ‘aquarium-to-bedside’ approach, taking a drug discovered in a genetic zebrafish model of epilepsy and testing it, with promising results, in a small number of children with the disease. Epilepsy drug discovered in fish model shows promise in small pediatric clinical trial

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