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A mix of sensations

Traditionally, we talk about having five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. In reality, our bodies are capable of much more. Sitting right under our skin are a variety of sensory neurons, which are specialised in detecting light touch, pain, temperature, itch or the body’s position.…

By Doreen Feike

Picture of the week

Mouse skin samples of the rare genetic skin disease amyloidosis, before light treatment (left) and after treatment (right). The arrows indicate aggregates of debris, which cause the skin to become rough and uncomfortable. Upon treatment these aggregates are reduced, allowing the skin to heal. IMAGES: Paul Heppenstall and Linda Nocchi / EMBL

Using light to stop itch

EMBL researchers have found a way to stop itch with light in mice…

By Iris Kruijen

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Managing chronic pain with light

Scientists at EMBL Rome develop new method that uses light to manage neuropathic pain in mice…

By Iris Kruijen

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Study offers approach to treating pain

Research on the effect of nerve cell stiffness on sensitivity to touch could lead to new painkillers…

By Sonia Furtado Neves

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