Author Archives: Fred Lee

About Fred Lee

I am the founder of Lateral Line and a full-time med student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. My goal with this website is to report accurately on all kinds of scientific news, and I have a great deal of passion for science and scientific reporting. I am diligent and proactive when it comes to news reporting and intend to build up Lateral Line to one of the premier science publications. 1970 Gorby Lane, Jackson Mississippi, 39201 [email protected] 601-906-7859

Ghrelin can increase the urge to exercise, according to new discoveries

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As observed by some researchers when conducting experiments with mice, restricting access to food increases the level of a specific hormone called ghrelin, which can increase motivation for exercise. This study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology, describes how increasing levels of this hormone can cause mice to spontaneously initiate exercise or physical activity. According to the same investigator, this… Read more »

Ants can prevent severe plant diseases by secreting antibiotics

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Ants are very useful for plants, and new research created proves that. Researchers have found that ants suppress at least 14 typical plant diseases, thanks to a kind of antibiotic that ants produce through the glands of the body. In addition, some types of ants actually host the leg and body of a real microbiome, a bacterial colony that secretes… Read more »