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This image illustrates changes in brain communication in rats after periods of cocaine abstinence.

SOM research shows continued cocaine use disrupts communication between major brain networks

The findings, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, demonstrate how long-term cocaine use affects brain functions, making recovery and stifling cravings more difficult.

A carton of cigarettes with a mint leaf on top

Gillings research shows that menthol cigarette bans could lead more smokers to quit

The study found that almost a quarter of menthol cigarette smokers quit smoking altogether after a menthol ban, and that country-wide actions are more effective than local or state bans.

Jessica Hartman in a lab, wearing a lab coat, working with a machine.

Carolina spinoff company creates single-cell solutions

Cell Microsystems is leapfrogging traditional technologies for single-cell cloning, culturing, analysis and isolation. The firm helps scientists in pharma-biotech organizations speed therapeutic breakthroughs by culturing 10 times more cells in one-tenth of the time.

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