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GABAB receptor protein brain activity
A nerve cell synapse with structures GABAB, a neurotransmitter receptor protein, captured in four different conformations (background) and in the active state (close-up) with molecules (orange and magenta) bound to it. (Illustration/Yekaterina Kadyshevskaya)

Scientists discover how a protein that calms brain activity works

The findings from USC researchers provide a clear path to uncovering new drugs to control addiction, pain and neurological disorders such as epilepsy and muscle spasticity.

Policy/Law
DACA supreme court decision
The high court’s 5-4 opinion signals there are other legal pathways for Trump or other opponents of DACA to dismantle it, but the question remains whether the administration will do so this election year.(Photo/Rhododendrites).

Supreme Court decision is a win for ‘Dreamers’ — but USC experts say it may not last

While many advocates are celebrating the Supreme Court’s opinion on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, USC experts warn that additional legal challenges are likely.