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Simplified Magnetogenetics

By | March 25, 2016

A new technique allows researchers to rapidly and reversibly activate neurons with a magnetically sensitive protein.

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Contacts May Affect Eye Microbiome

By | March 23, 2016

The bacterial communities in the eyes of contact lens wearers resemble those of the skin, according to a study. 

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Recovering Lost Memories

By | March 21, 2016

Researchers use optogenetics to induce recall in an Alzheimer’s mouse model, suggesting the disease may not destroy memories permanently.

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Study: Genetic Tests Don’t Change Behavior

By | March 17, 2016

Knowing one’s genetic risk for particular diseases doesn’t encourage behavior modifications, according to a study.

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Cannabis-Based Drug for Epilepsy

By | March 14, 2016

A marijuana-derived compound shows continued success in treating children with a rare form of the seizure disorder. 

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CRISPRi-Controlled Gene Expression

By | March 10, 2016

A variation of the gene-editing technique can more precisely and efficiently downregulate the expression of target genes than traditional CRISPR/Cas9.

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Student Fights Harassment with Wikipedia

By | March 10, 2016

Every time Emily Temple-Wood receives an inappropriate email, she writes a Wikipedia entry about a woman scientist.

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CRISPR Patent Investigation to Begin

By | March 9, 2016

The US Patent and Trademark Office is set to launch its “patent interference” inquiry into the competing patents on the gene-editing technology.

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More Support for Allergen-Exposure Strategy

By | March 8, 2016

A second study finds evidence that feeding children peanuts could help prevent them from developing allergies to the legume later in life.

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Probing Canine Face Recognition

By | March 4, 2016

Dogs trained to stay still in an MRI machine show activity in the temporal cortex when shown a human face.

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