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Moratorium on Gain-of-Function Research

By | October 21, 2014

In the wake of a handful of biosafety lapses at federal research facilities, the US government is temporarily halting funding for new studies aiming to give novel functions to influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses.

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Still There

By | October 20, 2014

Researchers identify brain activity patterns that may indicate when an unresponsive patient is conscious.

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Ebola Scare in DC

By | October 17, 2014

The Scientist senior editor, Jef Akst, is communicating via cell phone with her parents, who were on the bus briefly occupied by an ill woman who was later escorted by hazmat teams to the hospital.

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Neuro-Insights into Holding It

By | October 17, 2014

Scientists reveal the neural underpinnings—and muscles tightly linked with—the involuntary flexing of the pelvic floor, which comprises muscles that help us delay urination.

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Jet Lag Upsets Gut Microbes

By | October 17, 2014

Frequent airplane travel may contribute to obesity by throwing off circadian rhythms and changing the composition of the intestinal microbiome, according to a new study.

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Week in Review, October 13–17

By | October 17, 2014

Snail not extinct after all; results too good to be true?; mice need myelin production for motor learning; keeping the brain young; the evolution of archaea

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Myelin’s Role in Motor Learning

By | October 16, 2014

The production of new myelin in the brain—a function of non-neuronal glial cells—may be necessary for motor learning, a mouse study shows.

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NYC’s Pathogen-Riddled Rats

By | October 15, 2014

Researchers find more than a dozen brand new viruses lurking in rodents inhabiting the Big Apple.

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Ebola-Infected Nurse Flew

By | October 15, 2014

The second healthcare worker to have contracted Ebola within the U.S. flew on a commercial airline after having cared for a Dallas patient who died from the virus.

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Turning Back the Brain’s Clock

By | October 15, 2014

The brain’s ability to make new neural connections can be restored in mice by blocking a protein that normally acts as a natural brake on neuroplasticity. 

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