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Endogenous Retrovirus Active in ALS

By | September 30, 2015

Researchers uncover evidence that a retrovirus embedded within the human genome may play a role in the pathology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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Identity-Shifting Brain Cells

By | September 10, 2015

Cortical interneurons in mice exhibit activity-dependent alterations to their characteristic firing patterns.


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New Homo Species Found

By | September 10, 2015

Researchers describe H. naledi, an ancient human ancestor of unknown age that may have buried its dead.


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Can Amyloid Spread Between Brains?

By | September 9, 2015

A study of deceased patients who received injections of cadaver-derived growth hormone hints at the possible transmissibility of Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Opinion: Pay-to-Play Publishing

By | September 3, 2015

Online scientific journals are sacrificing the quality of research articles to make a buck.

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Chemical Cocktails Produce Neurons

By | August 6, 2015

Two research groups have devised small-molecule recipes to directly transform fibroblasts into neurons.


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Opinion: Life’s X Factor

By | August 4, 2015

Did endosymbiosis—and the innovations in membrane bioenergetics it engendered—make it possible for eukaryotic life to evolve?

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Mini Brains Model Autism

By | July 16, 2015

Patient-derived organoids reveal autism spectrum disorder–associated anomalies.


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Mental Speedometer Cells

By | July 15, 2015

Scientists identify neurons that track speed in the brains of moving rats.


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The Brain on Fear

By | June 25, 2015

Scientists uncover the neurons in the mouse brain responsible for linking the sight of a looming object to scared behavior.



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