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Minis Ensure Synaptic Maturation

By | May 7, 2014

Once considered neurotransmission-related noise, scientists now show that the spontaneous release of presynaptic vesicles is imperative for the maturation of Drosophila synapses.

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Augmenting the Genetic Alphabet

By | May 7, 2014

For the first time, synthetic DNA base pairs are replicated within living bacteria.

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Another Way Fiber Is Filling

By | April 29, 2014

Acetate, a short-chain fatty acid released following the fermentation of dietary fiber in the gut, accumulates in the brain and can affect appetite in mice.

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Epigenetic Effects of Mom’s Diet

By | April 29, 2014

Molecular markers of a mother’s nutrition around the time of conception can be found in her child’s DNA.

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Sequencing the Tree of Life

By | April 24, 2014

Charting the progress of the various large-scale genome-sequencing projects as researchers working separately on their chosen species begin to pool analytical resources

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Genome Digest

By | April 24, 2014

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Microbe’s Diversity Is Vast, Ancient

By | April 24, 2014

A marine cyanobacterium possesses astounding genomic diversity, yet still organizes into distinct subpopulations that have likely persisted for ages.

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Does Brain Training Work?

By | April 21, 2014

Experts are skeptical about the effectiveness of games that claim to improve cognitive function. 

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Triggering Resilience to Depression

By | April 17, 2014

In mice, boosting depression-causing activity in neurons can actually reverse depressive symptoms.

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A Face to Remember

By | April 17, 2014

Researchers show that a tuning algorithm can make one’s profile photo more memorable.

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