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Unsilencing a Gene

By | December 21, 2011

Scientists have found a way to reactivate a gene in mice that is silenced in a neurodevelopmental disorder called Angelman syndrome.

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How Bees Choose Home

By | December 8, 2011

For honeybees, there’s no place like home. And every year, they must find a new one. Now, a study publishing today (December 8) in Science suggests that the honeybee swarms use inhibitory signals when house-hunting, paralleling the human brain’s decision-making process.

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Reversing Cocaine’s Effects with Light

By | December 7, 2011

Researchers use optogenetics to reverse drug-induced brain and behavioral changes.

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Brain Evolution at a Distance

By | December 6, 2011

Gene expression controlled from afar may have spurred the spurt in brain evolution that led to modern humans.

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Seeing Sound

By | November 22, 2011

Researchers ask: Is there an advantage to getting emotional when touching certain textures, or seeing colors change when you listen to music?

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Snake Toxin Reveals Pain Clues

By | November 16, 2011

The venom from the Texas coral snake causes intense pain by targeting acid-sensing ion channels, providing researchers with potential new targets for pain therapies.

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Top 7 in Neuroscience

By | November 8, 2011

A snapshot of the most highly ranked articles in neuroscience and related areas, from Faculty of 1000

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New Genes, New Brain

By | October 19, 2011

A bevy of genes known to be active during human fetal and infant development first appeared at the same time that the prefrontal cortex—the area of the brain associated with human intelligence and personality—took shape in primates.

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Next Generation: Microfluidics for the Dish

By | October 4, 2011

A new device for directing fluids is designed to deliver chemical cues directly to petri dishes without disturbing cells.

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Next Generation: Neuronal Monkey Bars

By | September 23, 2011

Three-dimensional scaffolds for growing and guiding neurons are getting smaller and more tailored in design.

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