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Toggling CRISPR Activity with a Chemical Switch

By | September 12, 2016

Researchers design a Cas9 enzyme that cuts DNA only in the presence of particular drug.

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Researchers short circuit the urge to consume alcohol in rat models of compulsive drinking by shutting down specific neurons wired to the brain’s reward system.

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Week in Review: September 5–9

By | September 9, 2016

Environmental magnetite in the human brain; prion structure takes shape; watching E. coli evolve in real time; learning from others’ behavior 

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Ancestries of nearly two dozen indigenous groups in the region reveal a close link between the genetic clustering of populations and the Kalahari Desert’s ecogeography.

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Zika Update

By | September 7, 2016

Virus’s genome to aid in diagnoses; bees caught in crossfire of mosquito sprays; Zika spreads in Asia; US Congress revisits Zika funding

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The History of Optogenetics Revised

By | September 1, 2016

Credit for the neuroscience technique has largely overlooked the researcher who first demonstrated the method.

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Dogs Respond to Words and Inflection

By | August 31, 2016

Using an MRI scanner to examine how dogs’ brains process speech, researchers find that our canine companions hear both what we say and how we say it. 

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Newly Discovered Virus Has Multi-Part Genome

By | August 26, 2016

A “multicomponent” virus isolated from mosquitoes infects in stages and reassembles once the pieces are inside the host.

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“Ultimate DISCO” uses a solvent that shrinks whole animals and preserves fluorescence for months.

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Researchers use the CRISPR/Cas system to express three transcription-factor genes, changing the identities of mouse cells.

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