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Understanding Human Accelerated Regions

By | August 1, 2016

Fast-evolving regions of the human genome differentiate our species from all other mammals.


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Decoding Human Accelerated Regions

By | August 1, 2016

Do the portions of our genomes that set us apart from other animals hold the secret to human evolution?


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Humans Never Stopped Evolving

By | August 1, 2016

The emergence of blood abnormalities, an adult ability to digest milk, and changes in our physical appearance point to the continued evolution of the human race.


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The Genes Underlying Autism Are Coming Into Focus

By | August 1, 2016

As researchers sequence the DNA of thousands of kids with autism, dozens of genetic subgroups are emerging.

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By | August 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2016 issue of The Scientist.


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Minding the Pulse of Memory Consolidation

By | July 28, 2016

Studying sleep spindles could help neuroscientists better understand certain cognitive impairments.  


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Additional #IceBucketChallenge Payoffs

By | July 28, 2016

Researchers identify a new ALS-associated gene thanks to funds generated by the social media challenge that went viral in summer 2014.


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Orangutan Imitates Human Speech

By | July 27, 2016

Captive ape produces more than 500 vowel-like sounds, offering clues to how speech evolved in humans.

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Different Brains, Similar Wiring

By | July 22, 2016

The brains of primates and mice follow the same exponential rule of connectivity, according to a study.


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Neurons Compete to Form Memories

By | July 21, 2016

The same populations of brain cells encode memories that occur close together in time, according to new research.

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