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Lost in Space

By | September 1, 2011

Looking for a more realistic way to study memory, we turned to place cells­­—­a network of cells that record a rat’s memory of an environment. 

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Molecular Learning

By | September 1, 2011

Long-term potentiation (LTP), discovered in the 1970s, was later shown to be the molecular basis of memory. 

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The Seat of Memory

By | September 1, 2011

Early on, researchers had learned that the hippocampus was the structure in the brain where long-term memories were created and stored, but it was not known whether the different cell types within this structure might be more or less susceptible to the aging process.

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Contributors

September 1, 2011

Meet some of the people featured in the September 2011 issue of The Scientist.

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Hold That Thought

By | September 1, 2011

In the memory circuits of the aging brain and the signaling pathways of pain, science is trading mystery for mastery.

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Blood’s Role in the Aging Brain

By | August 31, 2011

A blood protein involved in allergy contributes to the decline in brain function and memory in aging mice.

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Velcro Helps Muscles Grow

By | August 31, 2011

Stretching muscle cells as they grow helps promote the expression of growth factors.

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The Risk of Aging Fathers

By | August 30, 2011

Older male mice sired offspring that had more copy number mutations, including several linked to autism and schizophrenia.

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Next Generation: Hundreds of Cell-Analyses at Once

By | August 11, 2011

A new microfluidics chip lets researchers analyze the nucleic acids of 300 individual cells simultaneously.

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Lab-Grown Sperm

By | August 4, 2011

Healthy mice are born from germ cell precursors grown in vitro.

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