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Drug Widens Immunity to Flu

By | October 20, 2013

An immune suppressive drug can unexpectedly help immunized mice fight off many strains of flu.

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Get Off the Pot

By | October 15, 2013

Researchers demonstrate the successful treatment of marijuana abuse in rats and monkeys.

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Placebo’s Double Whammy

By | October 14, 2013

Sham treatments can both reduce pain and increase pleasure, and do so affecting similar circuitry in the brain.

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Brain Circuit Toggles Eating

By | September 26, 2013

A network of neurons in the hypothalamus can turn feeding behavior on or off with the flip of an optogenetic switch in mice.  

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Preliminary BRAIN Plans

By | September 18, 2013

An NIH working group lays out nine research areas the new federal neuroscience initiative will fund.

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Week in Review, July 8–12

By | July 12, 2013

Editor accused of fraud leaves post; the good and the bad of gut microbiota; bacterial gene shuffle; legal restrictions hamper illicit drug research; antibodies and autism

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Fly Leg Sensors Recognize Mates

By | July 1, 2013

Male fruit flies use a sensory system in their legs to help determine whether a potential mate is from a different species.

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Side-Chain Theory, circa 1900

By | July 1, 2013

Paul Ehrlich came up with an explanation for cellular interactions based on receptors, earning a Nobel Prize and the title "Father of Modern Immunology"—only to have his theory forgotten.

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Week in Review, June 17–21

By | June 21, 2013

On the gene patent decision; a high-res human brain model; bats’ influence on moths mating calls; toxicants threaten brain health; platelet-driven immunity

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Platelets Help Tackle Bacteria

By | June 16, 2013

The cell fragments play a role in the body’s first line of defense against bacterial infection, helping white blood cells grab blood-borne bacteria in the liver.

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