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Speaking of Science

By | May 1, 2013

May 2013's selection of notable quotes

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Viruses on the Brain

By | May 1, 2013

Viral infections of the central nervous system may trigger cytokines that induce seizures.

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Virus Latency Causes Cattle Disease?

By | April 29, 2013

Researchers identify a herpesvirus gene persisting in the cells of calves suffering from malignant catarrhal disease.

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Tumors Fall to Radioactive Bacteria

By | April 22, 2013

Researchers use bacteria to deliver radiation to shrink pancreatic tumors in mice.

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Visual Consciousness Emerges

By | April 22, 2013

A new study of brain activity patterns suggests that babies as young as 5 months old have the neural mechanisms to register that they’ve seen a face.  

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Measuring Consciousness

By | April 17, 2013

Researchers are identifying distinctive brain activity patterns that can be used to monitor patients under anesthesia and assess consciousness in “vegetative” patients.

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Bad Stats Plague Neuroscience

By | April 16, 2013

A new study blames the unreliable nature of some research in the field on underpowered statistical analyses.

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Beer Tastes Intoxicating

By | April 15, 2013

Just the flavor of beer is enough to boost dopamine in brain areas related to reward—especially in men with alcoholic relatives.

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A Link Between Autism and Cannabinoids

By | April 11, 2013

Mutations tied to autism in mice lead to deficits in the signaling pathway activated by marijuana.

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“Breathprints” Could Diagnose Disease

By | April 5, 2013

Researchers can identify individuals by the unique chemical signatures in their breath, suggesting that exhalations could be used for metabolomic tests.

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