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A Root Cause of Parkinson’s

By | November 15, 2012

Misfolded α-synuclein proteins promote the spread of Parkinson’s pathology in mouse brains.

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An “Unconscious” Man Talks

By | November 14, 2012

Functional magnetic resonance images of a vegetative patient’s brain communicate to doctors that he’s conscious and not in pain.

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A Brain for Rhythm

By | November 9, 2012

A legendary rock and roll drummer teams up with a neuroscientist to explore the role of rhythm in brain function.

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Inflammation for Regeneration

By | November 8, 2012

Inflammatory signals in injured zebrafish brains promote the growth of new neurons.

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Connectome Makes Some Noise

By | November 7, 2012

NIH Director Francis Collins touts the project to map neural connections in the human brain as recording the mind’s “symphony.”  

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Opinion: Science in the Courtroom

By | November 6, 2012

Should biological explanations for criminal behavior influence a judge’s or jury’s decision about how to handle a case? If so, how?

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Gene Therapy Arrives in Europe

By | November 6, 2012

The European Commission approves the Western hemisphere’s first gene therapy, aimed at correcting a lipid-processing disorder.

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The Brain on Anesthetics

By | November 5, 2012

Recording brain activity as patients are anesthetized for surgery, researchers identify a pattern that may signal loss of consciousness.  

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Exit Strategy

By | November 1, 2012

Large RNA-protein packets use a novel mechanism to escape the cell nucleus.

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Biologist Ruffles Feathers on Facebook

By | October 19, 2012

The blogosphere voices widespread condemnation for a sexist comment made by a researcher attending this week’s annual Society for Neuroscience conference.

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