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Rats Are Ticklish, Sometimes

By | November 14, 2016

Researchers may have pinpointed the part of the brain that makes rats laugh when tickled.

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Barcoding the Connectome

By | November 11, 2016

Watch how researchers use RNA to track where neurons' axons end in the mouse brain.

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Mutation vs. Mutation

By | November 3, 2016

Yeast study finds many instances—often among related genes—in which a mutation in one gene cancels the negative effects of a mutation in another.

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Smoking-Linked Cancer Mutations Mapped

By | November 3, 2016

Scientists produce a detailed genomic map of mutations and epigenetic changes associated with smoking tobacco across 17 tumor types. 

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New Support for Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug

By | November 2, 2016

Merck’s verubecestat, which is currently being tested in two Phase 3 studies, is safe, according to newly published Phase 1 data.

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How These Rodents Got Their Stripes

By | November 2, 2016

The African striped mouse and the chipmunk develop dorsal stripes through a newly identified mechanism of coat color variation.

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Family members with a certain gene variant had unnecessary interventions, highlighting the potential hazards of precision medicine.

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Book Excerpt from The New Science of Consciousness

By | November 1, 2016

In Chapter 1, author Paul L. Nunez sets the stage for a scientific exploration of the inky depths of consciousness.

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Can Science Crack Consciousness?

By | November 1, 2016

Researchers seek to disentangle the complexity of the human mind from a cross-disciplinary perspective, but the phenomenon may be out of the reach of human understanding.

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Contributors

By | November 1, 2016

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

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