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Closing the Loop

By | October 1, 2015

Micromanaging neuronal behavior with optogenetics

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Cultural Riches

By | October 1, 2015

Researchers devise new techniques to facilitate growing bacteria collected from the environment.

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Brain Freeze

By | October 1, 2015

A common tissue fixation method distorts the true neuronal landscape.

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Decon Recon

By | October 1, 2015

Published genomes are chock-full of contamination. But as awareness of the problem grows, so do methods to help combat it.

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Holding Neurons Steady

By | October 1, 2015

Scientists engineer a feedback loop to fine-tune neuron activity with optogenetics.

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Into the Limelight

By | October 1, 2015

Glial cells were once considered neurons’ supporting actors, but new methods and model organisms are revealing their true importance in brain function.

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Negative Thinking

By | October 1, 2015

Researchers uncover the first light-controlled negative-ion channels in algae, and they are fast.

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Special Delivery

By | October 1, 2015

Neurons in new brains and old

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Lost Colonies

By | October 1, 2015

Next-generation sequencing has identified scores of new microorganisms, but getting even abundant bacterial species to grow in the lab has proven challenging.

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Mislabeled Genomes to be Fixed

By | September 29, 2015

Conference elicits buzz about the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s efforts to clean up genome entries.         

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