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Mice Learn Faster with Human Glia

By | March 7, 2013

Mice with human brain cells showed enhanced synaptic plasticity and learning, suggesting glia may be key to our cognitive prowess.  

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Prion-like Proteins Cause Disease

By | March 3, 2013

Normal proteins with regions resembling disease-causing prions are responsible for an inherited disorder that affects the brain, muscle, and bone.

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DIY in the Lab

By | March 1, 2013

Things break in the lab. Here’s how to protect your equipment, and what to do when it stops working.

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Set It and Forget It

By | March 1, 2013

A tour of three systems for automating cell culture

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Sleep Protection

By | March 1, 2013

Inducing certain brain patterns extends non-REM sleep in mice.

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Sticky Lithography

By | March 1, 2013

Scotch tape and a scalpel provide a MacGyver-esque approach to microfabrication.

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Playing for Words

By | February 28, 2013

Children with dyslexia have an easier time learning to read after playing action video games that don’t incorporate reading.

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Tadpoles See with Extra Eyes

By | February 27, 2013

Blind tadpoles regain vision when new eyes are grafted onto their tails. 

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Neurons Live Longer in New Brains

By | February 25, 2013

Transplanting mouse neurons into rats allows the neurons to survive twice as long as they would in mice.

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Language Gene More Active in Girls

By | February 21, 2013

One gene involved in speech produces more of its protein in the brains of young girls than boys.

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