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Life Science Leaders Meet at White House

By | May 8, 2017

Heads of academia and industry mingled with the vice president and the secretary of Health and Human Services at a biotech summit.

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Congress Agrees to Give NIH $2 Billion Extra

By | May 1, 2017

The proposed spending plan for 2017 includes money for Alzheimer’s and cancer research.

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Computers That Can Smell

By | May 1, 2017

Teams of modelers compete to develop algorithms for estimating how people will perceive a particular odor from its molecular characteristics.

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Contributors

By | May 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the May 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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Glia Guru

By | May 1, 2017

Ben Barres recast glial cells from supporting actors to star performers, crucial for synaptic plasticity in the brain and for preventing neurodegenerative disorders.

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Myelin Basics

By | May 1, 2017

May Profilee Ben Barres of Stanford University discusses how understanding the basic biology of myelination could help patients with multiple sclerosis and other diseases.

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Understanding Body Ownership and Agency

By | May 1, 2017

Understanding how people recognize and control their own bodies could help researchers develop therapies for those who’ve lost their sense of self.

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Developing Brains in Dishes

By | April 26, 2017

Two studies report methods to mimic human fetal brain development using neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells that form 3-D, brain-like structures. 

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Marching Into an Uncertain Future

By | April 20, 2017

Can professional organizations and societies parlay the groundswell of support culminating in this weekend’s March for Science into more-effective science advocacy?

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Scientists Stretch Neurons to Image Fine Structures

By | April 18, 2017

A double-expansion technique embeds brain tissue in the absorbent material of diapers to stretch out cells for easier visualization.

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