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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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Genome Digest

By | March 6, 2013

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Key Mental Illness Genes Found

By | March 4, 2013

A large genome-wide study has identified four single-nucleotide polymorphisms shared between five major psychiatric disorders.

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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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New DNA-based Prenatal Test

By | March 1, 2013

Another company has launched a non-invasive DNA screen for genetic disorders in unborn babies, adding to the competition in an emerging market.

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Bacterial Buddies

By | March 1, 2013

A chance encounter with a crab apple tree leads to the discovery of a new bacterial species and clues to the evolution of insect endosymbionts.

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Sleep Protection

By | March 1, 2013

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

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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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Circular RNA Surprise

By | February 28, 2013

Previously enigmatic circular RNAs have been found to influence gene expression by binding to and blocking another class of regulatory RNA, the microRNAs.

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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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