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Maternal Antibodies Linked to Autism

By | July 9, 2013

Some children with autism are born to mothers carrying antibodies that bind to proteins involved in brain development.

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Side-Chain Theory, circa 1900

By | July 1, 2013

Paul Ehrlich came up with an explanation for cellular interactions based on receptors, earning a Nobel Prize and the title "Father of Modern Immunology"—only to have his theory forgotten.

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Week in Review, June 17–21

By | June 21, 2013

On the gene patent decision; a high-res human brain model; bats’ influence on moths mating calls; toxicants threaten brain health; platelet-driven immunity

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Platelets Help Tackle Bacteria

By | June 16, 2013

The cell fragments play a role in the body’s first line of defense against bacterial infection, helping white blood cells grab blood-borne bacteria in the liver.

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Opinion: The Present and Future of Neurogenomics

By | June 13, 2013

Support the BRAIN Initiative, but don’t overlook the neurogenomic diagnostics that are already driving breakthroughs in brain and rare neurological disorders.

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Nailing Regeneration

By | June 12, 2013

Researchers identify the signaling program that enables finger and toenail stem cells to direct digit regeneration after amputation.

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Why Many Birds Don’t Have Penises

By | June 7, 2013

In avian species, a gene induces programmed cell death during development in the area where a phallus would otherwise grow.

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Contributors

By | June 1, 2013

Meet some of the people featured in the June 2013 issue of The Scientist.

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Loss of Potential

By | June 1, 2013

In the fruit fly, the ability of neural stem cells to make the full repertoire of neurons is regulated by the movement of key genes to the nuclear periphery.

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Predicting Autism’s Path

By | May 31, 2013

How brains of toddlers with autism respond to language is associated with later cognitive abilities.

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