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Researchers short circuit the urge to consume alcohol in rat models of compulsive drinking by shutting down specific neurons wired to the brain’s reward system.

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TS 2015 Gift Guide

By | December 15, 2015

Check out these life science–inspired gifts

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Tippling Chimps Caught in the Act

By | June 10, 2015

Researchers in Africa observe chimpanzees stealing palm wine from villagers’ cups and imbibing the beverage.

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Binge-Drinking Trigger?

By | May 12, 2015

Researchers identify a protein linked to excessive consumption of alcohol in animal models.

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Drunk Monkeys

By | March 1, 2015

UC Berkeley biologist Robert Dudley explains his "drunken monkey" hypothesis for how humans developed a taste for alcohol.

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Falling Out of the Family Tree

By | March 1, 2015

A mutation in an ethanol-metabolizing enzyme arose around the time that arboreal primates shifted to a more terrestrial lifestyle, perhaps as an adaptation to eating fermented fruit.

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Roots of Alcohol Dependence?

By | August 27, 2014

Researchers link a gene already tied to alcohol dependence with a neurotransmitter involved in anxiety and relaxation.

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Book Excerpt from The Drunken Monkey

By | June 1, 2014

In Chapter 3, "On the Inebriation of Elephants," author Robert Dudley considers whether tales of tipsy pachyderms and bombed baboons have any basis in scientific truth.

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Capsule Reviews

By | June 1, 2014

Proof, Caffeinated, A Sting in the Tale, and The Insect Cookbook

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Contributors

By | June 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the June 2014 issue of The Scientist

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