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Remote Mind Control

By | November 1, 2015

Using chemogenetic tools to spur the brain into action


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Weight's the Matter?

By | November 1, 2015

The causes and consequences of obesity are more complicated than we thought.  


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Evolution of the Penis

By | October 30, 2015

A phallus-less reptile goes through a developmental stage with external genitalia, suggesting a common origin for the organ among amniotes.


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Toward Protecting Participants’ Privacy

By | October 29, 2015

Genomic data shared via the Beacon Project are vulnerable to privacy breaches, scientists show.

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FDA OKs Herpesvirus to Treat Cancer

By | October 28, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of an engineered herpesvirus for the treatment of melanoma marks the first oncolytic virus to enter the market.


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Toward a Universal Flu Vax

By | October 27, 2015

Adding an adjuvant to stimulate both innate and adaptive immunity, researchers boost the effectiveness of an influenza A vaccine in mice.


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Rewarding Companions

By | October 26, 2015

Oxytocin and social contact together modulate endocannabinoid activity in the mouse brain, which could help explain the prosocial effects of marijuana use. 


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Electrode-Free Electrophysiology

By | October 22, 2015

Optogenetics has evolved beyond its neuron-stimulating capacities to an all-optical approach for both manipulating and recording cells.


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Infection Assistants

By | October 22, 2015

Parasite-derived exosomes boost Leishmania infection in mice. 


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Speaking of Neuroscience

By | October 22, 2015

A selection of notable quotes from the Society for Neuroscience meeting


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