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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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image: The Human Brain in Exquisite Detail

The Human Brain in Exquisite Detail

By | June 20, 2013

Scientists create BigBrain—an ultrahigh resolution 3–D model of the human think-box.

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Restoring Hidden Clinical Data

By | June 18, 2013

Backed by two leading medical journals, researchers propose a new plan to publish clinical trial data that pharmaceutical companies often try to bury.  

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image: Opinion: Toxicants and the Brain

Opinion: Toxicants and the Brain

By | June 17, 2013

Investment in brain research should aim at protecting the brains of the future from harmful environmental pollutants.

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FDA Considers Easing Controls on Diabetes Drug

By | June 11, 2013

A panel of advisors says that the agency should loosen restrictions on the sale of a diabetes drug with a spotty clinical safety record.  

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Learning to Use Brain-Computer Interfaces

By | June 10, 2013

Controlling computers with the mind and learning motor skills rely on a similar set of brain regions.

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US watchdog suspends plans to discipline researchers who failed to disclose the full risks of an experimental trial conducted with premature infants.

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Human Adult Neurogenesis Revealed

By | June 7, 2013

Retrospective carbon dating of human hippocampal cells confirms substantial adult neurogenesis and suggests that the process contributes to brain function.

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Optogenetics and OCD

By | June 6, 2013

Stimulating brain cells with light reveals the dysfunctional circuitry that causes obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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image: Opinion: BRAIN Is Not Enough

Opinion: BRAIN Is Not Enough

By | June 6, 2013

The recently announced BRAIN Initiative, referred to as the Apollo program for neuroscience, needs more funding and better goals to live up to the hype.

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