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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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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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Opinion: The Payoff of Big Science

By | June 3, 2013

Was the Human Genome Project the key to a gold mine?

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Capsule Reviews

By | June 1, 2013

The Book of Woe, Ungifted, My Beloved Brontosaurus, and Brainwashed

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Piece by Piece

By | June 1, 2013

A guide to fragment-based drug discovery

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Malaria parasites transmitted via mosquitoes elicit a more effective immune response and cause less severe infection than those directly injected into red blood cells.

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Modified Toxin to Treat Obesity?

By | May 29, 2013

Researchers show that a synthetic peptide derived from a sea anemone toxin has potent weight-regulating effects in a mouse model of obesity.  

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BPA Dangers in Pregnancy?

By | May 28, 2013

Pregnant mice exposed to the chemical used in many plastics have offspring with behavioral abnormalities.

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Stroke Patients Improve with Stem Cells

By | May 28, 2013

Long-term stroke patients involved in a small-scale clinical trial of a neural stem-cell therapy show signs of recovery.

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Distinct Neural Pathway for Itchiness

By | May 24, 2013

Scientists find the molecule that delivers itchiness signals to the brain via a dedicated, and previously unknown, neural pathway.  

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