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Genetic Diversity in the Brain

By | October 31, 2013

Neurons within a person’s brain exhibit striking variations in DNA copy number.


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Cortical Computing

By | October 28, 2013

A study shows that dendrites not only transmit information between neurons, but also process some of that information.

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Tuning the Brain

By | October 28, 2013

Deep-brain stimulation is allowing neurosurgeons to adjust the neural activity in specific brain regions to treat thousands of patients with myriad neurological disorders.


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DARPA Supports Brain Treatment

By | October 28, 2013

Brain-implant technologies just got a vote of government confidence, as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announces an investment of $70 million over five years.

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Evolving Pain Resistance

By | October 24, 2013

Grasshopper mice harbor mutations in a pain-transmitting sodium channel that allow them to prey on highly toxic bark scorpions.


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Brain-Washing During Sleep

By | October 18, 2013

Rest clears out interstitial clutter in the mouse brain.


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FDA Considers Three-Parent IVF

By | October 17, 2013

The US regulatory agency will meet next week to discuss whether to allow human trials of a technique that combines the genetic information of three adults.


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Ketamine Alternative Shows Promise

By | October 17, 2013

Researchers show that lanicemine is an effective antidepressant without the adverse effects of the related hallucinogenic drug.


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Get Off the Pot

By | October 15, 2013

Researchers demonstrate the successful treatment of marijuana abuse in rats and monkeys.


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Fighting Viruses with RNAi

By | October 10, 2013

The long-debated issue of whether mammals can use RNA interference as an antiviral defense mechanism is finally put to rest.


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