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Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined

By Catherine Offord | March 22, 2018

Researchers pinpoint a protein that can metabolize at least one of the insecticides, highlighting a route to identifying compounds that are friendlier to the critical pollinators.


DNA analysis gives clues to how the ancient hominin’s population split and how they interacted with modern humans.

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The findings suggest that faster synthesis, rather than decreased clearance, causes the protein to build up in neurons.


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Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics

By Ruth Williams | March 15, 2018

A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  


The finding suggests corvids may have an innate sense of number.


Host slugs given Prozac to increase their serotonin levels no longer avoid parasitic nematodes, the same behavior seen in infected slugs.


In an unusual evolutionary twist, local stick spiders have come up with an almost identical repertoire of color morphs in multiple locations.


image: Prominent Neuroscientist Fired by Columbia, HHMI

Prominent Neuroscientist Fired by Columbia, HHMI

By Shawna Williams | March 8, 2018

The specific reason for Thomas Jessell’s dismissal has not been disclosed.

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The University of Chicago psychology professor made fundamental contributions to understanding the neural mechanisms of social experiences.  

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Image of the Day: Mosquito Brain

By The Scientist Staff | March 6, 2018

Researchers have constructed the first neuroanatomy atlas of a female mosquito’s brain.


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