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Could a Dose of Sunshine Make You Smarter?

By Ruth Williams | May 17, 2018

Moderate ultraviolet light exposure boosts the brainpower of mice thanks to increased production of the neurotransmitter glutamate.  

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Lizards’ Green Blood Evolved Four Times

By Kerry Grens | May 16, 2018

The uncommon hue is present in skinks that aren’t closely related, but the advantage of the odd trait remains anyone’s guess.  

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Researchers find a link between molecules released by commensal bacteria and the degree of inflammation in a mouse model of MS.

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Changes in gene activity levels after DBS appear to underlie improvements seen in a mouse model of Rett syndrome, a genetic disease that causes intellectual disability.

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“Minibrains” May Soon Include Neanderthal DNA

By Ashley Yeager | May 14, 2018

Brain organoids engineered to carry the genetic material could reveal how our brains are similar to and different from those of our closest relatives.

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RNA Moves a Memory From One Snail to Another

By Ashley Yeager | May 14, 2018

Injecting molecules from a sea slug that received tail shocks into one that didn’t made the recipient animal behave more cautiously. 

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Image of the Day: Cooking Up Neurons

By The Scientist Staff | May 11, 2018

Using different combinations of transcription factors, researchers create a diverse array of neurons from mouse skin cells.

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An algorithm trained to move through a virtual environment spontaneously generated patterns of activity found in so-called grid neurons.

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Sequencing of a single gene can spot patients with a dangerous form of mycosis fungoides better than other prognostic tests.  

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The microbiologist was known for his work on bacterial antibiotic resistance and infectious disease.

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