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


image: Kathy Matthews, <em>Drosophila</em> Geneticist, Dies

Kathy Matthews, Drosophila Geneticist, Dies

By Kerry Grens | March 20, 2018

For decades, Matthews led two important repositories for fruit fly research: the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center and FlyBase.  

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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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In Drosophila, the tissue is more permeable to drugs at night, offering a possible explanation for why some medicines work better at certain times of day.

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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: Image of the Day: Mosquito Brain

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.


image: Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia

Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia

By Catherine Offord | March 6, 2018

A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.


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