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Synaptic connections and a new neuron type emerge in high-res images, which hold promise for mapping the complete connectome.

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image: Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens

Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens

By Abby Olena | May 26, 2017

Two previously overlooked archaeal strains fill an evolutionary gap for microbes.


image: Warmer Temps Tied to Altered Microbiome in Lizards

Warmer Temps Tied to Altered Microbiome in Lizards

By Ashley P. Taylor | May 8, 2017

Bacterial differences after three-month temperature hikes, modeled after global warming predictions, were evident one year later, a study found.

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Quick and Cheap Zika Detection

By Ruth Williams | May 3, 2017

A heat block, a truck battery, and a novel RNA amplification assay make for in-the-field surveillance of the virus.


Studies of infected rhesus monkeys reveal the virus’s long-term hiding places in the body.

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image: Developing Brains in Dishes

Developing Brains in Dishes

By Ashley P. Taylor | April 26, 2017

Two studies report methods to mimic human fetal brain development using neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells that form 3-D, brain-like structures. 


A mouse study reveals a causal link between changes in intestinal microbiota and increasing inflammation as the rodents age.


By examining brainwave patterns in a posterior cortical area, scientists can predict when people are dreaming.


By converting glial cells into dopaminergic neurons, scientists were able to partially rescue motor behavior in mice.


image: In Certain Social Bees, Gut Microbiomes Follow Phylogeny

In Certain Social Bees, Gut Microbiomes Follow Phylogeny

By Ashley P. Taylor | March 29, 2017

Corbiculate bees and their gut-dwelling microbes have been coevolving since the social species evolved from their solitary ancestors around 80 million years ago, scientists suggest. 

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