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Giants of Circadian Biology Win Nobel Prize

By Catherine Offord | October 2, 2017

The award in Physiology or Medicine goes to chronobiologists Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young.

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image: A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects

A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 28, 2017

One amino acid change within a viral structural protein makes the difference between mild cases of brain damage and severe microcephaly in mice.

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Sexual Touch Promotes Early Puberty

By Ruth Williams | September 21, 2017

The brains and bodies of young female rats can be accelerated into puberty by the presence of an older male or by stimulation of the genitals.

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How Poison Frogs Avoid Poisoning Themselves

By Abby Olena | September 21, 2017

Amphibians resist their own chemical defenses with amino acid modifications in the sequence for a target receptor.

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The Cellular Hallmarks of Consciousness

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 21, 2017

Recording from single neurons of epilepsy patients, neuroscientists show that both the strength and timing of neuronal firing are important to consciously perceive a visual object. 

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Booger Bacteria’s Sweet Immune Suppression

By Ruth Williams | September 6, 2017

Sweet taste receptor-activating molecules produced by sinus microbes suppress the local innate immune system in humans.

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Neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells fill in for lost dopamine neurons in a primate model of the disease.

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Robotic Patch Clamping Gains Eyes

By Diana Kwon | August 30, 2017

Two groups of scientists combined automation with two-photon microscopy to target and record specific neurons in living animals. 

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A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan

By Sandhya Sekar | August 28, 2017

E. coli that make indoles protect older worms, flies, and mice from frailty. 

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image: Gordon Awandare: Ghana’s Homecoming King

Gordon Awandare: Ghana’s Homecoming King

By Linda Nordling | August 21, 2017

The infectious disease scientist spent seven years in the U.S. before returning home to establish a thriving center for research and help lead the fight against malaria.

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