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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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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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Hunter-gatherer Microbiomes Cycle with the Seasons

By Abby Olena | August 24, 2017

The composition of the gut microbiota varies by time of year and is more diverse than that of industrialized groups.

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The Strange and Stranger Case of Wyndham Lathem

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 24, 2017

A Northwestern University plague researcher has been charged with a brutal murder. Here’s what we know about him.

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Primate Brains Made to See Old Objects as New Again

By Abby Olena | August 17, 2017

Optogenetic stimulation of the perirhinal cortex can cause macaques to process never-before seen-objects as familiar and known objects as brand new.

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Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 16, 2017

An oral mix of a pre- and probiotic can decrease deaths from the condition, according to the results of a large clinical trial conducted in rural India. 

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What the Sun Does to Photoreceptors

By Catherine Offord | August 16, 2017

Optometrist and eclipse-chaser Ralph Chou describes how even a partially eclipsed sun can damage the eye.

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A Potential Remedy for the Aging Brain

By Aggie Mika | August 8, 2017

In mice, injected fragments of a naturally occurring protein boost memory in young and old animals and improve cognition and mobility in a model of neurodegenerative disease. 

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