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Measuring Consciousness

By Dan Cossins | April 17, 2013

Researchers are identifying distinctive brain activity patterns that can be used to monitor patients under anesthesia and assess consciousness in “vegetative” patients.

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Beer Tastes Intoxicating

By Sabrina Richards | April 15, 2013

Just the flavor of beer is enough to boost dopamine in brain areas related to reward—especially in men with alcoholic relatives.

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A Link Between Autism and Cannabinoids

By Kate Yandell | April 11, 2013

Mutations tied to autism in mice lead to deficits in the signaling pathway activated by marijuana.

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Review: Errors of the Human Body

By Jef Akst | April 11, 2013

This dramatic science fiction film follows a grieving father using his research to understand his infant son’s gruesome death—and explores the culture and ethics of science along the way.

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Sequencing Cancer

By Jef Akst | April 9, 2013

This month’s AACR attendees, including National Cancer Institute Director Harold Varmus, discuss new approaches to cancer research using whole genome sequencing.

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Cancer Gene Bonanza

By Ed Yong | March 27, 2013

International collaboration doubles the number of genetic regions associated with breast, prostate, and ovarian cancers.

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Brain Activity Breaks DNA

By Sabrina Richards | March 24, 2013

Researchers find that temporary double-stranded DNA breaks commonly result from normal neuron activation—but expression of an Alzheimer’s-linked protein increases the damage.

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Sequencing the Underdogs

By Ed Yong | March 8, 2013

Transcriptome studies reveal new insights about unusual animals whose genomes have not been sequenced.

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Mice Learn Faster with Human Glia

By Dan Cossins | March 7, 2013

Mice with human brain cells showed enhanced synaptic plasticity and learning, suggesting glia may be key to our cognitive prowess.  

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Prion-like Proteins Cause Disease

By Ed Yong | March 3, 2013

Normal proteins with regions resembling disease-causing prions are responsible for an inherited disorder that affects the brain, muscle, and bone.

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