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Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found

By Shawna Williams | September 5, 2017

Genetic variants in Alzheimer’s- and smoking-related genes appear to be under selection pressure, according to a study comparing the genomes of old and young participants.

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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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Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation

By Ashley Yeager | August 28, 2017

A study of five far-flung human populations gives clues to adaptations to environmental pressures.

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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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The genomes of two species of water bears reveal clues about how they persist in extreme conditions, yet don’t resolve the animals’ debated evolutionary story.

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image: Stem Cells in the Hypothalamus Slow Aging in Mice

Stem Cells in the Hypothalamus Slow Aging in Mice

By Ashley P. Taylor | July 26, 2017

Once implanted into animals’ brains, neural stem cells that secrete microRNA-containing vesicles seem to contribute to an anti-aging effect.

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A study suggests that “chief” cells in the stomach act as reserve stem cells that are activated by tissue damage and may be the long-sought source of gastric cancer.

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Mammals May Have a 12-Hour Clock

By Ashley Yeager | June 6, 2017

Data point to peaks in gene expression in the morning and evening that are distinct from day-night circadian cycles.

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Deep Brain Stimulation Without Surgery

By Aggie Mika | June 1, 2017

Using interfering high-frequency currents applied to the surface of the mouse skull, scientists can noninvasively target brain regions buried below the cortical surface. 

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Researchers Discover Salt-Loving Methanogens

By Abby Olena | May 26, 2017

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

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