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Researchers identify patterns of neural activity ranging from a few days to four weeks in individuals with epilepsy.

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Primary Cilia in Neurons Linked to Obesity

By | January 8, 2018

Three studies—one of mice and two of human genetics—describe the role of two proteins, adenylyl cyclase and melanocortin 4 receptor, in the development of obesity and diabetes. 

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The goal is to house patients’ follicles in a specially designed tissue matrix and reinsert them after treatment.

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Photos of the Year

By | December 25, 2017

From a plastic-munching coral to see-through frogs, here are The Scientist’s favorite images from 2017.

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Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold

By | December 19, 2017

Syrian hamsters and thirteen-lined ground squirrels are tolerant of chilly temperatures, thanks to amino acid changes in a cold-responsive ion channel. 

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Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.

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Single-cell genome analyses reveal the amount of mutations a human brain cell will collect from its fetal beginnings until death.

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Opinion: Taxable Tuition = Trouble for Graduate Students

By and | November 30, 2017

Our calculations find troubling increases in taxes if a US House–led tax plan succeeds, but tuition waivers, as the Senate bill has proposed, could actually reduce students’ tax burdens.

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A team has engineered two stem cell lines into “synthetic T cells” that destroy breast cancer cells in vitro. 

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In people with epilepsy, transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) does not affect memory-related brainwaves as widely claimed, researchers report.

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