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The agency gave personal genomics company 23andMe the green light to screen samples for breast cancer–related genetic mutations.

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Image of the Day: Mosquito Brain

By The Scientist Staff | March 6, 2018

Researchers have constructed the first neuroanatomy atlas of a female mosquito’s brain.

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Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia

By Catherine Offord | March 6, 2018

A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.

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Image of the Day: Moth Proboscis

By The Scientist Staff | March 5, 2018

The hawkmoth’s brain uses a different area to search for food than it does to look for where to lay eggs.  

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Two large-scale studies reveal new insights into the genomic characteristics of childhood cancers.

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Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics

By Ruth Williams | March 1, 2018

A new protein may allow researchers to home in on individual neurons, determining their activity minute by minute.

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New Methods to Detect CRISPR Off-Target Mutations

By Sandeep Ravindran | March 1, 2018

Researchers have developed a variety of techniques to detect when CRISPR misses the mark.

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Stressed Rodents Make Different Choices

By Katarina Zimmer | March 1, 2018

Chronic stress tweaks a circuit in the brain that influences how lab rodents make tough decisions. 

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Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.

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image: Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender

Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender

By Shawna Williams | March 1, 2018

Brain studies have yielded a mixed picture of the neural similarities and differences between people of different genders.

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