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Week in Review: October 17–21

By Jef Akst | October 21, 2016

Report finds that pathologist involved in anonymous defamation case committed multiple acts of misconduct; growing eggs from stem cells; neutrophils’ role in metastasis; convergent evolution in birds

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Single-Celled Life Primed to Go Multicellular

By Bob Grant | October 17, 2016

The unicellular ancestor of animals may have harbored some of the molecular tools that its many-celled descendants use to coordinate and direct cell differentiation and function, scientists show.

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Nascent Neurons Journey Through Newborn Brain

By Anna Azvolinsky | October 6, 2016

Young cells make their way to the frontal lobe to create new circuits in the brains of infants, researchers report. 

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Influential Alzheimer’s Researcher Dies

By Jef Akst | October 6, 2016

Allen Roses, a professor of neurobiology at Duke University School of Medicine, has passed away at age 73.

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Bigger-Brained Species Have Longer Yawns

By Kerry Grens | October 5, 2016

Yawn duration also correlates with the number of cortical neurons, according to a study.

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Zika Infects Adult Monkeys’ Brains

By Kerry Grens | October 5, 2016

A laboratory study finds the virus in the cerebellum in addition to body fluids.

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Evidence Lacking for Brain-Training Products

By Ben Andrew Henry | October 4, 2016

A literature review finds little evidence that commercial brain-training games can improve everyday cognitive performance, citing methodological shortcomings.

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An Evolutionary History

By Mary Beth Aberlin | October 1, 2016

Celebrating 30 years and a resurrection

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Do Brighter Species’ Brains Emit Redder Light?

By Alison F. Takemura | October 1, 2016

Photon emissions in the brain are red-shifted in more-intelligent species, though scientists dispute what that means.

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New and Old Techniques in Modern Neuroscience

By Alison F. Takemura | October 1, 2016

Imaging and manipulating the brain has come a long way from electrodes and the patch clamp, though such traditional tools remain essential.

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