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Rare to the Rescue

By Victoria Jackson and Michael Yeaman | May 1, 2018

Rarity is a strength, not a weakness, when lessons learned from rare disease patients buoy research and development to find cures for more common diseases.

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Infographic: Getting Synapses Ready to Fire

By Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018

A new study reveals more about the role of specialized Schwann cells at junctions between neurons and muscle cells.

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A new technique reveals certain neuronal connections grow larger and denser when memories are made.

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Worms’ Magnetic Sense Questioned

By Abby Olena | April 25, 2018

Unsuccessful attempts to reproduce the results of a 2015 study reporting that C. elegans orient themselves by Earth’s magnetic field spark debate among researchers.

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Exercise Warms the Brain, Causing Mice to Eat Less

By Kerry Grens | April 24, 2018

Directly activating a heat sensor also sensitive to capsaicin in chili peppers in the hypothalamus had the same effect as exercise.

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Male Fruit Flies Take Pleasure in Having Sex

By Jim Daley | April 20, 2018

Sex-deprived males seek out alcohol.

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Genetic analyses uncover cellular hallmarks of bladder cancer tumors that don’t respond, but interfering with one of those characteristics in a mouse model causes tumors to shrink.  

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Human Brain Organoids Thrive in Mouse Brains

By Ashley Yeager | April 16, 2018

After implantation, the tissue developed blood vessels and became integrated into neuronal networks in the animals’ brains.

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A new microscopy program requires no fluorescent markers to identify cell type, nuclei, and other characteristics.

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This is the first time the precise brain cells and their connections controlling a complex behavior have been worked out. 

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