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Researchers use the CRISPR/Cas system to express three transcription-factor genes, changing the identities of mouse cells.

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Stimulating Novel Neural Circuits in the Mouse Brain

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 11, 2016

With light, researchers can coax a group of neurons in the visual cortices of living mice to fire in concert.

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Neural Circuit Plays Role in Overeating

By Alison F. Takemura | August 8, 2016

Activating serotonin receptors halts a binge-like eating behavior in mice, researchers report.

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Bird Rests Both Brain Hemispheres During Flight

By Tracy Vence | August 8, 2016

Great frigatebirds can sleep while flying, researchers report.

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Do Schizophrenic Brains Repair Themselves?

By Jef Akst | August 1, 2016

Preliminary research suggests that the brains of schizophrenia patients may regain tissue mass as the illness wears on.

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Hot Off the Presses

By Bob Grant | August 1, 2016

Idiot Brain, Wild Sex, Why Diets Make Us Fat, and The Ethics of Invention

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A chloroplast mutation has dramatically affected the genomes of railside populations of Arabidopsis thaliana.

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The Death of Diets

By The Scientist Staff | August 1, 2016

Book author and neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt discusses her own struggle with her weight and the science behind breaking the cycle of gain and loss.

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The Hormones and Brain Regions Behind Eye Contact

By Robert Lavine | August 1, 2016

Can oxytocin help increase eye contact in patients with autism, thus opening up a whole new world of social interaction?

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The Genes Underlying Autism Are Coming Into Focus

By Megan Scudellari | August 1, 2016

As researchers sequence the DNA of thousands of kids with autism, dozens of genetic subgroups are emerging.

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