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OPSINS: Tools of the trade

By Edward S. Boyden | July 1, 2011

The optogenetic toolset is composed of genetically encoded molecules that, when targeted to specific neurons in the brain, enable the electrical activity of those neurons to be driven or silenced by light. 

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A Scar Nobly Got

By Michael Willrich | July 1, 2011

The story of the US government’s efforts to stamp out smallpox in the early 20th century offers insights into the science and practice of mass vaccination.

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Capsule Reviews

By Richard P. Grant | July 1, 2011

Solar, The Dark X, The Sky's Dark Labyrinth, Spiral

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

By Cristina Luiggi | July 1, 2011

Eleanor Simpson on how dopamine helps rats learn and may lead humans to addiction.

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Best in Academia, 2011

By The Scientist Staff | July 1, 2011

Meet some of the finalists of this year's Best Places to Work in Academia survey. 

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Book excerpt from Pox: An American History

By Michael Willrich | July 1, 2011

In Chapter 5, "The Stable and the Laboratory," author Michael Willrich explores the burgeoning vaccine manufacture industry that ramped up to combat smallpox epidemics in turn-of-the-twentieth-century American cities.

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Foresight

By Karen Hopkin | July 1, 2011

Studying the earliest events in visual development, Carla Shatz has learned the importance of looking at one’s data with open eyes—and an open mind.

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Optogenetics: A Light Switch for Neurons

By Edward S. Boyden | July 1, 2011

This animation illustrates optogenetics—a radical new technology for controlling brain activity with light. 

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Scientist to Watch

By Alison McCook | July 1, 2011

“This is my trophy,” says biologist Michael Edidin, walking across his office at Johns Hopkins University to pick up two oversized clock hands, once part of the stately clock tower that still stands on the Baltimore campus. 

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Speaking of Science

By N/A | July 1, 2011

July 2011's selection of notable quotes

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