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Water Level in a Cell Can Determine Its Fate

By Kerry Grens | September 27, 2017

Adding or removing water changes how stem cells differentiate.

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The Cellular Hallmarks of Consciousness

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 21, 2017

Recording from single neurons of epilepsy patients, neuroscientists show that both the strength and timing of neuronal firing are important to consciously perceive a visual object. 

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image: CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function

CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function

By Ashley P. Taylor | September 20, 2017

OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.

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A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.

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Decoding the Tripping Brain

By Diana Kwon | September 1, 2017

Scientists are beginning to unravel the mechanisms behind the therapeutic effects of psychedelic drugs.

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Do Microbes Trigger Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Jill U. Adams | September 1, 2017

The once fringe idea is gaining traction among the scientific community.

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Emerging evidence links bacterial or viral infection with the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Infographic: The Brain on Psychedelics

By Diana Kwon | September 1, 2017

Understanding how hallucinogenic drugs affect different neural networks could shed light on their therapeutic potential.

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Neurons That Recognize Tone Identified

By Shawna Williams | August 28, 2017

The cells are crucial to detecting emphasis, sarcasm, and uptalk in human conversation.

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Image of the Day: Rainbow Matter

By The Scientist Staff | August 14, 2017

Using diffusion-weighted tractography, scientists can produce a detailed image of the minute neural fibers within a mouse brain.  

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