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Mice who get less attention from their mothers have more copies of a common retrotransposon in the genomes of their hippocampal neurons.

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Infographic: Understanding Our Diverse Brain

By Sara B. Linker, Tracy A. Bedrosian, and Fred H. Gage | November 1, 2017

Recent advances in single-cell omics and other techniques are revealing variation at genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, and posttranscriptomic levels.

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Advancing Techniques Reveal the Brain’s Impressive Diversity

By Sara B. Linker, Tracy A. Bedrosian, and Fred H. Gage | November 1, 2017

No two neurons are alike. What does that mean for brain function?

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Male mice exposed to females, their urine, or a chemical in their urine lost sensory neurons in their vomeronasal organs that respond to that chemical.

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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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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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Golden Goose Awards for Unusual Research

By Karen Zusi | September 16, 2015

This year’s honors go to researchers who mapped human populations, showed spots to cats, and offered children marshmallows to examine the kids’ patience and self-control.

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Epigenetic Mechanism Tunes Brain Cells

By Amanda B. Keener | July 2, 2015

Regular replacement of histones in human and murine neurons is required for neuronal plasticity, a study shows.

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Genome Digest

By Jenny Rood | April 16, 2015

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Turning Back the Brain’s Clock

By Anna Azvolinsky | October 15, 2014

The brain’s ability to make new neural connections can be restored in mice by blocking a protein that normally acts as a natural brake on neuroplasticity. 

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