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Bats May Have Taken on Viruses To Stay in Flight

By Ashley Yeager | February 23, 2018

Dampening the immune response to stay up in the air may have helped bats become tolerant to viral infections.

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Infants whose moms received the shots when they were pregnant were no more at risk of dying or being hospitalized than other babies. 

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Image of the Day: Cuttlefish Camouflage

By The Scientist Staff | February 16, 2018

The cephalopod’s unique ability to disguise itself relies on a single motor nerve exclusively dedicated to skin tension and papillary control.

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A closer moon and ideal coastal conditions for tide pool formation may have started the evolutionary transition of tetrapods.

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Poecilia formosa, an all-female fish species, has a surprisingly robust genome. 

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Image of the Day: Mantis Glasses

By The Scientist Staff | February 9, 2018

Researchers outfitted praying mantises with miniature spectacles to investigate how they see the world. 

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Gene Expression Overlaps Among Psychiatric Disorders

By Ashley P. Taylor | February 8, 2018

Transcriptional profiling of post-mortem human brains reveals commonalities in the genes over- and under-expressed in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and major depression. 

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Researchers develop a new technique to selectively activate neurons deep in the rodent brain, taking a step toward noninvasive brain stimulation for neurological disorders.

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The compound, BCI-838, is already in human clinical trials as a possible treatment for depression.

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The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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