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Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.

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image: Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender

Infographic: Searching for the Neural Basis of Gender

By Shawna Williams | March 1, 2018

Brain studies have yielded a mixed picture of the neural similarities and differences between people of different genders.

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Image of the Day: Inner Glow

By The Scientist Staff | February 26, 2018

Researchers engineered a system for bioluminescent imaging that is as much as 1,000 times stronger than existing methods.

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image: Image of the Day: Cuttlefish Camouflage

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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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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Mapping Brain Proteins

By Devika G. Bansal | February 1, 2018

Researchers are using souped-up mass spectrometry to localize proteins within brain cells.

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