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Neuroprosthetics

By Eric C. Leuthardt, Jarod L. Roland, and Wilson Z. Ray | November 1, 2014

Linking the human nervous system to computers is providing unprecedented control of artificial limbs and restoring lost sensory function.

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Leader in Birdsong Research Dies

By Kerry Grens | October 29, 2014

Allison Doupe, a neuroscientist known for her work exploring the neural mechanisms of learning, has passed away.

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Tumor Exosomes Make microRNAs

By Kerry Grens | October 27, 2014

Cellular blebs shed by tumor cells can process short stretches of RNA that go on to induce tumor formation in neighboring cells.

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Lab Shakers: Usage and Trends

By The Scientist Marketing Team | October 22, 2014

A survey of The Scientist readers identifies product trends and developments in laboratory shakers.

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Still There

By Jef Akst | October 20, 2014

Researchers identify brain activity patterns that may indicate when an unresponsive patient is conscious.

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Neuro-Insights into Holding It

By Jef Akst | October 17, 2014

Scientists reveal the neural underpinnings—and muscles tightly linked with—the involuntary flexing of the pelvic floor, which comprises muscles that help us delay urination.

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Week in Review: October 13–17

By Jef Akst | October 17, 2014

Snail not extinct after all; results too good to be true?; mice need myelin production for motor learning; keeping the brain young; the evolution of archaea

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Myelin’s Role in Motor Learning

By Ashley P. Taylor | October 16, 2014

The production of new myelin in the brain—a function of non-neuronal glial cells—may be necessary for motor learning, a mouse study shows.

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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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Lab-Made Insulin-Secreting Cells

By Bob Grant | October 13, 2014

Researchers craft hormone-producing pancreas cells from human embryonic stem cells, paving the way for a cell therapy to treat diabetes.

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