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Opinion: Microbial Mind Control—Truth or Scare?

By Katerina Johnson | May 1, 2018

Normal brain function may have evolved to depend on gut microbes and their metabolites.

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This is the first time the precise brain cells and their connections controlling a complex behavior have been worked out. 

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Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.

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Host slugs given Prozac to increase their serotonin levels no longer avoid parasitic nematodes, the same behavior seen in infected slugs.

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Social Dominance Comes At a Cost

By Richard Kemeny | March 5, 2018

Dominant male mammals are particularly at risk of infection by parasites.

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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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Love in the Scientific Literature

By Cassandra Willyard | February 12, 2018

There are countless ways for scientists to say, “I love you.” Naming a slime-mold beetle after your wife (and another after your ex-wife) is, apparently, one of them.  

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image: Study: Facial Cues Indicate Sickness

Study: Facial Cues Indicate Sickness

By Diana Kwon | January 4, 2018

Pale skin and hanging eyelids are tell-tale signs of apparent illness.

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The DIY devices collect data and enable light stimulation, chamber agitation, and gas infusion.

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