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Cigarette Smoking Leads to Coke?

By Jef Akst | November 4, 2011

Nicotine may alter the brain’s response to cocaine, supporting the idea that the legal drug may serve as a "gateway" to the use of illegal substances.


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New Genes, New Brain

By Cristina Luiggi | October 19, 2011

A bevy of genes known to be active during human fetal and infant development first appeared at the same time that the prefrontal cortex—the area of the brain associated with human intelligence and personality—took shape in primates.


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Next Generation: Microfluidics for the Dish

By Kerry Grens | October 4, 2011

A new device for directing fluids is designed to deliver chemical cues directly to petri dishes without disturbing cells.


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By Edyta Zeilinska | October 1, 2011

Read about beginnings of neuroscience through the eyes of Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel, and how researchers today envision the future of the field.


. . . And Many Happy Returns

By Mary Beth Aberlin | October 1, 2011

To the great scientific leaps witnessed during our first 25 years, and the game changers yet to come.


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A Not-So-Short Circuit?

By Edyta Zielinska | October 1, 2011

As neuroscientists look to the future of their field, they are beginning to delve into more complex factors that define our emotions and intentions.


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Book Excerpt from Future Science: Essays From the Cutting Edge

By Darlene Francis and Daniela Kaufer | October 1, 2011

In an essay entitled "Nurture, Nature, and the Stress That is Life," neurobiologists Darlene Francis and Daniela Kaufer envision a future where science moves past the nature vs. nurture debate in considering differences in human behavioral responses to stress.


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Interview: Speaking of Memory

By Edyta Zielinska | October 1, 2011

Considered a renegade by his peers, Nobel Prize-winner Eric Kandel used a simple model to probe the neural circuitry of memory.


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Kandel on Neuroscience

By Edyta Zielinska | October 1, 2011

Eric Kandel, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his work on signal transduction in the nervous system, chats about the ever-changing field of neuroscience, funding, his students, and what he hopes science will accomplish.


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Animal Electricity, circa 1781

By Jessica P. Johnson | September 28, 2011

How an Italian scientist doing Frankenstein-like experiments on dead frogs discovered that the body is powered by electrical impulses.


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