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Simplified Magnetogenetics

By Jef Akst | March 25, 2016

A new technique allows researchers to rapidly and reversibly activate neurons with a magnetically sensitive protein.

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Recovering Lost Memories

By Jef Akst | March 21, 2016

Researchers use optogenetics to induce recall in an Alzheimer’s mouse model, suggesting the disease may not destroy memories permanently.

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Observing Nascent Neurons in Action

By Catherine Offord | March 14, 2016

Scientists image the activity of adult-born neurons in the brains of waking mice, and reveal roles for the cells in learning and memory.

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Zika Infects Neural Progenitors

By Ruth Williams | March 4, 2016

Scientists provide a potential biological link between Zika virus infection and microcephaly.

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Brain Prize Winners Announced

By Catherine Offord | March 3, 2016

Three UK neuroscientists jointly win the €1 million European Brain Prize for their work on memory.

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Christina Schmidt: Chronobiology Crusader

By Karen Zusi | March 1, 2016

Research Fellow, Cyclotron Research Center, University of Liège. Age: 35

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Contributors

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the March 2016 issue of The Scientist.

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In Your Dreams

By David Gelernter | March 1, 2016

Understanding the sleeping brain may be the key to unlocking the secrets of the human mind.

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Learning with the Lights Out

By Jenny Rood | March 1, 2016

Researchers are uncovering the link between sleep and learning and how it changes throughout our lives.

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Out in the Cold

By Karen Zusi | March 1, 2016

Serotonin’s long-debated role in sleep promotion is temperature-dependent.

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