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What Causes Alzheimer’s?

By W. Sue T. Griffin | September 1, 2011

Researchers and pharma companies have tried to attack this disease by reducing amyloid plaques, but inflammation may be the real culprit.

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Seeing Through Mice

By Jef Akst | September 1, 2011

A new technique for turning mouse fetuses transparent offers a literal window into the brain.

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Art + Science Now

By Bob Grant | September 1, 2011

The book that serves as bio art's encyclopedia.

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Beyond Expectation

By Karen Hopkin | September 1, 2011

Philippa “Pippa” Marrack has made some unanticipated discoveries about how the immune system functions in health and disease.

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Octophilosophy

By Katherine Bagley | September 1, 2011

When it comes to studying cephalopod brains and behavior, it helps to have a philosopher around.

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To Pee or Not to Pee

By Richard P. Grant | September 1, 2011

Have researchers found the seat of urination control in a primitive brain region?

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Hold That Thought

By Mary Beth Aberlin | September 1, 2011

In the memory circuits of the aging brain and the signaling pathways of pain, science is trading mystery for mastery.

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Piggyback Pathogen

By Jessica P. Johnson | September 1, 2011

Editor’s Choice in Immunology

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Puncturing the Myth

By Geoffrey Burnstock | September 1, 2011

Purinergic signaling, not mystical energy, may explain how acupuncture works.

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The Cytokine Cycle

By W. Sue T. Griffin | September 1, 2011

The initiating cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown. However, from our studies it’s clear that many types of neuronal damage—­­from traumatic brain injury, to epilepsy, infection, or genetic predisposition—­can activate brain immune cells—microglia and astrocytes-- promoting them to produce IL-1 and S100 inflammatory cytokines.

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