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The Stanford University psychiatrist and neuroscientist known for his contributions to optogenetics and tissue clearing is awarded €4 million by the Fresenius Research Prize.

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Binge-Eating Neurons Identified

By Jef Akst | May 26, 2017

Inducing activity in the zona incerta region of the brain prompts mice to gorge themselves.

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Smarty Genes

By Ashley P. Taylor | May 23, 2017

Scientists have identified 40 new genes linked to human intelligence.

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Image of the Day: Missing Pieces

By The Scientist Staff | May 12, 2017

Researchers made a 3-D reconstruction of one of neurobiology's most famous brains—that of Henry Gustav Molaison (HM).

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Computers That Can Smell

By Kerry Grens | May 1, 2017

Teams of modelers compete to develop algorithms for estimating how people will perceive a particular odor from its molecular characteristics.

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Contributors

By Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the May 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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Glia Guru

By Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2017

Ben Barres recast glial cells from supporting actors to star performers, crucial for synaptic plasticity in the brain and for preventing neurodegenerative disorders.

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Myelin Basics

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2017

May Profilee Ben Barres of Stanford University discusses how understanding the basic biology of myelination could help patients with multiple sclerosis and other diseases.

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Understanding Body Ownership and Agency

By Roman Liepelt and Jack Brooks | May 1, 2017

Understanding how people recognize and control their own bodies could help researchers develop therapies for those who’ve lost their sense of self.

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Developing Brains in Dishes

By Ashley P. Taylor | April 26, 2017

Two studies report methods to mimic human fetal brain development using neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells that form 3-D, brain-like structures. 

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