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Embryo Watch

By Jef Akst | May 5, 2016

A new culture system allows researchers to track the development of human embryos in vitro for nearly two weeks.

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Cellular Pruning Follows Adult Neurogenesis

By Kerry Grens | May 2, 2016

Newly formed neurons in the adult mouse brain oversprout and get cut back.


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Next Generation: Toward Synthetic Neural Tissue

By Catherine Offord | April 1, 2016

Scientists produce a tissue-like material containing hundreds of light-activated compartments that transmits an electrical signal when illuminated.


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A Gut Feeling

By The Scientist Staff | April 1, 2016

See profilee Hans Clevers discuss his work with stem cells and cancer in the small intestine.


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Guts and Glory

By Anna Azvolinsky | April 1, 2016

An open mind and collaborative spirit have taken Hans Clevers on a journey from medicine to developmental biology, gastroenterology, cancer, and stem cells.

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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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Adjustable Brain Cells

By Ruth Williams | February 18, 2016

Neighboring neurons can manipulate astrocytes. 

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Cocaine Induces Neuronal Autophagy

By Jef Akst | January 19, 2016

A new study supports the idea that cocaine triggers brain cells to eat themselves and suggests a possible antidote.


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Top Technical Advances 2015

By Kerry Grens | December 24, 2015

The Scientist’s choice of major improvements in imaging, optogenetics, single-cell analyses, and CRISPR


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The Cyclopes of Idaho, 1950s

By Karen Zusi | December 1, 2015

A rash of deformed lambs eventually led to the creation of a cancer-fighting agent.


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