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Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size

By Abby Olena | May 31, 2018

Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.

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Genetic adaptations for human brain development also make us vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.  

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Patent On Autism Genetic Test May Stifle Science

By Jessica Wright | May 30, 2018

LabCorp might be able to charge a licensing fee to any scientists who wish to sequence the gene HOMER1 in people who may have autism.

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Image of the Day: Agar Art

By Sukanya Charuchandra | May 30, 2018

The American Society for Microbiology held its 4th contest for images created from microorganisms feeding on agar. 

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Researchers have been using ultrasound to control brain activity, but studies in mice and guinea pigs show it also stimulates the auditory system, presenting a confounder for direct neural stimulation.

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Deep Brain Stimulation Boosts Insulin Sensitivity

By Shawna Williams | May 24, 2018

One patient with diabetes was able to reduce his medication use while receiving targeted electrical pulses.

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What Made Human Brains So Big?

By Ashley Yeager | May 24, 2018

Ecological challenges such as finding food and creating fire may have led the organ to become abnormally large, a new computer model suggests.

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The finding confirms that a cluster of cells that directs the fate of other cells in the developing embryo is evolutionarily conserved across the animal kingdom.

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Could a Dose of Sunshine Make You Smarter?

By Ruth Williams | May 17, 2018

Moderate ultraviolet light exposure boosts the brainpower of mice thanks to increased production of the neurotransmitter glutamate.  

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Researchers find a link between molecules released by commensal bacteria and the degree of inflammation in a mouse model of MS.

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