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Viviana Gradinaru: Clearing the Way

By Kerry Grens | December 1, 2014

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech. Age: 33

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Clearly a Mouse

By Kerry Grens | December 1, 2014

December 2014's Scientist to Watch, Viviana Gradinaru, helped develop CLARITY, a method for making transparent mice.

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Neuroimaging Graces Times Square

By Kerry Grens | November 26, 2014

A film showcasing stunning images of brain structures is lighting up New York City billboards for three minutes each night.

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Brain Structure Rediscovered

By Jef Akst | November 20, 2014

First described in the late 19th century, then lost from the literature for more than 100 years, the vertical occipital fasciculus appears to be important in visual processing.

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Mother’s Microbes Protect Baby’s Brain

By Ruth Williams | November 19, 2014

Bacteria in the gut of a pregnant mouse strengthen the blood-brain barrier of her developing fetus.

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Monkeys Learn to Steer Wheelchair

By Jef Akst | November 19, 2014

A brain-computer interface uses the animals’ brain activity to steer them to a food reward.

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Neurons Regenerate in Rat Spinal Cord

By Jef Akst | November 18, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, demonstrate that neural progenitor cells grafted into injured rat spinal cords can grow long axons and connect to host neurons.

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Dangers of Eating During Sleep Time

By Jef Akst | November 18, 2014

A mouse study shows that eating at the wrong time of day can impact hippocampal function.

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Maternal Inflammation Impacts Offspring

By Jef Akst | November 17, 2014

A mom’s stress could lead to changes in her offspring’s brains that can affect the physiology and behavior of the young, researchers report at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.   

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Mapping the Emotional Body

By Jef Akst | November 17, 2014

Researchers studying neurons that respond to gentle touch reveal that people find strokes on another person's back and shoulder more pleasurable than strokes to the forearm and hand.

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