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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | December 1, 2015

Welcome to the Microbiome, The Paradox of Evolution, Newton's Apple, and Dawn of the Neuron.

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Family Ties

By Mary Beth Aberlin | December 1, 2015

There’s more to inheritance than genes.

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Jungle Field Trip

By The Scientist Staff | December 1, 2015

Travel to remote rain forests in Papua New Guinea with researchers from The Nature Conservancy who are working with native people to characterize ecosystems there using sound.

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The Regenerator

By Anna Azvolinsky | December 1, 2015

In his search for effective therapies for Parkinson’s disease, Lorenz Studer is uncovering pluripotency switches and clues to what makes cells age.

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Urban Owl-Fitters

By Jef Akst | December 1, 2015

How birds with an innate propensity for living among humans are establishing populations in cities

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BRCA1 Linked to Alzheimer’s

By Jef Akst | November 30, 2015

The cancer-related protein BRCA1 is important for learning and memory in mice and is depleted in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, according to a study.

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Spiders, Prey Leave DNA

By Bob Grant | November 30, 2015

A study of black widow spiders suggests that the arachnids leave traces of their own genetic material and DNA from prey in their sticky webs.

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Cortical Census

By Ruth Williams | November 26, 2015

Scientists document the characteristics and connections of mouse neocortical neurons to establish the most detailed microcircuit map to date.

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Gut Bugs to Brain: You’re Stuffed

By Kerry Grens | November 24, 2015

Bacteria in the intestine produce proteins that stop rodents from eating.

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Opinion: Brain Scans in the Courtroom

By Andreas Kuersten | November 23, 2015

Advances in neuroimaging have improved our understanding of the brain, but the resulting data do little to help judges and juries determine criminal culpability.

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