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The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2018 issue of The Scientist.


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Mapping Brain Proteins

By Devika G. Bansal | February 1, 2018

Researchers are using souped-up mass spectrometry to localize proteins within brain cells.


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Virtual Reality May Revolutionize Brain Science

By Ashley Yeager | February 1, 2018

New technology could open doors for researchers studying animals’ most complex organ.


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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2018

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.


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“Retired” Mice Find New Life as Top Models for Autism

By Jessica Wright | January 29, 2018

After years of obscurity, strains of mice with mutations in particular genes are thrust to the fore of autism research.


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Book Excerpt from Swearing is Good for You

By Emma Byrne | January 24, 2018

In chapter 1, “The Bad Language Brain: Neuroscience and Swearing,” author Emma Byrne sets the scene for her book by telling the story of the hapless and potty-mouthed Phineas Gage.


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Learning Opens the Genome

By Ruth Williams | January 17, 2018

Researchers map learning-induced chromatin alterations in mouse brain cells, and find that many affect autism-associated genes.

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In mice and flies, the Arc protein forms capsids and carries genetic information.


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Image of the Day: Minions of the Cicada 

By The Scientist Staff | January 9, 2018

Scientists study the unusual genome evolution of the bacteria that live within a genus of cicadas. 


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