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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By The Scientist Staff | December 1, 2017

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Optogenetic Therapies Move Closer to Clinical Use

By Shawna Williams | November 16, 2017

With a clinical trial underway to restore vision optogenetically, researchers also see promise in using the technique to treat deafness, pain, and other conditions.

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An open letter from hundreds of faculty members in the U.S. and abroad declares they won’t encourage students to pursue education or careers there.

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image: Man Receives First In Vivo Gene-Editing Therapy

Man Receives First In Vivo Gene-Editing Therapy

By Kerry Grens | November 15, 2017

The 44-year-old patient has Hunter syndrome, which doctors hope to treat using zinc finger nucleases.

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New techniques for activating or suppressing neural activity by zapping the skull’s surface allow researchers to target smaller and deeper areas of the brain.

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Research Links Gut Health to Neurodegeneration

By Jef Akst | November 13, 2017

Rodent studies presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting this week tie pathologies in the gastrointestinal tract or microbiome composition with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

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Studies Yield Clues to Roots of Gulf War Illness

By Shawna Williams | November 13, 2017

Presentations at the Society for Neuroscience meeting point to changes in neurons and connectivity between brain regions as potential components of the enigmatic condition.

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Image of the Day: Red Alert

By The Scientist Staff | November 9, 2017

Researchers unveil the neural basis of alertness in larval zebrafish.   

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image: Child Receives Transgenic Skin Over Most of His Body

Child Receives Transgenic Skin Over Most of His Body

By Ruth Williams | November 8, 2017

A combination gene-and-cell therapy has given a boy with a grievous skin disease a new lease on life, and has resolved a dermatology debate to boot.

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Image of the Day: Fragile X

By The Scientist Staff | November 7, 2017

Researchers uncover the central role of a protein linked to Fragile X Syndrome in mice, one of the leading causes of autism and intellectual disability.

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