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An Eye Scan for Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Shawna Williams | November 1, 2017

Researchers aim for a routine screen to detect the neurodegenerative disease—decades before symptoms appear.

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Contributors

By Jef Akst and Bob Grant | November 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the November 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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Fast-Tracking Sexual Maturation

By Ruth Williams | November 1, 2017

The brains and bodies of young female rats can be accelerated into puberty by the presence of an older male or by stimulation of the genitals.

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Flickers of Hope

By Anna Azvolinsky | November 1, 2017

Li-Huei Tsai began her career in cancer biology, then took a fearless leap into neuroscience, making singular breakthroughs along the way.

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Implanted Magnetic Probes Measure Brain Activity

By Ruth Williams | November 1, 2017

Micrometer-size magnetrodes detect activity-generated magnetic fields within living brains.

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Infographic: Breaking into the Brain

By Amanda B. Keener | November 1, 2017

The blood-brain barrier is a collection of specialized cells and proteins that control the movement of molecules from the blood to the central nervous system.

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Infographic: Reading the Mind’s Magnetism

By Ruth Williams | November 1, 2017

Newly designed sensors detect the magnetic fields generated by electrical activity within cat brains.

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Infographic: Understanding Our Diverse Brain

By Sara B. Linker, Tracy A. Bedrosian, and Fred H. Gage | November 1, 2017

Recent advances in single-cell omics and other techniques are revealing variation at genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, and posttranscriptomic levels.

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Kyle Smith Shines a Light on Addiction

By Shawna Williams | November 1, 2017

The Dartmouth College professor uses optogenetics to probe the neurological routes of habitual behavior.

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Lessons in Memory from a Champ

By Jef Akst | November 1, 2017

A four-time winner of the USA Memory Championship is helping scientists understand how the brain works.

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