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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 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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Equivocal Findings of Alzheimer’s Trial Using Young Blood

By Catherine Offord | November 6, 2017

A team of Stanford University researchers say that administering young people’s blood plasma to Alzheimer’s patients could improve cognitive function, but the results have been criticized.

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Ecologists Welcome Seventh Great Ape Species into Our Family

By Katarina Zimmer | November 2, 2017

The Tapanuli orangutan has been identified as the newest species of great ape, but also likely the most endangered. 

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Image of the Day: Neurons Unveiled

By The Scientist Staff | November 2, 2017

Researchers have succeeded in mapping the complex paths of 300 neurons in the mouse brain.

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In people with epilepsy, transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) does not affect memory-related brainwaves as widely claimed, researchers report.

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Opinion: How to Define Cell Type

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

Advances in single-cell technologies have revealed vast differences between cells once thought to be in the same category, calling into question how we define cell type in the first place.

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