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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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Detecting Protein Clumps

By Ruth Williams | February 1, 2018

A synthetic genetic tool called yTRAP allows high-throughput detection of protein aggregates in cells.  


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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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Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses

By Ruth Williams | January 31, 2018

Studies in mice suggest that other flaviviruses, such as West Nile virus and Powassan virus, may cause birth defects, too. 


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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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Image of the Day: Muscle Bouquet 

By The Scientist Staff | January 16, 2018

Lab-grown muscle stem cells from mice mimic the formation of muscle fibers in vivo. 


The BMJ inquiry finds that researchers presented only select results from animal experiments when applying for funding and approval for human trials.


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Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses

By Catherine Offord | January 5, 2018

Signaling pathways triggered by the mother’s immune system may cause complications during fetal development.

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Alcohol Damages Mouse DNA

By Jef Akst | January 3, 2018

A byproduct of alcohol consumption causes mutations in the DNA of mouse blood stem cells, and some of the breaks are not repaired.


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