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Decoding the Tripping Brain
Decoding the Tripping Brain
Diana Kwon | Sep 1, 2017
Scientists are beginning to unravel the mechanisms behind the therapeutic effects of psychedelic drugs.
Uncovering Functions of Circular RNAs
Uncovering Functions of Circular RNAs
Catherine Offord | Jul 17, 2017
Recent research has revealed many surprises about circular RNAs, from findings that they are translated in vivo to links between their expression and disease.
Building Nanoscale Structures with DNA
Building Nanoscale Structures with DNA
Arun Richard Chandrasekaran | Jul 17, 2017
The versatility of geometric shapes made from the nucleic acid are proving useful in a wide variety of fields from molecular computation to biology to medicine.
Your Body Is Teeming with Weed Receptors
Your Body Is Teeming with Weed Receptors
Megan Scudellari | Jul 17, 2017
And the same endocannabinoid system that translates marijuana's buzz-inducing compounds into a high plays crucial roles in health and disease outside the brain.
The Celiac Surge
The Celiac Surge
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2017
A rapid increase in the global incidence of the condition has researchers scrambling to understand the causes of the trend, and cope with the consequences.
Running on Empty
Running on Empty
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2017
Regularly taking breaks from eating—for hours or days—can trigger changes both expected, such as in metabolic dynamics and inflammation, and surprising, as in immune system function and cancer progression.
Plastic Pollutants Pervade Water and Land
Plastic Pollutants Pervade Water and Land
Ee Ling Ng | Jun 1, 2017
Contamination of marine and terrestrial ecosystems by microplastics is putting individual organisms at risk.
Understanding Body Ownership and Agency
Understanding Body Ownership and Agency
Roman Liepelt and Jack Brooks | May 1, 2017
Understanding how people recognize and control their own bodies could help researchers develop therapies for those who’ve lost their sense of self.
The Proteasome: A Powerful Target for Manipulating Protein Levels
The Proteasome: A Powerful Target for Manipulating Protein Levels
John Hines and Craig M. Crews | May 1, 2017
The proteasome’s ability to target and degrade specific proteins is proving useful to researchers studying protein function or developing treatments for diseases.
Evolution’s Quick Pace Affects Ecosystem Dynamics
Evolution’s Quick Pace Affects Ecosystem Dynamics
Jef Akst | May 1, 2017
From fish harvests to cottonwood forests, organisms display evidence that species change can occur on timescales that can influence ecological processes.