Worm Parents Pass on Behaviors Epigenetically to Offspring
Worm Parents Pass on Behaviors Epigenetically to Offspring
Two research groups demonstrate that in Caenorhabditis elegans, behavioral traits can be passed down through the germline to future generations, even though they aren’t hard-wired.
Worm Parents Pass on Behaviors Epigenetically to Offspring
Worm Parents Pass on Behaviors Epigenetically to Offspring

Two research groups demonstrate that in Caenorhabditis elegans, behavioral traits can be passed down through the germline to future generations, even though they aren’t hard-wired.

Two research groups demonstrate that in Caenorhabditis elegans, behavioral traits can be passed down through the germline to future generations, even though they aren’t hard-wired.

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Worm Parents Pass on Behaviors Epigenetically to Offspring
Worm Parents Pass on Behaviors Epigenetically to Offspring
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 7, 2019
Two research groups demonstrate that in Caenorhabditis elegans, behavioral traits can be passed down through the germline to future generations, even though they aren’t hard-wired.
Autism Symptoms May Improve with Modification of Hormone Pathway
Autism Symptoms May Improve with Modification of Hormone Pathway
Catherine Offord | May 2, 2019
Two clinical trials that altered vasopressin signaling report improved social functions in people with autism spectrum disorder, but researchers caution against overinterpreting the results.
Why Chimpanzees Have Big Testes, and Mandrills Have Small Ones
Why Chimpanzees Have Big Testes, and Mandrills Have Small Ones
Katarina Zimmer | Apr 16, 2019
For primates, males’ fancier ornaments are linked with smaller testes, according to a new comparative study.
Cats Perk Up at the Sound of Their Own Names
Cats Perk Up at the Sound of Their Own Names
Carolyn Wilke | Apr 5, 2019
The familiar word elicits a twitch of the ears or swish of the tail, suggesting felines can distinguish their names from other words.
Thirst and Drinking Spark Widespread Activity in the Mouse Brain
Thirst and Drinking Spark Widespread Activity in the Mouse Brain
Ruth Williams | Apr 4, 2019
Researchers have recorded tens of thousands of brain cells in mice as the animals transitioned from feeling thirsty to quenched.
Sleep Deprivation Hardly Harms Fruit Flies
Sleep Deprivation Hardly Harms Fruit Flies
Kerry Grens | Feb 21, 2019
Some individuals sleep just minutes a day. And keeping flies awake does not have untoward effects on longevity.
Honeybees Enter Virtual Reality So Scientists Can Study Their Brains
Honeybees Enter Virtual Reality So Scientists Can Study Their Brains
Jess Romeo | Feb 14, 2019
Researchers record neurological changes in a region called the mushroom body in the brains of bees completing a maze in a virtual environment.
Image of the Day: Prickly Legs
Image of the Day: Prickly Legs
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 5, 2019
Froghopper insects gain traction on smooth plant leaves by piercing them with tiny spikes.
Effects of Antidepressants Span Three Generations in Fish
Effects of Antidepressants Span Three Generations in Fish
Diana Kwon | Dec 10, 2018
Fluoxetine dampened stress responses in zebrafish embryos exposed to the drug—and their descendants.
How One Wild Dolphin’s Trick Became a Fad
How One Wild Dolphin’s Trick Became a Fad
Ashley Yeager | Dec 1, 2018
After release from rehab, bottlenose Billie started walking on water with her tail. Studying how the behavior spread could offer clues about how animals learn from each other.
Goats Prefer Happy Human Faces
Goats Prefer Happy Human Faces
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2018
Like dogs and horses, goats can discern happy from angry facial expressions. But whether these animals possess empathy remains unclear.
Jumping Spiders Produce Milk to Feed Their Young
Jumping Spiders Produce Milk to Feed Their Young
Diana Kwon | Nov 29, 2018
Without access to their mothers’ milk, Toxeus magnus offspring die within the first 10 days of life.
Dorothy Cheney, Pioneer in Social Cognition, Dies
Dorothy Cheney, Pioneer in Social Cognition, Dies
Kerry Grens | Nov 19, 2018
Her work changed the discipline by bringing rigorous experimentation to field studies of monkeys and baboons.
Pesticide Exposure Alters Bumblebees’ Behavior in Their Nests
Pesticide Exposure Alters Bumblebees’ Behavior in Their Nests
Ruth Williams | Nov 8, 2018
A high-tech approach to monitoring bee activity inside the nest reveals how the neonicotinoid imidacloprid impairs colony growth.
When Should Service Dogs Be Admitted into the Lab?
When Should Service Dogs Be Admitted into the Lab?
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2018
Becoming a neuroscientist with a service dog by your side presents numerous challenges. Joey Ramp, who went back to college to study her own post-traumatic stress disorder, is learning this the hard way.
Image of the Day: Wildebeest Fitness Tracker
Image of the Day: Wildebeest Fitness Tracker
Kerry Grens | Oct 25, 2018
Data gathered from GPS-equipped collars show the animals walk long distances over days without stopping for a drink.
Image of the Day: Clubbing
Image of the Day: Clubbing
Kerry Grens | Oct 19, 2018
Mantis shrimps’ remarkably swift kicks come from springs built into their dactyl clubs.
Nicotine’s Effects Passed On Through Generations of Mice
Nicotine’s Effects Passed On Through Generations of Mice
Kerry Grens | Oct 16, 2018
Male rodents exposed to nicotine had changes in sperm genome methylation and produced pups and grandpups with abnormal behavior.
Image of the Day: Swish Swish
Image of the Day: Swish Swish
Kerry Grens | Oct 16, 2018
Animals’ tails swat away insects using both wind and whack.
Bees Stopped Buzzing During the 2017 Eclipse
Bees Stopped Buzzing During the 2017 Eclipse
Catherine Offord | Oct 11, 2018
The insects fell silent as the moon cast a shadow over parts of North America last summer, researchers report.