cardiomyocytes, neuroscience, disease & medicine
Music on the Mind
Music on the Mind
Jef Akst | Mar 13, 2014
Three new studies delve into humans’ creation and perception of music.
Seeing with Sound
Seeing with Sound
Jef Akst | Mar 10, 2014
Converting sights to sounds reveals that the brains of congenitally blind people respond similarly to various objects as those of subjects who can see.
Biomarkers Predict Future Cognitive Impairment
Biomarkers Predict Future Cognitive Impairment
Tracy Vence | Mar 9, 2014
A blood test can predict whether an asymptomatic older adult will develop cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease within two to three years, a study shows.
More Mutations in Girls with Autism
More Mutations in Girls with Autism
Kerry Grens | Mar 4, 2014
A greater number of genetic mutations among autistic girls, compared to their male counterparts, suggests that the female brain can better handle such variations.  
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2014
The Sixth Extinction, Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love, Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why, and Ten Thousand Birds
Week in Review: February 24–28
Week in Review: February 24–28
Tracy Vence | Feb 28, 2014
New PLOS data sharing rules; mouse cortical connectome published; reprogramming astrocytes into neurons and fibroblasts into hepatocytes
Next Generation: Seeing Brain Tumors
Next Generation: Seeing Brain Tumors
Jef Akst | Feb 27, 2014
A new camera system supports the visualization of gliomas stained with Tumor Paint, a chlorotoxin-based imaging agent that’s currently in clinical trials.
New Cortical Connectome Online
New Cortical Connectome Online
Kerry Grens | Feb 27, 2014
Researchers offer a freely available map of the connections throughout the mouse cortex.  
Making New Spinal Neurons
Making New Spinal Neurons
Ed Yong | Feb 25, 2014
With a single gene, scientists reprogram supporting cells in the spines of living mice into new neurons.
Preventing Fear
Preventing Fear
Jef Akst | Feb 24, 2014
Scientists identify hippocampal neurons involved in encoding fear in mice.