cell & molecular biology, developmental biology, neuroscience
Study: Zika-Exposed Babies 50 Times More Likely to Be Born with Microcephaly
Study: Zika-Exposed Babies 50 Times More Likely to Be Born with Microcephaly
Jef Akst | Sep 16, 2016
Scientists estimate the risk to fetuses exposed to the virus in utero.
Viral Protein Boosts Muscle Mass in Male Mice
Viral Protein Boosts Muscle Mass in Male Mice
Jef Akst | Sep 14, 2016
An endogenous retrovirus that supports placenta formation in females also helps male mice build muscle, according to a study.
Curbing Alcohol Dependence by Blocking a Neural Network
Curbing Alcohol Dependence by Blocking a Neural Network
Bob Grant | Sep 11, 2016
Researchers short circuit the urge to consume alcohol in rat models of compulsive drinking by shutting down specific neurons wired to the brain’s reward system.
Week in Review: September 5–9
Week in Review: September 5–9
Jef Akst | Sep 9, 2016
Environmental magnetite in the human brain; prion structure takes shape; watching E. coli evolve in real time; learning from others’ behavior 
Specialized Neurons Encode Social Learning in Humans
Specialized Neurons Encode Social Learning in Humans
Karen Zusi | Sep 6, 2016
Activity in the anterior cingulate cortex corresponds with observing the behavior of others when their actions, or the subsequent outcomes, don’t match one’s expectation.
Environmental Magnetite in the Human Brain
Environmental Magnetite in the Human Brain
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 6, 2016
Mineral nanoparticles similar to those that have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease may enter the brain through the inhalation of polluted air.
The History of Optogenetics Revised
The History of Optogenetics Revised
Kerry Grens | Sep 1, 2016
Credit for the neuroscience technique has largely overlooked the researcher who first demonstrated the method.
Fruit Flies Feel Humidity with Dedicated Receptors
Fruit Flies Feel Humidity with Dedicated Receptors
Alison F. Takemura | Sep 1, 2016
Drosophila antennae let the insects seek out moisture levels they like best.
pH Detectors in Lamprey Spinal Cords Control Cell and Locomotor Activity
pH Detectors in Lamprey Spinal Cords Control Cell and Locomotor Activity
Alison F. Takemura | Sep 1, 2016
Neurons in the lamprey spinal cord can sense pH and counteract changes from the body’s optimal range.
Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time
Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 1, 2016
The UCLA neurobiologist uses computational modeling, in vitro electrophysiology, and human psychophysics experiments to explore how neurons and the brain as a whole perceive and respond to time.