chronic pain, genetics & genomics, neuroscience
Pregnancy May Remodel the Brain’s Social Cognition Regions
Pregnancy May Remodel the Brain’s Social Cognition Regions
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 20, 2016
Reductions in the volume of gray matter in specific regions appear to represent synaptic pruning, a new study suggests, that tunes a mother’s brain to childcare.
New Species of 2016
New Species of 2016
Jef Akst | Dec 16, 2016
From a new Tyrannosaurus and many other dinosaurs to all of the living species named this year, researchers continue to chip away at the planet’s unknown biodiversity.
Slideshow: New Species of 2016
Slideshow: New Species of 2016
Jef Akst | Dec 16, 2016
A look at some of the species named this year
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Show Signs of Donor Age
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Show Signs of Donor Age
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 12, 2016
iPSCs created through the reprogramming of human somatic cells retain genomic marks of the donor’s age.
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Phages Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Abby Olena | Dec 8, 2016
Researchers find evidence of antibiotic resistance genes in the DNA of viruses that infect bacteria.
Retrieving Short-Term Memories
Retrieving Short-Term Memories
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 1, 2016
Neurons can continue to capture a short-term memory without continuous firing, researchers show.  
Vlad Denic on Exploring New Fields and Failing Successfully
Vlad Denic on Exploring New Fields and Failing Successfully
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 1, 2016
The Harvard professor is pursuing fundamental questions about autophagy, protein homeostasis, and other cellular processes, and he’s always on the lookout for his next new topic.
Opinion: Not All Genetic Databases Are Equal
Opinion: Not All Genetic Databases Are Equal
Charles M. Strom | Dec 1, 2016
Sorting out which data sets are clinical-grade is key to helping patients.
Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”
Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2016
Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.
The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?
The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2016
Researchers are abandoning the concept of a list of genes sequenced from a single individual, instead aiming for a way to describe all the genetic variation within a species.