co-evolution, neuroscience
Thousands of Mutations Accumulate in the Human Brain Over a Lifetime
Thousands of Mutations Accumulate in the Human Brain Over a Lifetime
Ruth Williams | Dec 7, 2017
Single-cell genome analyses reveal the amount of mutations a human brain cell will collect from its fetal beginnings until death.
Insects’ Neural Learning and Memory Center Discovered in Crustaceans
Insects’ Neural Learning and Memory Center Discovered in Crustaceans
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2017
Aggressive little marine predators, mantis shrimps possess a mushroom body that appears identical to the one found in insects.
Sense, Sensibility, and Neuroscience
Sense, Sensibility, and Neuroscience
Wendy Jones | Dec 1, 2017
Jane Austen can teach us a lot about how our brains handle uncertainty.
Book Excerpt from <em>Jane on the Brain</em>
Book Excerpt from Jane on the Brain
Wendy Jones | Nov 30, 2017
In chapter 3, “The Sense of Sensibility,” author Wendy Jones uses scenes from one of Jane Austen’s most celebrated novels to illustrate the functioning of the body’s stress response system.
The Next Generation of Noninvasive Brain Stimulation
The Next Generation of Noninvasive Brain Stimulation
Jef Akst | Nov 15, 2017
New techniques for activating or suppressing neural activity by zapping the skull’s surface allow researchers to target smaller and deeper areas of the brain.
Research Links Gut Health to Neurodegeneration
Research Links Gut Health to Neurodegeneration
Jef Akst | Nov 13, 2017
Rodent studies presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting this week tie pathologies in the gastrointestinal tract or microbiome composition with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Studies Yield Clues to Roots of Gulf War Illness
Studies Yield Clues to Roots of Gulf War Illness
Shawna Williams | Nov 13, 2017
Presentations at the Society for Neuroscience meeting point to changes in neurons and connectivity between brain regions as potential components of the enigmatic condition.
Image of the Day: Red Alert
Image of the Day: Red Alert
The Scientist Staff | Nov 9, 2017
Researchers unveil the neural basis of alertness in larval zebrafish.   
Image of the Day: Fragile X
Image of the Day: Fragile X
The Scientist Staff | Nov 7, 2017
Researchers uncover the central role of a protein linked to Fragile X Syndrome in mice, one of the leading causes of autism and intellectual disability.
Equivocal Findings of Alzheimer’s Trial Using Young Blood
Equivocal Findings of Alzheimer’s Trial Using Young Blood
Catherine Offord | Nov 6, 2017
A team of Stanford University researchers say that administering young people’s blood plasma to Alzheimer’s patients could improve cognitive function, but the results have been criticized.