disease & medicine, neuroscience, cell & molecular biology
Gene Therapy Fixes Mouse Hearing
Gene Therapy Fixes Mouse Hearing
Kerry Grens | Jul 9, 2015
Expressing a gene for a component of the inner ear’s hair cells treated a form of genetic deafness.
Can We Smell A Trillion Odors?
Can We Smell A Trillion Odors?
Kerry Grens | Jul 8, 2015
A reanalysis calls into question a year-old claim that humans can decipher at least 1 trillion different scents.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Jul 1, 2015
Stoned, Anxious, The Deeper Genome, and Testosterone
New Human Brain Language Map
New Human Brain Language Map
Bob Grant | Jun 26, 2015
Researchers find that Wernicke’s area, thought to be the seat of language comprehension in the human brain for more than a century, is not.
Week in Review: June 22–26
Week in Review: June 22–26
Jef Akst | Jun 26, 2015
Neanderthal-human hybrid discovered; the neurobiology of fear behavior; and an insulin patch that responds to high glucose levels in mice
The Brain on Fear
The Brain on Fear
Ruth Williams | Jun 25, 2015
Scientists uncover the neurons in the mouse brain responsible for linking the sight of a looming object to scared behavior.
Regenerative Cardiomyocytes Found
Regenerative Cardiomyocytes Found
Kerry Grens | Jun 24, 2015
Specialized cardiac cells in the mouse heart appear to be the long-sought-after proliferative heart cells.
Extra DNA Base Discovered
Extra DNA Base Discovered
Jef Akst | Jun 23, 2015
An epigenetic variant of cytosine is stable in the genomes of living mice, suggesting a possible expansion of the DNA alphabet.
The Handedness of Cells
The Handedness of Cells
Kerry Grens | Jun 17, 2015
Actin—the bones of the cell—has a preference for swirling into a counterclockwise pattern.
Hawkmoth Brains Slow During Dusk Meals
Hawkmoth Brains Slow During Dusk Meals
Bob Grant | Jun 15, 2015
This helps the insects collect as much visual information as possible from the gently swaying flowers on which they dine.