DNA sequencing, neuroscience, evolution
Developing Brains in Dishes
Developing Brains in Dishes
Ashley P. Taylor | Apr 26, 2017
Two studies report methods to mimic human fetal brain development using neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells that form 3-D, brain-like structures. 
Texas Education Board Reaches Compromise on Science Standards
Texas Education Board Reaches Compromise on Science Standards
Kerry Grens | Apr 24, 2017
The state’s board of education approves new standards that ease up on having students dig into scientific issues relevant to “intelligent design” arguments.
Scientists Stretch Neurons to Image Fine Structures
Scientists Stretch Neurons to Image Fine Structures
Kerry Grens | Apr 18, 2017
A double-expansion technique embeds brain tissue in the absorbent material of diapers to stretch out cells for easier visualization.
Migratory Eels Use Magnetoreception
Migratory Eels Use Magnetoreception
Kerry Grens | Apr 14, 2017
In laboratory experiments that simulated oceanic conditions, the fish responded to magnetic fields, a sensory input that may aid migration.
Scientists Identify More-Precise Neural Correlates of Dreaming
Scientists Identify More-Precise Neural Correlates of Dreaming
Ashley P. Taylor | Apr 10, 2017
By examining brainwave patterns in a posterior cortical area, scientists can predict when people are dreaming.
Reprogrammed Glia Improve Symptoms in a Mouse Model of Parkinson’s
Reprogrammed Glia Improve Symptoms in a Mouse Model of Parkinson’s
Diana Kwon | Apr 10, 2017
By converting glial cells into dopaminergic neurons, scientists were able to partially rescue motor behavior in mice.
Image of the Day: Long-Distance Messaging
Image of the Day: Long-Distance Messaging
The Scientist Staff | Apr 6, 2017
After an inflammatory injury occurs in the brain, astrocytes release extracellular vesicles that travel to the liver and trigger an immune response.
New Giant Virus Group Reported
New Giant Virus Group Reported
Diana Kwon | Apr 6, 2017
A genomic analysis of “Klosneuviruses” suggests that they evolved from small viruses that accumulated genetic material over time, but not all virologists are convinced. 
Image of the Day: Tail Eyes
Image of the Day: Tail Eyes
The Scientist Staff | Apr 2, 2017
Following treatment with a migraine drug, blind tadpoles were able to process visual information through eyes transplanted onto their tails.
Paralyzed Man Moves Arm with Neuroprosthetic
Paralyzed Man Moves Arm with Neuroprosthetic
Jef Akst | Mar 30, 2017
Two chips implanted in a quadriplegic patient’s motor cortex and 36 electrodes in his right arm allow the man to control the movement of his right arm and hand.