Drosophila, neuroscience, developmental biology
Circadian Gene Linked to Severe Epilepsy in Children
Circadian Gene Linked to Severe Epilepsy in Children
Diana Kwon | Oct 11, 2017
Loss of the CLOCK protein, which researchers find is decreased in pediatric epilepsy patients, makes mice more prone to seizures during sleep.
Image of the Day: Fragile Brain
Image of the Day: Fragile Brain
The Scientist Staff | Oct 3, 2017
In Fragile X syndrome—a genetic mishap that results in cognitive delays—the lack of a translation-repressing protein leads to the rampant accumulation of other proteins in the mouse brain.
Giants of Circadian Biology Win Nobel Prize
Giants of Circadian Biology Win Nobel Prize
Catherine Offord | Oct 2, 2017
The award in Physiology or Medicine goes to chronobiologists Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young.
Image of the Day: A Shrimp and a Cockroach
Image of the Day: A Shrimp and a Cockroach
The Scientist Staff | Oct 2, 2017
In the mantis shrimp brain, scientists uncover mushroom bodies—learning and memory structures typically found in the brains of insects. 
When Dogs Offer Insights into Tigers
When Dogs Offer Insights into Tigers
Gregory Berns | Oct 1, 2017
MRI scans of dog brains open windows into the cognition of the extinct thylacine.
Harald Janovjak Bends Cells and Receptors to His Will
Harald Janovjak Bends Cells and Receptors to His Will
Aggie Mika | Oct 1, 2017
The 38-year-old synthetic biologist comes from a long line of tinkerers and engineers.
Microglia Turnover in the Human Brain
Microglia Turnover in the Human Brain
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2017
Researchers find that about a quarter of the immune cells are replaced every year.
Bitter Taste Receptors in Uterus May One Day Help Prevent Premature Birth
Bitter Taste Receptors in Uterus May One Day Help Prevent Premature Birth
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2017
Researchers suggest that the receptors can control early labor contractions.
Teaching Humans to Echolocate
Teaching Humans to Echolocate
Diana Kwon | Oct 1, 2017
By investigating the science behind “seeing” with sound, researchers hope to help blind individuals independently navigate the world.
Contributors
Contributors
Aggie Mika | Oct 1, 2017
Meet some of the people featured in the October 2017 issue of The Scientist.