emulsion PCR, neuroscience, microbiology
Perineuronal Nets: A Mechanism to Control Brain Plasticity
Perineuronal Nets: A Mechanism to Control Brain Plasticity
Daniela Carulli | Apr 1, 2018
The neuronal coverings that mediate synaptic changes are involved in everything from memory to psychiatric disorders, affecting autism, Alzheimer’s, and addiction.
Infographic: Structure of the Perineuronal Net
Infographic: Structure of the Perineuronal Net
Daniela Carulli | Mar 31, 2018
See the web of proteins that make up these neuronal wrappings.
Tau Production Increased in Alzheimer’s Patients
Tau Production Increased in Alzheimer’s Patients
Jim Daley | Mar 21, 2018
The findings suggest that faster synthesis, rather than decreased clearance, causes the protein to build up in neurons.
Image of the Day: Flock of Algae
Image of the Day: Flock of Algae
The Scientist Staff | Mar 21, 2018
Volvox barberi actively organize themselves into large colonies that optimize space.
Many Non-Antibiotic Drugs Affect Gut Bacteria
Many Non-Antibiotic Drugs Affect Gut Bacteria
Catherine Offord | Mar 20, 2018
A new study finds that more than 200 human-targeted, non-antibiotic drugs inhibit the growth of bacterial species that make up part of the human microbiome.
Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics
Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics
Ruth Williams | Mar 15, 2018
A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  
Number-Selective Neurons Found in Untrained Crows’ Brains
Number-Selective Neurons Found in Untrained Crows’ Brains
Diana Kwon | Mar 15, 2018
The finding suggests corvids may have an innate sense of number.
Serotonin Involved in a Slug Host’s Response to a Parasite
Serotonin Involved in a Slug Host’s Response to a Parasite
Yao-Hua Law | Mar 12, 2018
Host slugs given Prozac to increase their serotonin levels no longer avoid parasitic nematodes, the same behavior seen in infected slugs.
Prominent Neuroscientist Fired by Columbia, HHMI
Prominent Neuroscientist Fired by Columbia, HHMI
Shawna Williams | Mar 8, 2018
The specific reason for Thomas Jessell’s dismissal has not been disclosed.
Fly’s Blood-Brain Barrier Has Circadian Rhythms
Fly’s Blood-Brain Barrier Has Circadian Rhythms
Abby Olena | Mar 8, 2018
In Drosophila, the tissue is more permeable to drugs at night, offering a possible explanation for why some medicines work better at certain times of day.