genome, culture, evolution, neuroscience
Herpes Viruses Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Herpes Viruses Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 21, 2018

A new study shows that the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients have a greater viral load, while another study in mice shows infection leads to amyloid-β build up.

Koko the Signing Gorilla Dies at 46
Koko the Signing Gorilla Dies at 46
Shawna Williams | Jun 21, 2018
The primate was famous for her ability to communicate with humans.
Two University of Rochester Professors Resign in Protest
Two University of Rochester Professors Resign in Protest
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 20, 2018
Celeste Kidd and Steven Piantadosi had sued the university over its handling of sexual harassment allegations made against colleague Florian Jaeger.
Dopamine Neuron Implants Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms in Monkeys
Dopamine Neuron Implants Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms in Monkeys
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 20, 2018
The stem cell–derived transplants were stable for 24 months and led to wide-ranging behavioral improvements in the monkeys.  
New Database Expands Number of Estimated Human Protein-Coding Genes
New Database Expands Number of Estimated Human Protein-Coding Genes
Diana Kwon | Jun 19, 2018
Some scientists are not yet convinced that the list is accurate.
Deadly Wasting Syndrome Genetically Altered Sea Stars: Study
Deadly Wasting Syndrome Genetically Altered Sea Stars: Study
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 19, 2018
The surviving animals may have evolved genes that provided an advantage in fighting the disease.  
Pancreatic Cell Size Negatively Relates to Lifespan in Mammals
Pancreatic Cell Size Negatively Relates to Lifespan in Mammals
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 19, 2018
Species with larger pancreatic cells tend to have shorter lives, according to a study.  
Prominent Salk Institute Scientist Inder Verma Resigns
Prominent Salk Institute Scientist Inder Verma Resigns
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 12, 2018
His decision came as an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him was ongoing.  
Image of the Day: Memory Jogger
Image of the Day: Memory Jogger
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 12, 2018
Scientists can livestream how the mouse brain’s hippocampus maps the physical world and accesses those memories.  
Organic Compounds Found in Martian Soil
Organic Compounds Found in Martian Soil
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018
Researchers also found seasonal variations in atmospheric methane on the planet that may have a geological or biological origin.