grant, genetics & genomics, neuroscience
Genetic Analysis Reveals the Evolutionary History of Dogs
Genetic Analysis Reveals the Evolutionary History of Dogs
Diana Kwon | Apr 26, 2017
By analyzing the genomes of 161 dog breeds, scientists discover how and when certain canine breeds emerged.
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. 
45 Feet High and Rising
45 Feet High and Rising
The Scientist Staff | Apr 24, 2017
Maize enthusiast Jason Karl aims to continue breaking his own records for the tallest corn plants ever grown.
Image of the Day: Fungal Forms
Image of the Day: Fungal Forms
The Scientist Staff | Apr 19, 2017
By sequencing and analyzing the genomes of more than 20 species of Penicillium fungi, researches uncovered genes encoding for numerous bioactive compounds, including antibiotics.
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.
CRISPR Corrects Duchenne-Causing Mutations
CRISPR Corrects Duchenne-Causing Mutations
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 12, 2017
Using CRISPR-Cpf1 gene editing, researchers have fixed mutations that cause a form of muscular dystrophy in cultured human cardiomyocytes and a mouse model.
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.
Clock Gene Mutation Leads to “Night Owl” Behavior
Clock Gene Mutation Leads to “Night Owl” Behavior
Diana Kwon | Apr 9, 2017
Scientists identify a mutation in the CRY1 gene in people with abnormal sleeping patterns.