heart, neuroscience, immunology
Contact Allergies May Help Stymie Cancer
Edyta Zielinska | Jul 12, 2011
New data suggests that skin rashes are associated with lower risk of developing certain cancers.
Cough Syrup Treats MS?
Bob Grant | Jul 11, 2011
Researchers find that an ingredient in common cough medicine improves multiple sclerosis symptoms in animal models.
Putting Vaccines to the Test
Tia Ghose | Jul 10, 2011
Gene expression analysis allows researchers to predict which patients will respond to flu vaccines and possibly expedite vaccine development.
Summer Science, British Style
Jef Akst and Richard P. Grant | Jul 8, 2011
The Royal Society's annual science extravaganza packs some interesting stuff into 5 days of love and research.
Air Pollution Stunts Cognition
Tia Ghose | Jul 6, 2011
Particulates in the air can cause impaired learning and depression in mice.
Brain Cells Self-Amplify
Jef Akst | Jul 5, 2011
A certain type of neural precursor does it all—replaces itself, differentiates into specialized brain cells, and multiplies into more stem-cell-like cells.
Pain-Free Love
Jef Akst | Jul 1, 2011
Love can buffer people from pain by invoking feelings of safety and reassurance.
The Birth of Optogenetics
Edward S. Boyden | Jul 1, 2011
An account of the path to realizing tools for controlling brain circuits with light.
OPSINS: Tools of the trade
OPSINS: Tools of the trade
Edward S. Boyden | Jul 1, 2011
The optogenetic toolset is composed of genetically encoded molecules that, when targeted to specific neurons in the brain, enable the electrical activity of those neurons to be driven or silenced by light. 
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 1, 2011
Eleanor Simpson on how dopamine helps rats learn and may lead humans to addiction.