hESCs, developmental biology, neuroscience
Neuroscientist and Champion of Glia Research Dies
Neuroscientist and Champion of Glia Research Dies
Kerry Grens | Dec 28, 2017
Ben Barres of Stanford University described glia’s roles in ensuring neurons’ proper synapse formation and in responding to brain injury.
Photos of the Year
Photos of the Year
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 24, 2017
From a plastic-munching coral to see-through frogs, here are The Scientist’s favorite images from 2017.
Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold
Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold
Abby Olena | Dec 19, 2017
Syrian hamsters and thirteen-lined ground squirrels are tolerant of chilly temperatures, thanks to amino acid changes in a cold-responsive ion channel. 
Study Pinpoints Potential “Master Regulator” of Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Study Pinpoints Potential “Master Regulator” of Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Shawna Williams | Dec 18, 2017
Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.
Thousands of Mutations Accumulate in the Human Brain Over a Lifetime
Thousands of Mutations Accumulate in the Human Brain Over a Lifetime
Ruth Williams | Dec 7, 2017
Single-cell genome analyses reveal the amount of mutations a human brain cell will collect from its fetal beginnings until death.
Sense, Sensibility, and Neuroscience
Sense, Sensibility, and Neuroscience
Wendy Jones | Dec 1, 2017
Jane Austen can teach us a lot about how our brains handle uncertainty.
Captivated by Chromosomes
Captivated by Chromosomes
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 1, 2017
Peering through a microscope since age 14, Joseph Gall, now 89, still sees wonder at the other end.
Insects’ Neural Learning and Memory Center Discovered in Crustaceans
Insects’ Neural Learning and Memory Center Discovered in Crustaceans
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2017
Aggressive little marine predators, mantis shrimps possess a mushroom body that appears identical to the one found in insects.
Passing the Torch
Passing the Torch
Mary Beth Aberlin | Dec 1, 2017
Looking back, looking forward
New Techniques Detail Embryos’ First Hours and Days
New Techniques Detail Embryos’ First Hours and Days
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2017
New technologies reveal the dynamic changes in mouse and human embryos during the first week after fertilization.