human evolution, cell & molecular biology, neuroscience, culture
Patent On Autism Genetic Test May Stifle Science
Patent On Autism Genetic Test May Stifle Science
Jessica Wright | May 30, 2018
LabCorp might be able to charge a licensing fee to any scientists who wish to sequence the gene HOMER1 in people who may have autism.
Image of the Day: Agar Art
Image of the Day: Agar Art
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 30, 2018
The American Society for Microbiology held its 4th contest for images created from microorganisms feeding on agar. 
Jens Christian Skou, Discoverer of the Sodium-Potassium Pump, Dies
Jens Christian Skou, Discoverer of the Sodium-Potassium Pump, Dies
Kerry Grens | May 29, 2018
The Nobel laureate was the first to identify an enzyme moving material across the cell membrane.
Ultrasound Fires Up the Auditory Cortex—Even Though Animals Can’t Hear It
Ultrasound Fires Up the Auditory Cortex—Even Though Animals Can’t Hear It
Abby Olena | May 24, 2018
Researchers have been using ultrasound to control brain activity, but studies in mice and guinea pigs show it also stimulates the auditory system, presenting a confounder for direct neural stimulation.
Deep Brain Stimulation Boosts Insulin Sensitivity
Deep Brain Stimulation Boosts Insulin Sensitivity
Shawna Williams | May 24, 2018
One patient with diabetes was able to reduce his medication use while receiving targeted electrical pulses.
What Made Human Brains So Big?
What Made Human Brains So Big?
Ashley Yeager | May 24, 2018
Ecological challenges such as finding food and creating fire may have led the organ to become abnormally large, a new computer model suggests.
Animals’ Embryonic Organizer Now Discovered in Human Cells
Animals’ Embryonic Organizer Now Discovered in Human Cells
Jim Daley | May 23, 2018
The finding confirms that a cluster of cells that directs the fate of other cells in the developing embryo is evolutionarily conserved across the animal kingdom.
Could a Dose of Sunshine Make You Smarter?
Could a Dose of Sunshine Make You Smarter?
Ruth Williams | May 17, 2018
Moderate ultraviolet light exposure boosts the brainpower of mice thanks to increased production of the neurotransmitter glutamate.  
“Minibrains” May Soon Include Neanderthal DNA
“Minibrains” May Soon Include Neanderthal DNA
Ashley Yeager | May 14, 2018
Brain organoids engineered to carry the genetic material could reveal how our brains are similar to and different from those of our closest relatives.
Image of the Day: Cooking Up Neurons
Image of the Day: Cooking Up Neurons
The Scientist Staff | May 11, 2018
Using different combinations of transcription factors, researchers create a diverse array of neurons from mouse skin cells.