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RNA-Seq Reveals Previously Hidden, Genetic Disorder–Causing Mutations
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 19, 2017
Adding RNA sequencing analysis to genomic sequencing helps scientists uncover mutations likely responsible for genetic disorders they might otherwise miss.
San People Write Ethical Code for Research
Jef Akst | Mar 21, 2017
With lifestyles similar to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the San people of Southern Africa are popular study subjects.
Rhythm Arises from Random Beats in a “Telephone” Game
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2017
An experiment in which people pass each other initially nonrhythmic drumming sequences reveals the human affinity for musical patterns.
Retrieving Short-Term Memories
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 1, 2016
Neurons can continue to capture a short-term memory without continuous firing, researchers show.
Nascent Neurons Journey Through Newborn Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 6, 2016
Young cells make their way to the frontal lobe to create new circuits in the brains of infants, researchers report.
Early-Life Stress Affects Telomeres Later
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 3, 2016
An accumulation of stressful events in childhood is associated with shorter telomeres as a person ages, researchers report.
Feds Demand More Clinical Trial Reporting
Kerry Grens | Sep 19, 2016
Expanded US Health and Human Services rules will require the results of more human studies to be made public.
Neonatal Gut Bacteria Might Promote Asthma
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 12, 2016
Byproducts of gut microbes in some 1-month–old babies trigger inflammation that is linked to later asthma development, researchers find.
Specialized Neurons Encode Social Learning in Humans
Karen Zusi | Sep 6, 2016
Activity in the anterior cingulate cortex corresponds with observing the behavior of others when their actions, or the subsequent outcomes, don’t match one’s expectation.
Primates, Gut Microbes Evolved Together
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 21, 2016
Symbiotic gut bacteria evolved and diverged along with ape and human lineages, researchers find.