liver, neuroscience
Contributors
Contributors
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017
Meet some of the people featured in the May 2017 issue of The Scientist.
Glia Guru
Glia Guru
Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2017
Ben Barres recast glial cells from supporting actors to star performers, crucial for synaptic plasticity in the brain and for preventing neurodegenerative disorders.
Computers That Can Smell
Computers That Can Smell
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2017
Teams of modelers compete to develop algorithms for estimating how people will perceive a particular odor from its molecular characteristics.
Understanding Body Ownership and Agency
Understanding Body Ownership and Agency
Roman Liepelt and Jack Brooks | May 1, 2017
Understanding how people recognize and control their own bodies could help researchers develop therapies for those who’ve lost their sense of self.
Myelin Basics
Myelin Basics
The Scientist Staff | Apr 30, 2017
May Profilee Ben Barres of Stanford University discusses how understanding the basic biology of myelination could help patients with multiple sclerosis and other diseases.
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. 
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.
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.