mice, neuroscience, genetics & genomics
Image of the Day: Gold Matter
Image of the Day: Gold Matter
The Scientist Staff | Jun 30, 2017
The white matter tracts that wind throughout this microetching are based on diffusion spectrum imaging data from a human brain, realistically portraying the circuits found within a sagittal brain section.
Memories Erased from Snail Neurons
Memories Erased from Snail Neurons
Diana Kwon | Jun 28, 2017
Scientists block particular enzymes to remove the cellular signatures associated with specific memory types.  
Molecular Trigger for Organ Rejection in Mice Identified
Molecular Trigger for Organ Rejection in Mice Identified
Diana Kwon | Jun 27, 2017
The cell-surface receptor, SIRP-alpha, initiates the innate immune response in hosts.  
Analysis of Mouse Genes Reveals Novel Disease Models
Analysis of Mouse Genes Reveals Novel Disease Models
Diana Kwon | Jun 26, 2017
The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium aims to characterize the entire mouse genome, starting first with more than 3,300 genes. 
Ribosomal DNA Copy Numbers Decrease in Some Cancers
Ribosomal DNA Copy Numbers Decrease in Some Cancers
Abby Olena | Jun 22, 2017
An analysis of human cancer genome projects uncovers a counterintuitive loss of ribosomal gene copies.
How Roundworms Sleep
How Roundworms Sleep
Diana Kwon | Jun 22, 2017
When Caenorhabditis elegans surrenders to slumber, the majority of its neurons fall silent.
Gut Feeling
Gut Feeling
Ruth Williams | Jun 22, 2017
Sensory cells of the mouse intestine let the brain know if certain compounds are present by speaking directly to gut neurons via serotonin.
Selfish Yeast Genes Encode Both Toxin and Antidote
Selfish Yeast Genes Encode Both Toxin and Antidote
Diana Kwon | Jun 20, 2017
By spreading a poison and hoarding the remedy, wtf4 improves its chances of being inherited. 
234-Year-Old Tree Has Impressively Stable Genome
234-Year-Old Tree Has Impressively Stable Genome
Jef Akst | Jun 20, 2017
Genomic analysis of an oak tree that lived during Napoleon’s time supports the idea that plants somehow avoid the accumulation of mutations in their stem cells.
New Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in Soil Microbes
New Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in Soil Microbes
Ashley Yeager | Jun 19, 2017
The discovery of peptides, enzymes, and other gene products that confer antibiotic resistance could give clues to how it develops.