mice, neuroscience, immunology
Pregnancy May Remodel the Brain’s Social Cognition Regions
Pregnancy May Remodel the Brain’s Social Cognition Regions
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 20, 2016
Reductions in the volume of gray matter in specific regions appear to represent synaptic pruning, a new study suggests, that tunes a mother’s brain to childcare.
Mouse Immunology Paper Retracted
Mouse Immunology Paper Retracted
Jef Akst | Dec 16, 2016
A finding of misconduct spurs the retraction of a Science paper claiming to have identified a protein in mice that boosted immunity to both viruses and cancer.
Keeping CRISPR in Check
Keeping CRISPR in Check
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 14, 2016
In bacteriophage genomes, researchers find three anti-CRISPR proteins that naturally inhibit CRISPR-Cas9 in one bacterial species and can do the same in human cells. 
Naive T Cells Find Homes in Lymphoid Tissue
Naive T Cells Find Homes in Lymphoid Tissue
Karen Zusi | Dec 2, 2016
The human lymph nodes and spleen maintain unique, compartmentalized sets of naive T cells well into old age.
Retrieving Short-Term Memories
Retrieving Short-Term Memories
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 1, 2016
Neurons can continue to capture a short-term memory without continuous firing, researchers show.  
Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”
Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2016
Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.
Low Social Status May Weaken Immune System in Monkeys
Low Social Status May Weaken Immune System in Monkeys
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 29, 2016
Life at the bottom of the pecking order ramps up inflammation, according to new research, an effect that appears to be reversible.
More than 40 New Papers on Epigenetics Published
More than 40 New Papers on Epigenetics Published
Jef Akst | Nov 22, 2016
The International Human Epigenome Consortium presents a series of studies on how epigenetics influences immunity, cell lineage determination, and differentiation.
Speaking of Neuroscience
Speaking of Neuroscience
Jef Akst, Mary Beth Aberlin | Nov 18, 2016
A selection of notable quotes from the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting
Hot Topics at SfN
Hot Topics at SfN
The Scientist Staff | Nov 17, 2016
Researchers at this year’s Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, California, discuss what they found most interesting.