myelin, genetics and genomics
Image of the Day: Telling Scans
Image of the Day: Telling Scans
Aggie Mika | Oct 16, 2017
In children’s brain scans, scientists uncovered signs of multiple sclerosis before the kids showed any symptoms of the disease.
“Out of Africa” Theory Gets the Genomic Treatment
“Out of Africa” Theory Gets the Genomic Treatment
Bob Grant | Sep 26, 2016
A trio of genetic studies on seldom-studied indigenous populations points to a single wave of migration as humanity wandered from its evolutionary homeland into the rest of the world.
Week in Review: October 13–17
Week in Review: October 13–17
Jef Akst | Oct 17, 2014
Snail not extinct after all; results too good to be true?; mice need myelin production for motor learning; keeping the brain young; the evolution of archaea
Myelin’s Role in Motor Learning
Myelin’s Role in Motor Learning
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 16, 2014
The production of new myelin in the brain—a function of non-neuronal glial cells—may be necessary for motor learning, a mouse study shows.
Remodeling Myelin
Remodeling Myelin
Dan Cossins | Aug 1, 2013
New oligodendrocytes in the adult mouse brain appear to remodel existing myelin sheaths, which may fine-tune the speed of nerve impulses.
Inherited Resistance to Cocaine
Inherited Resistance to Cocaine
Ed Yong | Dec 17, 2012
Cocaine-using rat fathers pass epigenetic changes on to their sons that make them resistant to coke addiction.
The Plastic Genome
The Plastic Genome
Beth Marie Mole | Dec 1, 2012
The poxvirus stockpiles genes when it needs to adapt.
The Biology of Politics
The Biology of Politics
Dan Cossins | Nov 6, 2012
A number of studies have linked genes and hormones to political attitudes and behaviors, though the evidence remains controversial.
Creative Emulsification
Creative Emulsification
Sabrina Richards | Nov 1, 2012
Enhancing data collection from emulsion PCR reactions: three case studies
Coming to Terms
Coming to Terms
Anna Ajduk and Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz | Nov 1, 2012
New noninvasive methods of selecting the most viable embryo could revolutionize in vitro fertilization.