Neuron-Released Protein Can Set Off Inflammation: Study
Neuron-Released Protein Can Set Off Inflammation: Study
Research in mice suggests that moderating nerve activity with drugs or electrical pulses could modify tissue immune responses, curtailing the chronic pain often associated with inflammatory conditions.
Neuron-Released Protein Can Set Off Inflammation: Study
Neuron-Released Protein Can Set Off Inflammation: Study

Research in mice suggests that moderating nerve activity with drugs or electrical pulses could modify tissue immune responses, curtailing the chronic pain often associated with inflammatory conditions.

Research in mice suggests that moderating nerve activity with drugs or electrical pulses could modify tissue immune responses, curtailing the chronic pain often associated with inflammatory conditions.

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Action at a Distance, Circa Early 1950s
Action at a Distance, Circa Early 1950s
Diana Kwon | Dec 1, 2020
Neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini began her Nobel Prize–winning work in a makeshift laboratory in Italy during the Second World War.
Infographic: Remote-Controlled Nerves
Infographic: Remote-Controlled Nerves
Ruth Williams | Oct 1, 2019
A tiny implanted optofluidic device enables researchers to control mouse nerves without touching the animals.
Remote Control of Peripheral Nerves
Remote Control of Peripheral Nerves
Ruth Williams | Oct 1, 2019
An implantable wireless device with microfluidic and optical components allows manipulation of individual nerve fibers in mice’s extremities.
FDA Approves Gene Therapy for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
FDA Approves Gene Therapy for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Ashley Yeager | May 27, 2019
At $2 million for a single dose, Novartis’s Zolgensma is the most expensive medicine to date, but still less expensive over a lifetime than another approved drug for the rare genetic disease.
Image of the Day: Embryo in Blue
Image of the Day: Embryo in Blue
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 7, 2019
A bright blue stain highlights the sensory nerves of a developing mouse embryo.
Artificial Nerve Senses Pressure, Moves Cockroach Leg
Artificial Nerve Senses Pressure, Moves Cockroach Leg
Shawna Williams | May 31, 2018
The device could one day help enable prosthetics deliver richer touch information to users.
Support Cells Gain Stem Cell-Like Properties After Nerve Injury
Support Cells Gain Stem Cell-Like Properties After Nerve Injury
Diana Kwon | Dec 1, 2017
When peripheral nerves are severed, Schwann cells at the injury site begin to proliferate and exhibit stem cell-like gene expression patterns.
Nerve Stimulation Revives Consciousness from Vegetative State
Nerve Stimulation Revives Consciousness from Vegetative State
Shawna Williams | Sep 25, 2017
Low-intensity activation of the vagus nerve appears to have increased a patient’s awareness of his surroundings after 15 years without communication.
Image of the Day: Reunited and It Feels So Good
Image of the Day: Reunited and It Feels So Good
The Scientist Staff | Jul 28, 2017
Zebrafish have a remarkable ability to heal their damaged nerve fibers following a spinal injury.
“Waviness” Protects Nerves When Whale Mouths Stretch
“Waviness” Protects Nerves When Whale Mouths Stretch
Joshua A. Krisch | Feb 20, 2017
Rorqual whales’ mouths can stretch to more than double their length without causing damage, thanks to two layers of neuronal coiling. 
Scientists Grow Intestinal Tissues With Functional Nerves In The Lab
Scientists Grow Intestinal Tissues With Functional Nerves In The Lab
Joshua A. Krisch | Nov 22, 2016
Researchers are using the tissue, synthesized with human pluripotent stem cells and implanted into mice, to study a rare form of Hirschprung’s disease.
Prosthesis Re-creates Sensation of Touch
Prosthesis Re-creates Sensation of Touch
Kate Yandell | Feb 5, 2014
A man whose hand and lower arm were amputated could sense shapes and stiffness and modulate the force of his grasp using a prosthetic hand that was temporarily wired to nerves in his upper arm.
The Role of Neurons in Cancer
The Role of Neurons in Cancer
Kate Yandell | Jul 15, 2013
Nerves growing in cancerous prostate glands appear to spur disease progression.
Image of the Day: Glowing Gut
Image of the Day: Glowing Gut
The Scientist Staff | Feb 8, 2013
A maturing mouse gut nervous system (shown in orange), a mesh-like system of neurons that regulates digestion and gastrointenstial function, runs from the stomach through the intestines.
Omega-3s Help Heal Nerves
Sabrina Richards | Jan 18, 2012
High omega-3 levels help mouse neurons heal better after injury.
How Vampire Bats Find Veins
Jessica P. Johnson | Aug 4, 2011
Heat-sensing protein channels in vampire bats allow the flying mammals to find the best place to sink their teeth into their prey.