Parkinson’s Disease Enzyme Implicated in More Cases Than Realized
Parkinson’s Disease Enzyme Implicated in More Cases Than Realized

Levels of active LRRK2 were high even in Parkinson’s patients without a mutation in LRRK2, suggesting that inhibitors of the protein could treat a wider patient population than expected.

Parkinson’s Disease Enzyme Implicated in More Cases Than Realized
Parkinson’s Disease Enzyme Implicated in More Cases Than Realized

Levels of active LRRK2 were high even in Parkinson’s patients without a mutation in LRRK2, suggesting that inhibitors of the protein could treat a wider patient population than expected.

Levels of active LRRK2 were high even in Parkinson’s patients without a mutation in LRRK2, suggesting that inhibitors of the protein could treat a wider patient population than expected.

nerves, cancer research, brain, fossils
As Brain Organoids Mature, Ethical Questions Arise
As Brain Organoids Mature, Ethical Questions Arise
Ashley Yeager | Aug 1, 2018
Inserting human “mini-brains” into rodents has the potential to broaden scientists’ understanding of neurological disease, but raises quandaries about consciousness.
Infographic: How to Make a Brain Organoid
Infographic: How to Make a Brain Organoid
Ashley Yeager | Aug 1, 2018
Mini-brains can be grown in culture or printed.
Fruit Fly Males Woo Females with Three Songs, Not Two
Fruit Fly Males Woo Females with Three Songs, Not Two
Abby Olena | Jul 26, 2018
Researchers show that Drosophila melanogaster males are capable of producing more modes of courtship song with their wings than previously thought.
Oldest Evidence of Terrestrial Life on a Young Earth
Oldest Evidence of Terrestrial Life on a Young Earth
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 23, 2018
Microbes were living on land as early as 3.22 billion years ago, fossilized rocks show, 500 million years earlier than previously documented.
Image of the Day: Snapshot
Image of the Day: Snapshot
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 20, 2018
Scientists map the fruit fly brain, giving an in-depth look at its neurons.
Nick Pyenson Reconstructs Bygone Whale Populations Using Fossils
Nick Pyenson Reconstructs Bygone Whale Populations Using Fossils
Jim Daley | Jul 1, 2018

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History paleobiologist also studies the evolution of echolocation and special sensory structures in modern whales.

Image of the Day: Hide and Seek
Image of the Day: Hide and Seek
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 26, 2018
Neurons of the embryonic subplate don’t die as scientists had thought.
Herpes Viruses Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Herpes Viruses Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 21, 2018

A new study shows that the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients have a greater viral load, while another study in mice shows infection leads to amyloid-β build up.

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.