Infographic: Human Endogenous Retroviruses and Disease
Infographic: Human Endogenous Retroviruses and Disease
Human endogenous retroviruses that colonized vertebrate DNA millions of years ago have long been dismissed as junk DNA, but researchers now know that they may play important roles in cancer, neurodegeneration, and other ailments.
Infographic: Human Endogenous Retroviruses and Disease
Infographic: Human Endogenous Retroviruses and Disease

Human endogenous retroviruses that colonized vertebrate DNA millions of years ago have long been dismissed as junk DNA, but researchers now know that they may play important roles in cancer, neurodegeneration, and other ailments.

Human endogenous retroviruses that colonized vertebrate DNA millions of years ago have long been dismissed as junk DNA, but researchers now know that they may play important roles in cancer, neurodegeneration, and other ailments.

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Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?
Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 1, 2019
Clinical trials that target human endogenous retroviruses to treat multiple sclerosis, ALS, and other ailments are underway, but many questions remain about how these sequences may disrupt our biology.
Infographic: Exercise’s Effects on the Brain
Infographic: Exercise’s Effects on the Brain
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2018
Identifying the molecular interactions that occur all over the body during exercise could reveal how it affects learning and memory.
How Exercise Reprograms the Brain
How Exercise Reprograms the Brain
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2018
As researchers unravel the molecular machinery that links exercise and cognition, working out is emerging as a promising neurotherapy.
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.

Dopamine Neuron Implants Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms in Monkeys
Dopamine Neuron Implants Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms in Monkeys
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 20, 2018
The stem cell–derived transplants were stable for 24 months and led to wide-ranging behavioral improvements in the monkeys.  
Researchers Succeed in Keeping Disembodied Pig Brains Alive
Researchers Succeed in Keeping Disembodied Pig Brains Alive
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2018
The organs showed neural activity for up to 36 hours, adding fuel to discussions about the ethics of future neuroscientific research.
Microglia Remember Bouts of Bodily Inflammation in Mice
Microglia Remember Bouts of Bodily Inflammation in Mice
Ashley Yeager | Apr 11, 2018
A new study reports that immune memory may contribute to neurodegenerative diseases.
Alzheimer’s Should be Characterized by Biomarkers: Report
Alzheimer’s Should be Characterized by Biomarkers: Report
Diana Kwon | Apr 10, 2018
A proposed definition of the disease emphasizes signs of neurodegeneration and the presence of β-amyloid and tau, rather than cognitive symptoms.
Image of the Day: Aging Brain Cells
Image of the Day: Aging Brain Cells
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Mar 13, 2018
Scientists identified a gene involved in the age-related deterioration of mouse neural stem cells.