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Specific Brain Cells Linked to Parkinson’s Disease
Research identifies 10 types of dopamine-making neurons, one of which seems to die off during the disease.
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Specific Brain Cells Linked to Parkinson’s Disease
Specific Brain Cells Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

Research identifies 10 types of dopamine-making neurons, one of which seems to die off during the disease.

Research identifies 10 types of dopamine-making neurons, one of which seems to die off during the disease.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, DR_MICROBE

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CRACK Method Reveals Novel Neuron Type in Mouse Brain
Dan Robitzski | Apr 18, 2022
A new technique reveals cells’ precise locations and functions in the brain. Its developers have already used it to identify a previously unknown neuron type.
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Infographic: Simultaneously Studying Neuron Structure and Function
Dan Robitzski | Apr 18, 2022
A new methodology combines existing techniques to reveal the specific function and location of multiple types of neurons at once.
How Infectious Diseases Affect the Brain
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Apr 8, 2021
From a loss of taste to dementia, infectious agents cause an array of neurological symptoms.
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Reptiles are the Real Bird Brains
Sophie Fessl | Mar 22, 2022
A research group argues that a species’ number of neurons, rather than brain volume, should serve as indicator of cognitive capacity when studying brain evolution, but some experts voice doubts.
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Infographic: Modeling Neurodegenerative Diseases with Yeast
Mahlon Collins | Oct 1, 2021
Conservation of structures and functions between single-celled fungi and human cells allow researchers to probe the brain.
Breaking Down Barriers
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Oct 19, 2020
Looking at the future of neurodegeneration research!
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Infographic: Single-Cell Recordings Identify “Number Neurons”
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2021
Some nerve cells in the brains of macaques respond selectively to particular numbers, hinting at a specialized pathway for extracting information about numerical quantity.
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Mouse Study Suggests Fibromyalgia Has Autoimmune Roots
Annie Melchor | Jul 2, 2021
When researchers injected mice with antibodies from fibromyalgia patients, the animals developed symptoms of the disease—suggesting that it may be controlled by the immune system, not the nervous system.
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Infographic: Reverse Signaling Between Neurons
Christie Wilcox | Jun 4, 2021
So-called mossy fiber synapses in the hippocampus can meter the amount of neurotransmitter they receive by sending glutamate against the usual direction of synaptic flow.
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Hippocampal Cell Communication Is Bidirectional: Study
Christie Wilcox | Jun 4, 2021
In an unexpected twist in neuroscience dogma, the cells on the receiving end of neurotransmission appear to be able to release glutamate to regulate the transmitting cell’s activity.
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Opinion: The Overlooked Power of Inhibitory Neurons
Lauren Aguirre | Jun 1, 2021
Understanding how the brain coordinates electrical activity could be key to developing more-effective treatments for a variety of brain disorders.
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Early-Life Stress Exerts Long-Lasting Effects Via Epigenome
Asher Jones | Mar 18, 2021
In mice, epigenetic marks made on histones during infancy influence depression-like behavior during adulthood. A drug that reverses the genomic tags appears to undo the damage.
Michelle Gray Tracks Huntington’s in Different Brain Cells
Amanda Heidt | Oct 1, 2020
The University of Alabama at Birmingham neuroscientist aims to determine which cells are most important in prompting the disease’s initiation and progression.
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SARS-CoV-2 Can Infect Human Brain Organoids
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 9, 2020
The results are a proof-of-concept that the novel coronavirus can replicate in neurons, but it’s too soon to say whether this occurs in people with COVID-19.
Adult-Born Neurons Strengthen Memories While Mice Sleep
Ruth Williams | Jun 4, 2020
The activation of young brain cells in adult mice is necessary not just for forming memories, but consolidating them during rapid eye movement sleep, a study shows.
Daniel Colón-Ramos Reveals the Mysteries of Worms’ Memories
Claudia Lopez-Lloreda | May 1, 2020
The Yale neuroscientist seeks to understand the brain’s architecture and function using C. elegans.
Lost Smell and Taste Hint COVID-19 Can Target the Nervous System
Ashley Yeager | Mar 24, 2020
The symptoms suggest SARS-CoV-2 might infect neurons, raising questions about whether there could be effects on the brain that play a role in patients’ deaths, but the data are preliminary.
Artificial Neurons Fire in Life-Like Patterns
Ashley Yeager | Dec 4, 2019
The silicon chips receive and send electrical signals, recreating activity from neurons in the rat brain that play a role in breathing and thinking.
Mitochondria from Different Brain Cells Have Different Proteins
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2019
Organelles isolated from two types of neurons and a nonneuronal astrocyte in the mouse cerebellum showed varying levels of proteins, hinting at functional differences.