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Primary Cilia in Neurons Linked to Obesity
Abby Olena | Jan 8, 2018
Three studies—one of mice and two of human genetics—describe the role of two proteins, adenylyl cyclase and melanocortin 4 receptor, in the development of obesity and diabetes.
Neuroscientist and Champion of Glia Research Dies
Kerry Grens | Dec 28, 2017
Ben Barres of Stanford University described glia’s roles in ensuring neurons’ proper synapse formation and in responding to brain injury.
Passing the Torch
Mary Beth Aberlin | Dec 1, 2017
Looking back, looking forward
Studies Yield Clues to Roots of Gulf War Illness
Shawna Williams | Nov 13, 2017
Presentations at the Society for Neuroscience meeting point to changes in neurons and connectivity between brain regions as potential components of the enigmatic condition.
Image of the Day: Neurons Unveiled
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 2, 2017
Researchers have succeeded in mapping the complex paths of 300 neurons in the mouse brain.
Advancing Techniques Reveal the Brain’s Impressive Diversity
Sara B. Linker, Fred H. Gage, Tracy A. Bedrosian | Nov 1, 2017
No two neurons are alike. What does that mean for brain function?
Infographic: Understanding Our Diverse Brain
Fred H. Gage, Tracy A. Bedrosian, Sara B. Linker | Oct 31, 2017
Recent advances in single-cell omics and other techniques are revealing variation at genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, and posttranscriptomic levels.
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.
Robotic Patch Clamping Gains Eyes
Diana Kwon | Aug 30, 2017
Two groups of scientists combined automation with two-photon microscopy to target and record specific neurons in living animals.
Neurons That Recognize Tone Identified
Shawna Williams | Aug 28, 2017
The cells are crucial to detecting emphasis, sarcasm, and uptalk in human conversation.