Infographic showing how CITE-seq detects protein and gene expression in the same cell
Infographic: Capturing a More Complete Picture of Expression
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 1 min read
CITE-seq draws upon the unbiased nature of single-cell RNA sequencing to gather new insights about protein and gene expression within the same cell.
Like many animals, field mice (<em >Apodemus agrarius</em>) fight to protect their territories.
Mouse Brain Cells Activate When They Witness a Fight
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 2 min read
A subset of hypothalamic neurons mirrors aggression in mice, challenging previous views on the location and functional role of these cells.
Mosaic brain image
Science Summarized: The Mosaic Brain
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Mutations that accumulate as one ages contribute to various neurological disorders.
3D image of a neuron cell network with a red glow representing inflammation.
New Insight into Brain Inflammation Inspires New Hope for Epilepsy Treatment 
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | Jun 1, 2023 | 2 min read
Clinicians and researchers teamed up to investigate how inappropriate proinflammatory mechanisms contribute to the pathogenesis of drug-refractory epilepsy.
Colorful dots, representing small pieces of plastic, on a blue background
Nanoplastic Ingestion Causes Neurological Deficits
Shelby Bradford, PhD | May 31, 2023 | 3 min read
Small plastic particulates can induce inflammatory responses in the gut and brain, but removing them reverses this damage.
Genomes Across the Tree of Life
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 2 min read
Researchers turn to unique eukaryotes to better understand how DNA is organized in 3D space.
EKG readout
The Circadian Rhythm of the Heart Rate
Katherine Paulin, PhD | May 31, 2023 | 3 min read
The sympathetic nervous system influences gene expression in the heart to regulate the day-night cycle of resting heart rate.
Neurons (green) fire differently depending on whether the astrocytes (red) they are grown with are cultivated from people with or without fragile X.
Astrocytes Fuel Erratic Firing in Fragile X Neurons
Lauren Schenkman, Spectrum | May 30, 2023 | 3 min read
This new understanding could one day lead to targeted treatments. 
Translational Research for Neural Implants
Translational Research for Neural Implants 
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
John Donoghue and Vasiliki (Vasso) Giagka will discuss the latest bioengineering advances for implantable devices that treat neurological disorders.
Researchers in George Church&rsquo;s lab modified wild type ADK proteins (left) in <em >E.coli</em>, furnishing them with an nonstandard amino acid (nsAA) meant to biocontain the resulting bacterial strain.
A Pioneer of The Multiplex Frontier
Rashmi Sivni | May 20, 2023 | 10 min read
George Church is at it again, this time using multiplex gene editing to create virus-proof cells, improve organ transplant success, and protect elephants.
Elderly woman holding cell phone
A New Smartphone Application Improves Memory Recall in Older Adults
Mariella Bodemeier Loayza Careaga, PhD | May 8, 2023 | 3 min read
Neuroscientists developed and tested a promising mobile app that mitigates age-related memory decline.
A Way with Words: Using Genomics to Dispel Stuttering Myths
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Filling in the gaps about the genetic risk factors of stuttering may help scientists shatter stigmas and discover new therapies.
Man in blue shirt holding a paper representation of the intestines
Gut Bacteria Contribute to Anorexia
Kamal Nahas, PhD | May 1, 2023 | 3 min read
Microbiomes transplanted from women with anorexia nervosa into mice enhanced symptoms of the eating disorder, such as rapid weight loss and reduced appetite.
fMRI scan of two brains
New Brain Network Connecting Mind and Body Discovered
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Apr 19, 2023 | 4 min read
A new brain network responsible for complex movements may upend what we know about neural maps in primary motor areas
Immune Cells and ALS: A Balance Between Life and Death
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Understanding the role of immune cells in neurodegeneration may help scientists develop new diagnostic, prognostic, and treatment tools.
Histology of brain
Rare Autism-Linked Mutation Starves Growing Neurons of Essential Nutrients
Lauren Schenkman, Spectrum | Apr 18, 2023 | 4 min read
The mutation prevents certain amino acids from entering neurons, causing the cells to die early in development.
Histology showing IL-6 expression
Immune Molecule Alters Cellular Makeup of Human Brain Organoids
Charles Q. Choi, Spectrum | Apr 17, 2023 | 4 min read
The changes may help explain the link between maternal infection and autism, though more research is needed.
Neuronal network with electrical activity of neuron cells in 3D
How Do Neurons Work?
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | 6 min read
Neurons transmit information through the body via chemical signals and electrical impulses.
Learn How Researchers are Building Brains
Major Advances in Mini Brain Bioengineering
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | Mar 31, 2023 | 1 min read
Explore the latest developments in brain organoid production.
Image of the fly brain (grey) highlighting the population of neurons (pink) to which the gut-secreted peptide CCHa1 signals
A Protein-Rich Diet Helps Mice and Flies Sleep More Soundly: Study
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Mar 24, 2023 | 3 min read
The effect appears to be mediated by a gut-secreted peptide that signals to neurons in the brain that modulate the response to mechanical vibrations.