neuroscience, immunology, genetics & genomics
Scientists Identify More-Precise Neural Correlates of Dreaming
Scientists Identify More-Precise Neural Correlates of Dreaming
Ashley P. Taylor | Apr 10, 2017
By examining brainwave patterns in a posterior cortical area, scientists can predict when people are dreaming.
Reprogrammed Glia Improve Symptoms in a Mouse Model of Parkinson’s
Reprogrammed Glia Improve Symptoms in a Mouse Model of Parkinson’s
Diana Kwon | Apr 10, 2017
By converting glial cells into dopaminergic neurons, scientists were able to partially rescue motor behavior in mice.
Clock Gene Mutation Leads to “Night Owl” Behavior
Clock Gene Mutation Leads to “Night Owl” Behavior
Diana Kwon | Apr 9, 2017
Scientists identify a mutation in the CRY1 gene in people with abnormal sleeping patterns.
FDA OKs Marketing of DTC Genetic Health-Risk Tests
FDA OKs Marketing of DTC Genetic Health-Risk Tests
Diana Kwon | Apr 7, 2017
23andMe customers can now receive information about genetic risk for diseases including Parkinson’s and celiac.
Image of the Day: Long-Distance Messaging
Image of the Day: Long-Distance Messaging
The Scientist Staff | Apr 6, 2017
After an inflammatory injury occurs in the brain, astrocytes release extracellular vesicles that travel to the liver and trigger an immune response.
Viral Trigger for Celiac Disease?
Viral Trigger for Celiac Disease?
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 6, 2017
A common, seemingly benign human virus can trigger an immune response that leads to celiac disease in a mouse model, researchers show. 
Cephalopod Genomes Contain Thousands of Conserved RNA Editing Sites
Cephalopod Genomes Contain Thousands of Conserved RNA Editing Sites
Abby Olena | Apr 6, 2017
Octopus, cuttlefish, and squid extensively edit messenger RNAs in an evolutionarily conserved process. 
Cross-Sample Sequencing Contamination Galore
Cross-Sample Sequencing Contamination Galore
Ruth Williams | Apr 5, 2017
Scientists conducting a large-scale, comparative transcriptomics project have inadvertently highlighted widespread contamination in sequencing data.
Mutations Linked to Secondary Cancers
Mutations Linked to Secondary Cancers
Jef Akst | Apr 4, 2017
Childhood cancer survivors with mutations in certain cancer-risk genes have a higher risk of developing additional neoplasms later in life, according to research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.
Evaluating Epigenome-Targeting Cancer Therapies
Evaluating Epigenome-Targeting Cancer Therapies
Jef Akst | Apr 3, 2017
At the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting, researchers discuss the importance of understanding the epigenetic contributors to cancer progression and treatment response.