Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?
Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?
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.
Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?
Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?

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.

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.

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<em>The Scientist</em>&rsquo;s Most Stunning Infographics of 2018<em>The Scientist</em>&rsquo;s Most Stunning Infographics of 2018
The Scientist’s Most Stunning Infographics of 2018
Jef Akst | Dec 21, 2018
From cellular self-digestion to the effects of exercise on the brain, our features editor picks her favorite art custom-made for the magazine.
Analysis of 2,000 Brains Provides Clues to Schizophrenia, Autism
Analysis of 2,000 Brains Provides Clues to Schizophrenia, Autism
Catherine Offord | Dec 14, 2018
The PsychENCODE project delves into the DNA, RNA, and protein changes related to brain development and neuropsychiatric disorders, but researchers caution it’s just a first step toward treatment.
Rat Study Points to Role of Uterus in Memory
Rat Study Points to Role of Uterus in Memory
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 7, 2018
When researchers removed the reproductive organ, female rats had more difficulty solving a water maze.
Deep Brain Stimulation of Orbitofrontal Cortex Relieves Depression
Deep Brain Stimulation of Orbitofrontal Cortex Relieves Depression
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 3, 2018
The result of a study among patients with epilepsy strengthens the case for the importance of this brain region in determining mood.
Brain Rhythms Guide How Humans Pay Attention
Brain Rhythms Guide How Humans Pay Attention
Phil Jaekl | Dec 1, 2018
A perception of sustained focus may actually be the result of cycles of fluctuating rather than continuous neural activity, according to new behavioral and neurological data from studies in humans and macaques.
Discovery&rsquo;s Crest: A Profile of Marianne Bronner
Discovery’s Crest: A Profile of Marianne Bronner
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 1, 2018
Studying how neural crest cells journey through the embryo, this Caltech developmental biologist has revealed how they form major cell types, including peripheral neurons, bone, and smooth muscle.
Industry-Funded Pesticide Data Problematic, Study ShowsIndustry-Funded Pesticide Data Problematic, Study Shows
Industry-Funded Pesticide Data Problematic, Study Shows
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 27, 2018
Scrutinizing a company’s study on a widely used pesticide, chlorpyrifos, academic researchers find shortcomings in analyses and public disclosures of results.
Zapping the Olfactory Bulb Produces Phantom Smells
Zapping the Olfactory Bulb Produces Phantom Smells
Shawna Williams | Nov 27, 2018
Researchers envision a cochlear implant–like device for the nose to give people with impaired olfaction a sense of smell.
How K2 and Other Synthetic Cannabinoids Got Their Start in the Lab
How K2 and Other Synthetic Cannabinoids Got Their Start in the Lab
Ashley Yeager | Nov 27, 2018
Originally intended for basic neuroscience research, the drugs were ultimately hijacked for illicit recreational use.