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Gene Therapy for Brain Disease
Jef Akst | May 16, 2012
Delivering a missing enzyme to the brains of paralyzed children with a rare, life-threatening neurological disease restores movement and builds muscle mass.
Animal Mind Control
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2012
Examples of parasites that manipulate the behavior of their hosts are not hard to come by, but scientists have only recently begun to understand how they induce such dramatic changes.
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 1, 2011
The mother of disabled twins doggedly pursued the root of her children's illness and found it in their genome profiles.
Moody Mice Soothed by Bacteria
Jessica P. Johnson | Aug 31, 2011
A common dietary supplement alters neurotransmission to ease anxiety.
Estrogen’s New Role
Jessica P. Johnson | Aug 2, 2011
The well-studied hormone functions as a neurotransmitter in the brains of zebra finches.
The Mindless Machine, circa 1664
Vanessa Schipani | Jan 1, 2011
By Vanessa Schipani | January 1, 2011
Mining Bacterial Small Molecules
L. Caetano M. Antunes, Julian E. Davies and B. Brett Finlay | Jan 1, 2011
As much as rainforests or deep-sea vents, the human gut holds rich stores of microbial chemicals that should be mined for their pharmacological potential.