probiotic, neuroscience
Book Excerpt from <em>Swearing is Good for You</em>
Book Excerpt from Swearing is Good for You
Emma Byrne | Jan 23, 2018
In chapter 1, “The Bad Language Brain: Neuroscience and Swearing,” author Emma Byrne sets the scene for her book by telling the story of the hapless and potty-mouthed Phineas Gage.
Learning Opens the Genome
Learning Opens the Genome
Ruth Williams | Jan 17, 2018
Researchers map learning-induced chromatin alterations in mouse brain cells, and find that many affect autism-associated genes.
Neurons Use Virus-Like Proteins to Transmit Information
Neurons Use Virus-Like Proteins to Transmit Information
Diana Kwon | Jan 15, 2018
In mice and flies, the Arc protein forms capsids and carries genetic information.
Long-Term Brain Rhythms Offer Possibility of Predicting Seizures
Long-Term Brain Rhythms Offer Possibility of Predicting Seizures
Diana Kwon | Jan 8, 2018
Researchers identify patterns of neural activity ranging from a few days to four weeks in individuals with epilepsy.
Primary Cilia in Neurons Linked to Obesity
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. 
Pfizer to Halt Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Drug Research
Pfizer to Halt Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Drug Research
Jim Daley | Jan 7, 2018
The company’s recent effort to find new treatments for Alzheimer’s ended in disappointment.
Contributors
Contributors
Jef Akst and Katarina Zimmer | Jan 1, 2018
Meet some of the people featured in the January 2018 issue of The Scientist.
Sex Differences in Opioid Analgesia: A Complicated Picture
Sex Differences in Opioid Analgesia: A Complicated Picture
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2018
Researchers are beginning to tease apart the mechanisms underlying differences in how males and females respond to powerful painkillers.
Mothers Are Hard-Wired to Respond Similarly to Infant Cries Across Cultures
Mothers Are Hard-Wired to Respond Similarly to Infant Cries Across Cultures
Shawna Williams | Jan 1, 2018
Researchers find consistent behaviors and brain activity in an international study.
Targeting Sodium Channels for Pain Relief
Targeting Sodium Channels for Pain Relief
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2018
The race to develop analgesic drugs that inhibit sodium channel NaV1.7 is revealing a complex sensory role for the protein.