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Resisting Cancer
Resisting Cancer
George Klein | Apr 1, 2015
If one out of three people develops cancer, that means two others don’t. Understanding why could lead to insights relevant to prevention and treatment.
Pain and Itch Neurons Found
Pain and Itch Neurons Found
Kerry Grens | Mar 31, 2015
Inhibitory nerve cells in the spinal cord stop the transmission of pain and itch signals in mice.
Short, Strong Signals
Short, Strong Signals
Ruth Williams | Mar 25, 2015
Methylation increases both the activity and instability of the signaling protein Notch.
Opinion: Can the Brain Be Trained?
Opinion: Can the Brain Be Trained?
Erin Abner | Mar 23, 2015
Online brain-training is gaining popularity, but so far little evidence exists to support claims of improved cognition.
Irisin Skepticism Goes Way Back
Irisin Skepticism Goes Way Back
Kerry Grens | Mar 18, 2015
Post-publication peer reviewers had questioned data about the supposed fat-browning enzyme from the get-go.
Stimulating Neurons with Light and Gold
Stimulating Neurons with Light and Gold
Jef Akst | Mar 12, 2015
Researchers develop a technique to trigger neural activity in culture using light to heat gold nanoparticles.
Human Brain Project Reviewed
Human Brain Project Reviewed
Bob Grant | Mar 10, 2015
After weathering serious criticism last year, the European Commission–backed effort to map the brain’s neural connections must reform or die, a review panel says.
Modifying Memories During Sleep
Modifying Memories During Sleep
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 9, 2015
Researchers create a link between a location and a reward in sleeping mice.
As the Brain Ages
As the Brain Ages
Morten Scheibye-Knudsen | Mar 1, 2015
See human brains age in week-by-week time lapse images that divulge the existence of tiny strokes that damage white matter.
Tricky Transfections
Tricky Transfections
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2015
A combination of microinjection and electroporation inserts genes into hard-to-reach cells.