A brown tick is shown from above as it climbs a green blade of grass
Bacterial Symbionts Tell Ticks When to Eat
The endosymbiont Coxiella affects tick serotonin production and subsequent blood-feeding behavior, a study finds.
Bacterial Symbionts Tell Ticks When to Eat
Bacterial Symbionts Tell Ticks When to Eat

The endosymbiont Coxiella affects tick serotonin production and subsequent blood-feeding behavior, a study finds.

The endosymbiont Coxiella affects tick serotonin production and subsequent blood-feeding behavior, a study finds.

serotonin
disease & medicine, neuroscience, microelectrode, techniques, dopamine, serotonin, neuromodulator, neurotransmitter, neuropsychiatric disorders
Serotonin and Dopamine Linked to Decision-Making: Study
Amanda Heidt | Oct 16, 2020 | 5 min read
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers monitored subsecond changes in levels of the neurotransmitters in the human brain, unlocking new insight into their function.
Losing Touch: Another Drawback of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ashley Yeager | May 19, 2020 | 5+ min read
Affectionate touches tap into the nervous system’s rest and digest mode, reducing the release of stress hormones, bolstering the immune system, and stimulating brainwaves linked with relaxation.
Infographic: The Neurobiology of Suicidal Behavior
Catherine Offord | Jan 13, 2020 | 2 min read
Clues about the biological mechanisms that contribute to a person’s chance of contemplating or attempting suicide
What Neurobiology Can Tell Us About Suicide
Catherine Offord | Jan 13, 2020 | 5+ min read
The biochemical mechanisms in the brain underlying suicidal behavior are beginning to come to light, and researchers hope they could one day lead to better treatment and prevention strategies.
Serotonin Neurons Implicated in SIDS
Ashley Yeager | Jan 1, 2019 | 2 min read
Inhibiting nerve cells that produce the neurotransmitter made it harder for baby mice to recover from bouts of slowed breathing.
Maternal Obesity and Diabetes Linked to Autism in Children
Sukanya Charuchandra | Oct 1, 2018 | 5 min read
Inflammation may be a strong contender for the connection between mom’s weight and children’s neurodevelopment, according to lab studies on animals.
Octopuses On Ecstasy Reveal Commonalities with Humans
Shawna Williams | Sep 21, 2018 | 2 min read
Just as in people, the drug stimulates the animals to behave more socially.
Serotonin Involved in a Slug Host’s Response to a Parasite
Yao-Hua Law | Mar 12, 2018 | 3 min read
Host slugs given Prozac to increase their serotonin levels no longer avoid parasitic nematodes, the same behavior seen in infected slugs.
Sudden Infant Death Tied to Serotonin
Kerry Grens | Jul 3, 2017 | 2 min read
One-third of babies who died of SIDS had higher-than-normal levels of the neurotransmitter in their blood serum, according to a study. 
Neural Circuit Plays Role in Overeating
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 8, 2016 | 1 min read
Activating serotonin receptors halts a binge-like eating behavior in mice, researchers report.
Out in the Cold
Karen Zusi | Mar 1, 2016 | 2 min read
Serotonin’s long-debated role in sleep promotion is temperature-dependent.
Telomeres Show Signs of Early-Life Stress
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 7, 2014 | 3 min read
Reduction in telomere length is associated with stress early on in life and may have a genetic component, researchers find.
Transport Breakdown
Kate Yandell | Jul 1, 2013 | 2 min read
Deficiencies in a cellular motor that carries a serotonin receptor are associated with anxiety in mice.
Double Blind
Cristina Luiggi | Oct 1, 2011 | 3 min read
The mother of disabled twins doggedly pursued the root of her children's illness and found it in their genome profiles.