stem cells, neuroscience, disease & medicine
Week in Review: June 9–13
Week in Review: June 9–13
Tracy Vence | Jun 13, 2014
Ancient apoptotic pathway connects humans to coral; lab-grown, light-sensing retinal tissue; tracking cancer with synthetic phospholipids; diving deep into the lung microbiome
Light-Sensing Retina in a Dish
Light-Sensing Retina in a Dish
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 10, 2014
From human induced pluripotent stem cells, researchers grow 3-D retinal tissue that can sense light. 
BRAIN Initiative Asks for $4.5B
BRAIN Initiative Asks for $4.5B
Kerry Grens | Jun 9, 2014
An advisory committee for the BRAIN Initiative says that to fully fund the goals of the neuroscience research program, taxpayers should fork over $4.5 billion.
Week in Review: June 2–6
Week in Review: June 2–6
Tracy Vence | Jun 6, 2014
The malnourished microbiome; innate immunity and beige fat; tools for stem cell self-renewal; predicting tomorrow’s PIs; MERS update
Minimal Toolkit for Stem Cell Self-Renewal
Minimal Toolkit for Stem Cell Self-Renewal
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 5, 2014
Researchers identify a network of a dozen transcription factors needed to maintain the pluripotent state of mouse embryonic stem cells. 
Final Straw for STAP?
Final Straw for STAP?
Tracy Vence | Jun 4, 2014
Independent analysis uncovers suspected mouse cell mix-up, while stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency lead author Haruko Obokata agrees to retract the work in full.
Leptin’s Effects
Leptin’s Effects
Kerry Grens | Jun 2, 2014
The hormone leptin, which signals fullness to animals, acts not only through neurons but through glia, too.
Nutrient-Sensing Neurons
Nutrient-Sensing Neurons
Tracy Vence | Jun 1, 2014
Using just three dopaminergic neurons, Drosophila larvae can sense whether a food source lacks a full roster of essential amino acids.
Kavli Congrats
Kavli Congrats
Kerry Grens | May 30, 2014
A nonet of scientists, including researchers in nano-optics and in the neuroscience of memory, earned the 2014 Kavli prizes.
Brains vs. Biceps?
Brains vs. Biceps?
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 29, 2014
Early humans may have made an evolutionary tradeoff, giving up muscular strength to fuel bigger brains.