stem cells, neuroscience, disease & medicine
How Artistic Brains Differ
How Artistic Brains Differ
Jef Akst | Apr 18, 2014
A study reveals structural differences between the brains of artists and non-artists.
Triggering Resilience to Depression
Triggering Resilience to Depression
Ed Yong | Apr 17, 2014
In mice, boosting depression-causing activity in neurons can actually reverse depressive symptoms.
A Face to Remember
A Face to Remember
Sarah Lewin | Apr 17, 2014
Researchers show that a tuning algorithm can make one’s profile photo more memorable.
Rats Receive Lab-Grown Esophagi
Rats Receive Lab-Grown Esophagi
Tracy Vence | Apr 16, 2014
Researchers successfully transplant engineered esophagi into living rats.
Sex-Biased Alzheimer’s Variant
Sex-Biased Alzheimer’s Variant
Kerry Grens | Apr 14, 2014
Women with a notorious variant of a gene involved in Alzheimer’s, APOE4, are much more likely than men with the variant to develop the neurodegenerative disease.
Traces of Trauma in Sperm RNA
Traces of Trauma in Sperm RNA
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Apr 13, 2014
A mouse study shows that molecular remnants of early-life stress can be passed on to future generations.
Week in Review: April 7–11
Week in Review: April 7–11
Tracy Vence | Apr 11, 2014
Stress and telomere length in children; osmotic channel protein identified; amoeba nibbles, then kills cells; amphetamine and mental disorder risk; news from AACR
Lab-Grown Muscle Self-Repairs
Lab-Grown Muscle Self-Repairs
Kerry Grens | Apr 8, 2014
Implanted into mice, lab-reared muscle made from stem cells can heal itself after an injury.  
Recession Boosts STEM Enrollment
Recession Boosts STEM Enrollment
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 8, 2014
Undergraduate students are more likely to enroll in engineering and biology since the last economic downturn, a survey finds.
Week in Review: March 31–April 4
Week in Review: March 31–April 4
Tracy Vence | Apr 4, 2014
Transcriptional landscape of the fetal brain; how a parasitic worm invades plants; difficulties reproducing “breakthrough” heart regeneration method; oxytocin and dishonesty