techniques, genetics & genomics, neuroscience
Alzheimer's Drugs Harmful?
Bob Grant | Feb 20, 2012
The researcher who helped develop an Alzheimer's treatment now in clinical trials warns that the compound may actually impair memory.
Our Missing Genes
Sabrina Richards | Feb 17, 2012
New research suggests that the average person has about 20 genes with loss-of-function mutations—many more than previously suspected.
Signs of Neuro-problems?
Jef Akst | Feb 17, 2012
The likelihood of developing dementia later in life may be predicted by the speed at which people walk, while grip strength may predict stroke.
Next Generation: Rockets for the Gut
Edyta Zielinska | Feb 14, 2012
Researchers develop a tiny device that motors around the stomach, fueled by its acidic environment.
Freeze-tolerant Flies
Sabrina Richards | Feb 13, 2012
Two steps help Drosophila melanogaster larvae survive freezing conditions.
Next Generation: World’s First Nano-ear
Megan Scudellari | Feb 10, 2012
A new device can detect sounds a million times fainter than the hearing threshold of the human ear.
Comment on New NIH Center
Megan Scudellari | Feb 10, 2012
Input lines are open for the National Institute of Substance Use and Addiction Disorders.
Brain Proteins May Be Key to Aging
Bob Grant | Feb 8, 2012
Deterioration of long-lived proteins on the surface of neuronal nuclei in the brain could lead to age-related defects in nervous function.
Isolating Genomes from the Masses
Jef Akst | Feb 6, 2012
Researchers find a way to determine the sequence of a single species from metagenomics data of entire microbial communities.
Sex, Deconstructed
Megan Scudellari | Feb 2, 2012
Hormones in the brain control sex-specific behaviors by activating individual genetic programs.