transgenic mice, neuroscience
Herpes Viruses Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Herpes Viruses Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 21, 2018

A new study shows that the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients have a greater viral load, while another study in mice shows infection leads to amyloid-β build up.

Dopamine Neuron Implants Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms in Monkeys
Dopamine Neuron Implants Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms in Monkeys
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 20, 2018
The stem cell–derived transplants were stable for 24 months and led to wide-ranging behavioral improvements in the monkeys.  
Image of the Day: Memory Jogger
Image of the Day: Memory Jogger
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 12, 2018
Scientists can livestream how the mouse brain’s hippocampus maps the physical world and accesses those memories.  
Bees Appear Able to Comprehend the Concept of Zero
Bees Appear Able to Comprehend the Concept of Zero
Ashley Yeager | Jun 7, 2018
The insects correctly ordered an absence of black dots as “less than” a group of black dots.
Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe
Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2018
The first human experiment with neural precursor cells implanted to treat chronic spinal cord injury suggests the procedure is safe, and hints at a small benefit.  
Trauma Biologist: A Profile of Israel Liberzon
Trauma Biologist: A Profile of Israel Liberzon
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 1, 2018
The University of Michigan neuroscientist has developed therapies for patients with PTSD and laboratory models to understand its basis.
PTSD Circuits
PTSD Circuits
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2018
Watch profilee Israel Liberzon of the University of Michigan discuss his work trying to piece together the neurological routes of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Artificial Nerve Senses Pressure, Moves Cockroach Leg
Artificial Nerve Senses Pressure, Moves Cockroach Leg
Shawna Williams | May 31, 2018
The device could one day help enable prosthetics deliver richer touch information to users.
Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size
Abby Olena | May 31, 2018
Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.
Aging-Related Diseases May Be a Negative Outcome of Human Evolution
Aging-Related Diseases May Be a Negative Outcome of Human Evolution
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 31, 2018
Genetic adaptations for human brain development also make us vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.