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Mounting Brain Organoid Research Reignites Ethical Debate


As research involving the transplantation of human “mini-brains”—known as brain organoids—into animals to study disease continues to expand,…
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How Our Brains Cope with the Constancy of Change

September 26, 2019

Change is the only constant, according to Heraclitus. It may also be the most important variable for how…
Study gives clues to the origin of Huntington’s disease, and a new way to find drugs

September 18, 2019

The first signs of Huntington’s, an inherited disease that slowly deteriorates bodies and minds, don’t typically surface until…
Wired to Think

September 17, 2019

To understand how humans think, it comes down to the wiring. For 60 years, scientists have used metal…
High-fat diets affect your brain, not just your physical appearance

September 9, 2019

Much research has pointed to how an unhealthy diet correlates to obesity, but has not explored how diet…
Why sometimes we are willing to take risks? It might be because of spontaneous brain fluctuations

August 28, 2019

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where taking a risk could bring some benefits. Sometimes those benefits can…
Prenatal pesticide exposure linked to changes in teen’s brain activity

August 28, 2019

Organophosphates are among the most commonly used classes of pesticides in the United States, despite mounting evidence linking…
Yale study uses real-time fMRI to treat Tourette Syndrome

August 26, 2019

Characterized by repetitive movements or vocalizations known as tics, Tourette Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that plagues many…
A map of the brain can tell what you’re reading about

August 26, 2019

Too busy or lazy to read Melville’s Moby Dick or Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina? That’s OK. Whether you read the classics, or…
Brain region for close-up exploration

August 16, 2019

When viewing objects within reach of our hands, specific areas in the brain become active. This is true…
How brain cells pick which connections to keep

August 16, 2019

Brain cells, or neurons, constantly tinker with their circuit connections, a crucial feature that allows the brain to…
Single protein plays important dual shipping role in the brain

August 16, 2019

Just as a packaging breakdown can hamstring delivery of cables, switches and connectors to a house under construction,…
Super-resolution microscopy sheds light on dementia

August 12, 2019

University of Queensland researchers have used super-resolution microscopy to observe key molecules at work inside living brain cells, further…
Why so fly: Scientists discover some fruit flies learn better than others

August 12, 2019

Fruit flies could one day provide new avenues to discover additional genes that contribute to a person’s ability…
Decoding Touch

August 12, 2019

The inability to tolerate light touch is a telltale feature of autism and one of the disorder’s many…
Manipulating Brain Cells through a Smartphone-Controlled Implant

August 9, 2019

Thanks to a three-year long collaborative effort by researchers from South Korea and the United States, and dozens…
Advanced Neuroimaging Shows Brain Matter Alterations in U.S. Government Personnel Who Developed Neurological Symptoms in Cuba

July 25, 2019

Brain imaging of 40 U.S. government personnel who experienced a host of neurological symptoms after possible exposure of…
For anemonefish, male-to-female sex change happens first in the brain

July 24, 2019

The anemonefish is a gender-bending marvel. It starts out as a male, but can switch to female when…
Fruit flies find their way by setting navigational goals

July 23, 2019

When a fruit fly decides it wants to walk in a particular direction, it sticks to its plan…
At rest your brain is constanly pressing “Replay” button – it helps you deal with unfamiliar situations

July 17, 2019

Human brain is the most mysterious machine in nature. We hardly know anything about it. Scientists from UCL…
Unraveling the brain’s reward circuits

July 3, 2019

To some, a chocolate cake may spark a shot of pleasure typically associated with illicit drugs. A new…
Pigs help scientists understand human brain

July 1, 2019

For the first time, researchers in the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center have used an imaging method normally…
‘Mystical’ Psychedelic Compound Found in Normal Brains

June 28, 2019

In the past few years, thrill-seekers from Hollywood, Silicon Valley and beyond have been travelling to South America…
Learning from experience is all in the timing

June 27, 2019

As animals explore their environment, they learn to master it. By discovering what sounds tend to precede predatorial…
Scientists uncovered the mechanism, responsible for reduced blood flow in Alzheimer’s brains

June 22, 2019

The way energy is distributed throughout the body is by blood. It provides oxygen and nutrients to different…
The fractal brain, from a single neuron’s perspective

June 18, 2019

Hacking into brain signals may be more straightforward than once thought. Physicists studying the brain at Washington University…
Looking at cognitive triggers for extremist violence through brain scans

June 17, 2019

In a new journal article, a team of scientists led by Scott Atran, an adjunct research professor at…
A Precise Look at Alzheimer’s Proteins

June 8, 2019

PNNL scientist sifts for clues from more than 1,000 human brains. A substance known as amyloid beta protein…
Experts Say Video Gaming Helps Improve Your Brain Size and Connectivity

June 6, 2019

Recent studies focused on the benefits of playing video games revealed how long-term gaming increases brain size and…
Even small brains make big decisions

June 3, 2019

A tiny fruit fly ambles through a barren landscape. As the minutes go by and the temperature rises,…
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