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The Love Lives of Fruit Flies

July 16, 2018

Two fruit flies meet in an acrylic mating chamber and check each other out. It’s the insect version…
New strategy identifies potential drugs and targets for brain repair

March 29, 2017

Researchers have discovered drugs that activate signaling pathways leading to specific adult brain cell types from stem cells…
When writing interferes with hearing

March 29, 2017

For deaf people, the reorganization of brain circuits impacts on the success of cochlear implants A cochlear implant…
MicroRNA treatment restores nerve insulation, limb function in mice with MS

March 28, 2017

Study sheds light on possible therapeutic approach for neurodegenerative disease Scientists partially re-insulated ravaged nerves in mouse models…
Cracking the code of Huntington’s disease

March 26, 2017

Huntington’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that causes patients to lose their ability to move, speak, and even…
Parallel computation provides deeper insight into brain function

March 26, 2017

New computational software developed by OIST researchers is hundreds of times faster than conventional tools, opening up new…
Scientists get closer look at living nerve synapses

March 26, 2017

Custom-built microscope reveals details of how neurons communicate The brain hosts an extraordinarily complex network of interconnected nerve…
Surprising culprit in nerve cell damage identified

March 26, 2017

Findings suggest ways to block nerve cell damage in neurodegenerative diseases In many neurodegenerative conditions — Parkinson’s disease,…
New gene discovered associated with Tau, a common form of brain pathology

March 26, 2017

Tau pathology may be more closely connected to loss of brain function with advancing age Investigators at Rush…
Clock stars: Astrocytes keep time for brain, behavior

March 26, 2017

Star-shaped cells around neurons prove to be surprisingly important players in body’s clock Until recently, work on biological…
New study shows circular RNA can encode for proteins

March 25, 2017

Research shows that circular RNAs, until now considered non-coding, can encode for proteins A group of scientists in…
Diametric brain circuits switch feeding and drinking behaviors on and off in mice

March 23, 2017

Stress eating is something many people are familiar with, but how the brain links positive reinforcement like food…
From skin to brain: Stem cells without genetic modification

March 15, 2017

UB study yields neural crest cells from adult skin cells, and could lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s…
Scientists deploy CRISPR to preserve photoreceptors in mice

March 14, 2017

Gene-editing tool rescues photoreceptors from a variety of mutations Silencing a gene called Nrl in mice prevents the…
‘Jumping genes’ may set the stage for brain cell death in Alzheimer’s, other diseases

March 12, 2017

Mechanism might explain initial stages of neurodegenerative disease The latest round of failed drug trials for Alzheimer’s has…
Hard choices? Ask your brain’s dopamine

March 10, 2017

Say you’re reaching for the fruit cup at a buffet, but at the last second you switch gears…
Researchers discover how neurons tell each other to die under trauma, disease

March 10, 2017

A major contributor to most neurological diseases is the degeneration of a wire-like part of nerve cells called…
Molecules form gels to help cells sense and respond to stress

March 10, 2017

Specific protein is highly sensitive to threatening changes in the cell’s environment and triggers a reversible, adaptive phase…
A nose for smells? Practice makes perfect!

March 8, 2017

The human brain has the ability to recognise and process a very wide range of sensory stimuli, from…
New insights into how inhibitory neurons contribute to functional networks in the cortex

March 8, 2017

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience unravel the functional organization of inhibitory neurons in the…
Molecule shown to repair damaged axons

March 8, 2017

Discovery could be key to treating brain and spinal cord injury A foray into plant biology led one…
Caffeine boosts enzyme that could protect against dementia

March 8, 2017

New analysis reveals 24 compounds that can help reduce impact of harmful proteins in the brain A study…
Brain architecture alters to compensate for depression

March 8, 2017

A study led by Ravi Bansal, PhD, and Bradley S. Peterson, MD, of The Saban Research Institute of…
When less is essential to keep the brain going

March 8, 2017

Like the junctions in an electronic circuit between two semiconductors in an integrated computer chip, synapses in the…
Fructose is generated in the human brain

February 23, 2017

Fructose, a form of sugar linked to obesity and diabetes, is converted in the human brain from glucose,…
A close look at sharp vision in eye structure seen only in humans and other primates

February 22, 2017

What shapes the fovea’s unusual perceptual qualities? Vision scientists have uncovered some of the reasons behind the unusual…
Itch Neurons Play a Role in Managing Pain

February 22, 2017

There are neurons in your skin that are wired for one purpose and one purpose only: to sense…
Discovery of genetic ‘switch’ could help to prevent symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

February 17, 2017

MRC researchers at the University of Leicester have shed light on critical gene network involved in neurological disease…
Laser-based camera improves view of the carotid artery

February 11, 2017

Strokes and heart attacks often strike without warning. But, a unique application of a medical camera could one…
Turning off the protein tap — A new clue to neurodegenerative disease

February 9, 2017

Disabling a part of brain cells that acts as a tap to regulate the flow of proteins has…
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