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Behavioral Profiling and Genetic Engineering: In Search of Animal Models for Autism Spectrum Disorder

By |December 14th, 2016|Laboratory Exploration|

ASD is a socially debilitating condition with an extraordinarily high rate of heritability. The prominent role of genetics in ASD has prompted scientists to search for genetic candidates for the disorder, a process that often […]

612, 2016
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The Neurobiology of Voodoo Death

By |December 6th, 2016|Brain Scene Investigation|

We have probably all said at some point in our lives that some­thing nearly scared us to death. A roller coaster, a haunted house, a near-missed traffic accident, a sensitive text that was sent to […]

1611, 2016
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Optogenetics: Shining a Light on the Brain’s Sleep–Wake Circuits

By |November 16th, 2016|Laboratory Exploration|

The Stanford neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth and his graduate student, Ed Boyden, were intrigued by the observation that certain algae could convert light into electrical energy, as photoreceptors in your eyes do. If these photoreceptive properties […]

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The Frozen Addicts

By |November 3rd, 2016|Brain Scene Investigation|

In the summer of 1982, six individuals found themselves in emergency rooms in the San Jose, California, area with odd symptoms. Although these patients were young adults, they were “frozen” as if they had advanced […]

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The Brain in Technicolor

By |October 12th, 2016|Laboratory Exploration|

Considering the vast number of cells in the nervous system, it is mind-boggling to comprehend how they all ultimately connect to form functioning neural networks. Clusters of neurons in the cerebellum, for example, form connections […]

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The Experimental Wedding

By |October 4th, 2016|Brain Scene Investigation|

When science writer Linda Geddes met fellow science writer Nic Fleming, it was the beginning of a life-changing neuroendocrine experiment. Their interactions and emotional ties became more serious over time, leading to dating and, finally, […]

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A Nicotine Vaccine?

By |September 20th, 2016|Laboratory Exploration|

With so many people dying from diseases related to nicotine addiction and cigarette smoking, pharmaceutical companies are motivated to develop drugs to help smokers kick the habit. Approaches such as nicotine gum and patches have […]