Brain-building gene plays key role in gut repair

The following is an excerpt. A gene with a colorful name – mindbomb 1 – plays a key role far ...

Laser zaps away cocaine addiction in genetically engineered rats

The following is an edited excerpt. Aiming laser light at the portion of the brain associated with impulse control could ...

Hate the gym? Blame your genes

The following is an edited excerpt. According to scientists, the physical effects of exercising such as panting, sweating, pain can ...

Honey bee brain impacted by pesticides

The following is an edited excerpt. Two new studies have highlighted a negative impact on bees' ability to learn following ...

‘Novel, effective’ brain cancer treatment using genetic material

The following is an excerpt. In a first-of-its-kind experiment using microvesicles generated from mesenchymal bone marrow cells (MSCs) to treat ...

The womb’s strange epigenome

The following is an excerpt. This week, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesdescribes a little-known feature ...
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Will animal-machine hybrids fight our next war?

The U.S. government is looking to animal-machine hybrids to safeguard the country and its citizens. The same advances that have ...

DNA damage occurs as part of normal brain activity

The following is an excerpt. Scientists have long known that DNA damage occurs in every cell, accumulating as we age ...
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Genetic engineering may help in mapping the human brain

With the completion of the Human Genome Project, biology’s next big challenge will be to map the human brain, report ...

Scientists find mechanism by which Parkinson’s mutation kills brain cells

The following is an excerpt. March 3, 2013— (Bronx, NY) — Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have ...
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Brain-net: Telepathic mice first step in creation of biological computer

Using neurotechnology, scientists have created rats that can communicate telepathically across continents. Some neuroscientists think the experiments could lead to ...

Five major mental disorders share genetic link

The following is an edited excerpt. The psychiatric illnesses seem very different — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and ...

Your politics are in your genes

It would be silly to think of newborn babies’ brains as being a blank slate. A preponderance of biological research ...
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The brain is not computable

At this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a top neuroscientist dismissed the idea of ...
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Celltex v. the FDA: Do patients have a right to use their own stem cells for unproven treatments?

By classifying stem cells as drugs, regulations from the FDA have prompted Celltex, a Texas-based company that stores and multiplies ...

Stem cell-based bioartificial tissues and organs

The following is an excerpt. Surgeon Paolo Macchiarini has made his name by successfully transplanting bioengineered stem cell-based trachea, composed ...

FDA approves bionic eye for adults with rare genetic disease

The following is an excerpt. For most of us, light-sensitive cells that line our retinas convert light rays into electrical ...

The problem with the bioscience industry (video)

The following is an excerpt. Hilary Rose, co-author of Genes, Cells and Brains, argues that we should treat the medical claims ...
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Bionic eyes may soon be available in the U.S.

For people with retinitis pigmentosa -- a rare genetic disease that damages cells in the back of the eye -- ...

First genomic explanation for schizophrenia proposed

The following is an excerpt. In a new study, Buffalo University geneticists have demonstrated how defects in an important neurological ...

Genome sequencing reveals driving mutations behind common brain tumor

The following is an excerpt. Large-scale genomic sequencing has identified two DNA mutations that appear to drive about 15 percent ...
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Scientists look to burrowing mice to understand genetics of instinct

A recent study in Nature reveals that the complex burrowing behavior of two sister species of mice is controlled by ...

Autism and genetics: It’s complicated

The latest news in autism and genetics, courtesy of Laura Blue writing at Time Healthland: In one of the largest-ever ...
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Human enhancement could turn soldiers into weapons that violate international law

Memory-erasing drugs to ward off PTSD; co-opting the physiology of dolphins and sled-dogs to work all week without sleep few ...

Could a dopamine gene be the key to longer life?

A gene linked to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and addiction might also help you live to be 100. A study ...

Risk genes show up in newborns’ brain scans

Brain scans of newborns show the same brain changes that appear in adults with gene variants linked to Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, ...

Personality-influencing gene may be a key to long life

The human genome is like a roadmap for the body, but our understanding of the road signs that point some ...

Gene determines how much of a “reward” people get from booze

One in six U.S. adults binge-drinks four times a month, consuming an average of eight drinks per session, according to ...