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Dangers of exploiting science without understanding it

Recent years have seen a huge growth in the public awareness of neuroscience. People have become more interested in new findings ...

Using consumer genetics to map the world’s genealogy

While millions of people spent last weekend dumping buckets of ice water on their heads and documenting it on Facebook ...
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Beyond autopsies: Using post-mortem brain scans to understand stroke, head injury and death

Besides their ability to lie completely still in MRI scanners, making them excellent patients, corpses have a lot of offer ...

What happens to early childhood memories?

When I try to recall my life before my fifth birthday, I can summon only glimmers—these match strikes in the ...

Drug-resistant pathogens and the continuing battle against malaria

The meandering Moei river marks the natural boundary between Thailand and Myanmar. Its muddy waters are at their fullest, but ...

Does dyslexia come with some advantages?

Dyslexia is often called a “learning disability.” And it can indeed present learning challenges. Although its effects vary widely, children ...

Stem cell dysfunction may be responsible in some cases of schizophrenia

A gene long associated with schizophrenia and subsequently studied in rodent brain has now been scrutinized in human neurons. These neurons, derived ...
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Diet wars: ‘Caveman diet’ is all the rage, but ignores what our ancient ancestors really ate

Before the advances that made agriculture possible, humans ate solely what they could hunt and gather, which varied wildly depending ...
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Alzheimer’s: Epigenetics and the APOE gene offer new reasons for hope

The genetics of Alzheimer's disease is complicated and still somewhat mysterious. But in the last week, researchers reported on two ...

IBM chip mimics brain, marks advancement in artificial intelligence

The human brain is the world's most sophisticated computer capable of learning new things on the fly, using very little ...
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Can identifying ‘suicide genes’ help predict risk?

No one could have predicted that Oscar-winning comedian Robin Williams would kill himself. Or could they? When someone commits suicide, ...

‘Subway’ map tracks journey of engineered stem cells

The differentiation of engineered stem cells may be imagined as a subway journey, where the genetic equivalents of missing a transfer or ...

Are we puppets of our own gut bacteria?

Your body is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and other microbes, collectively known as your microbiome. Naturalists first became aware ...
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Information-rich society drains our brains of creativity if we don’t take needed breaks

Creativity, argues neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, requires mental downtown for ideas and connections to bubble up out of our knowledge base ...
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Is epigenetics being exploited by the media?

Epigenetics has seen a flurry of research and headlines lately, achieving science-buzzword status. But is the immature nature of the ...
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How ancient humans can help us better understand ourselves

For 200,000 years, modern humans have walked the earth. How did we become what we are today? In answering this ...

Potential PTSD treatments to focus on individual genetic differences

Most people gradually recover from trauma, but a small fraction of individuals develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — prompting scientists ...

Can stem cells aid in brain recovery after stroke?

Five patients received the treatment in a pilot study conducted by doctors at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and scientists at Imperial ...
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Brain breakthrough: Genome-wide association studies herald advances in treating mental disorders

Nothing is more challenging to science, or potentially more heartbreaking, than mental illness. The human brain remains inscrutable. But recent ...

In an age of genetic healing, what happens to those too old to find cures?

I can still remember each second of that day just before Christmas when everything changed. The happy family lunch, then ...

3D “jelly doughnut” models brain, may prove vital to future research

A doughnut created in a lab and made of silk on the outside and collagen gel where the jelly ought ...

People missing Alzheimer’s gene provide clue to disease

The 40-year-old man showed up in Dr. Mary Malloy’s clinic with sadly disfiguring symptoms. His hands, elbows, ears and feet ...
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Video: Appetite control and emotion arise from similar brain areas

Relatively few neurons, only thousands, control appetite in a brain region linked to inhibition, fear and emotion according to a ...
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Did the Hobbit have Down syndrome?

Was H. floresiensis aka the Hobbit really a different species of ancient hominid? Or, as a new study may indicate, ...

Amid focus on curing illness, concern over treatment of disabled in society

I can still remember each second of that day just before Christmas when everything changed.The happy family lunch, then the ...
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Your brain is making subliminal, near-instantaneous judgements of people based on their faces

Your brain is making a snap judgement on the trustworthiness of each stranger you see based on their faces -- ...

Rethinking addiction and the brain on drugs

Every day sees a new research article on addiction, be it cocaine, heroin, food or porn. Each one takes a specific angle on how addiction ...

UK considers benefits and risks of ‘three-parent’ IVF

The UK Parliament will soon consider making Britain the first country to allow three person IVF. The regulations are yet to be ...