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The human brain

Neuroscience: Big promises, big problems

Neuroimaging is widely regarded as the key to understanding everything we do -- but is this wrong? ...

Researchers identify genes linked to migraine headaches

The following is an edited excerpt. Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute say they have identified five regions of ...

Genes involved in birth defects may also lead to mental illness

The following is an excerpt. Gene mutations that lead to major birth defects may also cause subtle disruptions in the ...

Brain tumors may control gene expression through new forms of RNA

The following is an edited excerpt. A new study, published in RNA Biology, reveals how brain tumours communicate with other cells ...

Sequence of gene expression creates neural diversity in fruit flies

A team of New York University biologists has found that a series of genes sequentially expressed in brain stem cells ...
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The most detailed map of the human brain ever

A new 3D brain map called BigBrain is the most detailed ever constructed, with a resolution so high it can ...

The present and future of neurogenomics

The following is an edited excerpt. On April 2nd, 2013, President Obama proposed a forward-thinking, $100 million research program designed ...
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The perils of neurocentrism

The issue with fMRI and other neuroscience techniques is "neurocentrism" -- "the view that human experience and behavior can be ...

Persistant RNA linked to mental disorders

The following is an excerpt. How do the faulty brain circuits involved in mental disorders such as autism or retardation ...

Scientists restore long-term memory to mice

The following is an excerpt. University of California-Irvine neurobiologists have discovered a protein complex in neurons that is essential to ...

The epigenetics of monogomy in prarie voles

The following is an edited excerpt. The mechanism behind prairie voles’ lifelong social monogamy is partly epigenetic, according to a ...

Honey bee navigation gene identified

The following is an excerpt. In a new study, researchers report that a regulatory gene known to be involved in ...

Scientists discover molecular trigger for itching

The following is an edited excerpt. Once thought to be a low-level form of pain, itch is instead a distinct ...

Ethical path to artificial stem cell technology

Australian research has created a molecular roadmap that shows how any cell in the human body can be turned into ...

Body clock genes linked to depression

Genes believed to regulate sleep rhythm are expressed abnormally in people with major depressive disorders, scientists say ...

Anti-biotech activist Jeffrey Smith peddles pseudo-science

The following is an edited excerpt. When the definitive history of the GMO debate is written, Jeffrey Smith is going ...

How do identical twins develop different personalities?

The following is an excerpt. Find a link to the full story below. Despite having the same genetic makeup, identical ...
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What role will genetics play in a biology-based approach to psychiatry?

Calls for a biology-based psychiatry are growing louder, but how will genetics fit into this puzzle? ...
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Head for numbers? Brain anatomy best predictor of math aptitude

Children who are good at math may literally have a brain for numbers. New research indicates that the physical structure ...

Biological secrets of the criminal mind

The following is an excerpt. What is science revealing about the nature of the criminal mind? Adrian Raine, a professor ...

Unlocking crime using biological keys

The following is an excerpt. Bad brains result in bad behavior. A new body of knowledge is documenting beyond reasonable ...
Criminal brains

Bad brains: Did my DNA make me do it?

Are perpetrators of violence suffering from a medical condition that demands a public health reaction that might radically alter the ...
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Navigating the agricultural biotech minefield: When an MIT study is not an MIT study

Thanks to a credulous Reuters report, a shoddy piece of pseudoscience is making the rounds as “an MIT study” linking ...

Gene networks in brains of deceased patients reveal potential therapy for Alzheimer’s disease

The following is an excerpt. Most information about the cause of Alzheimer's disease is based on studies from animal models ...

‘Master gene’ makes mouse brain look more human

In the cartoon series named after them, Pinky and the Brain, two laboratory mice genetically enhanced to increase their intelligence plot ...

Radical gene therapy gives hope to young cancer patients

The following is an excerpt. Australian doctors are using radical gene therapy to help treat a rare and aggressive childhood ...

Embryonic stem cell transplant restores memory, learning in mice

The following is an excerpt. For the first time, human embryonic stem cells have been transformed into nerve cells that ...

Zebrafish genome helps in hunt for treatments

The following is an excerpt. When scientists began sequencing the zebrafish genome in 2001, the model organism was a favourite ...