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Optogenetic toolkit goes multicolor

MIT
Sunday, February 9, 2014

Optogenetics is a technique that allows scientists to control neurons’ electrical activity with light by engineering them to express light-sensitive proteins. Within the past decade, it has become a very powerful tool for discovering the functions of different types of cells in the brain.


Mechanism discovered for how amyotrophic lateral sclerosis mutations damage nerve function

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists led a study showing that mutations in a gene responsible for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disrupt the RNA transport system in nerve cells. The findings appear in the current issue of the scientific journal Neuron and offer a new focus for efforts to develop effective treatments.


Mouse Study Shows Gene Therapy May Be Possible Cure for Hurler Syndrome

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Researchers used blood platelets and bone marrow cells to deliver potentially curative gene therapy to mouse models of the human genetic disorder Hurler syndrome – an often fatal condition that causes organ damage and other medical complications.


Researchers ID more pesticides linked to Parkinson's, gene that increases risk

UCLA
Monday, February 3, 2014

Studies have shown that certain pesticides can increase people's risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Now, UCLA researchers have found that the strength of that risk depends on an individual's genetic makeup, which, in the most pesticide-exposed populations, could increase a person's chance of developing the debilitating disease two- to six-fold.


Stanford researchers discover how parts of the brain work together, or alone

Stanford University
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Stanford researchers may have solved a riddle about the inner workings of the brain, which consists of billions of neurons, organized into many different regions, with each region primarily responsible for different tasks.


Scientists Discover New Genetic Forms of Neurodegeneration

UC San Diego Health System
Thursday, January 30, 2014


Researchers find epileptic activity spreads in new way

Case Western Reserve University
Monday, January 27, 2014

Researchers in the biomedical engineering department at Case Western Reserve University have found that epileptic activity can spread through a part of the brain in a new way, suggesting a possible novel target for seizure-blocking medicines.


Molecular Basis of Memory Watching Molecules Morph into Memories

Albert Einstein College Of Medicine
Thursday, January 23, 2014


Brain Uses Serotonin To Perpetuate Chronic Pain Signals In Local Nerves

Johns Hopkins
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Setting the stage for possible advances in pain treatment, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland report they have pinpointed two molecules involved in perpetuating chronic pain in mice.


Findings Could Help Explain Origins of Human Limb Control Zebrafish study connects data between fish and mammalian locomotion

Northwestern
Thursday, January 9, 2014

We might have more in common with a lamprey than we think, according to a new Northwestern University study on locomotion. At its core, the study of transparent zebrafish addresses a fundamental evolution issue: How did we get here?

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