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Early Lead Exposure Affects Gene Expression Throughout Life

A team of researchers led by North Carolina State University biologists Cathrine Hoyo and Randy Jirtle have found links between lead exposure in children...

New research allows doctors to image dangerous ‘hardening’ of the arteries 

Imaging atherosclerotic calcification or ‘hardening of the arteries’ using positron emission tomography Credit: University of Cambridge Researchers at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with...

Gene therapy restores hearing in deaf mice

Using gene therapy, researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital have restored hearing in mice that have a genetic form of deafness....

Trending science: Study reveals dramatic differences in rates of ageing 

Have you noticed how some people appear to nimbly defy the ageing process while others are quickly subjected to its ills? This isn’t merely...

MARCKS Protein May Help Protect Brain Cells from Age Damage

A protein produced by specialized barrier cells in the brain could help protect the brain from damage due to aging. This protein – MARCKS...

Functioning brain follows famous sand pile model 

One of the deep problems in understanding the brain is to understand how relatively simple computing units (the neurons), collectively perform extremely complex operations...

Expanding the DNA alphabet: ‘extra’ DNA base found to be stable...

A rare DNA base, previously thought to be a temporary modification, has been shown to be stable in mammalian DNA, suggesting that it plays...

Seeing more deeply with laser light

A human skull, on average, is about 0.3 inches thick, or roughly the depth of the latest smartphone. Human skin, on the other hand,...

Uncovering a dynamic cortex

Researchers at MIT have proven that the brain’s cortex doesn’t process specific tasks in highly specialized modules — showing that the cortex is, in...

Gene Therapy Prevents Parkinson’s Disease in Animal Model, Says Pitt Study

Gene therapy to reduce production of a brain protein successfully prevented development of Parkinson’s disease in an animal study, according to researchers at the University...

MRI Technology Reveals Deep Brain Pathways in Unprecedented Detail

Scientists at Duke Medicine have produced a 3-D map of the human brain stem at an unprecedented level of detail using MRI technology. In a...

New tactic targets brain tumors

Drugs that target insulin pathways to slow or stop the growth of brain tumors are going in the right direction but appear to be...

Computer model explains how the brain categories information

New York University researchers have devised a computer model to explain how a neural circuit learns to classify sensory stimuli into discrete categories, such...

New method to identify Nurons affecting behavior

A team of scientists has developed a method for identifying clusters of neurons that work in concert to guide the behavior. Their findings, which...

Tetanus Shot Improves Patient Survival With Brain Tumor Immunotherapy

An innovative approach using a tetanus booster to prime the immune system enhances the effect of a vaccine therapy for lethal brain tumors, dramatically...

Magnetic brain stimulation

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles — a technique allowing direct...

Steroids Rapidly Restore Blood-Brain Barrier Function after Blast 

Barclay Morrison III, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has led the first study to determine underlying biological mechanisms that promote functional...

Bioelectricity Plays Key Role in Brain Development & Repair 

Research reported today by Tufts University biologists shows for the first time that bioelectrical signals among cells control and instruct embryonic brain development and...

Brain processes ongoing pain more emotionally

  A momentary lapse of concentration is all it takes for a finger to become trapped, to receive a bump on the head or sprain...

The secret of wrinkling, folding, and creasing 

The process of wrinkle formation is familiar to anyone who has ever sat in a bathtub a little too long. But exactly why layered...