Posts Tagged neuroscience

may 2015

Today’s posting: courtesy of Harvard University researchers and science writers

Activating genes on demand
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University — March 3, 2015

Blood Work
“Decreased red blood cell clearance appears to predict serious disease”
Harvard Medical School News — April 28, 2015

How to Kill a Protein
“Cells have been doing it for millions of years, and we’re just starting to learn their tactics”
Harvard Medical School News — April 22, 2015
“Artificially activating a neural link in mice can reduce eating without chronic hunger”
Harvard Medical School News — April 28, 2015
New Chapter in Epigenetics
“Unsuspected DNA modification raises possibility of new carrier of heritable epigenetic information”
Harvard Medical School News — April 30, 2015
‘New clarity’ against Alzheimer’s
“Recent findings open the door for a breakthrough, Tanzi says”
Harvard Gazette, Science and Health/Health and Medicine — May 5, 2015

Zooming in on Transcription
“How RNA machinery navigates our genomic obstacle course”
Harvard Medical School News — April 23, 2015


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June 2013: 1

Encoding the Brain
“Researchers map the influence of genes on behavior”
Tricia Brick, Boston University Today, Science and Technology — April 12, 2013

Endothelium, Heal Thyself
“A fresh look at this resilient, adaptable tissue”
Bonnie Prescott, Harvard Medical News — May 15, 2013

Possible genetic explanation for the placebo effect
Program in Placebo Studies — October 12, 2012

Stopping the Spread of MRSA
“ICU bloodstream infections cut by nearly half with simple intervention”
Mary Wallan, Harvard Medical news — May 29, 2013

When the brain is under attack
“A new disease at the crossroads of psychiatry and neurology could help in the understanding of psychosis”
Daniela J. Lamas, Boston Globe —  May 27, 2013


A theorem in limbo shows that QED is not the last word in a mathematical proof
Julie Rehmeyer, Science News — March 25, 2013


Highlights from the American Physical Society meeting, March 2013
“how fire ants need a little water to dig deep, what makes trees scream and a tiny crystal that can squeeze through an even tinier tube”
Science News —  March 25, 2013

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May 2013: 2

A Single Brain Cell Stores a Single Concept [Preview of article]
“Each concept—each person or thing in our everyday experience—may have a set of corresponding neurons assigned to it”
Rodrigo Quian Quiroga , Itzhak Fried and Christof Koch, Scientific American –February 2013

Capturing Tumor Cells
“Third-generation device more rapidly isolates cancer cells from a blood sample for genetic and molecular analysis”
Sue McGreevey, Harvard Medicine News — April 3, 2013

Fight Control
“Researchers link individual neurons to regulation of aggressive behavior in flies”
Angela Alberti, Harvard Medicine News — April 18, 2013

New Cancer Driver Found
“Monoclonal antibody therapy stops tumor growth in mice”
Elizabeth Dougherty, Harvard Medical News — May 7, 2013

Protein rejuvenates aging mouse hearts
Carolyn Y. Johnson, Boston Globe — May 9, 2013

Study IDs key protein for cell death
“Findings may offer a new way to kill cancer cells by forcing them into an alternative programmed-death pathway”
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office — May 14, 2013

The universe

Exploring an ever expanding universe (video)
Listen to Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter reflect on dark energy
Science Friday, May 10, 2013

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April 2013: 2

A Different Kind of Smart
“Animals’ cognitive shortcomings are as revealing as their genius”
Susan Milius, Science News Web edition — April 18, 2013

Bioengineered Rat Kidney Passes Test
“Mass General team’s implantable organ produces urine, but further refinement is needed”
Sue McGreevey, Harvard Medical News — April 14, 2013

Decoding the structure of bone
David L. Chandler, MIT News Office — April 16, 2013

Do fish feel pain? (book) 
Victoria Braithwaite, Oxford University Press, 2010

The Gene Therapy Renaissance
“How one experimental technique overcame a troubled legacy and today is helping the blind to see”
R. Alan Leo, Harvard Medical News — April 18, 2013

Making tissues from water droplets?
Science Friday — April 4, 2013

Movement of solid iron nanocrystal through a constriction in the multiwall carbon nanotube
Coh, Sinisa, Gannett, Will, Zettl, Alex, Cohen, Marvn, Louis, Steven G.
Reported in the Bulletin of the American Physical Society, Volume 58, Number 1, March 18–22, 2013; Baltimore, Maryland

New technique gives see-through view into mouse brains
“Replacing fatty molecules turns organs transparent”
Puneet Kollipara, Science News Web edition — April 10, 2013

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Life sciences, October 2012:1

Controlling behavior, remotely
“Researchers use precise lasers to manipulate neurons in worms’ brains”
Peter Reuell, Harvard Gazette, September 25, 2012

How Drug Pair Closed Cancer’s Alternate Route
“Combination of targeted treatment drugs delays resistance in melanoma patients”
Harvard Medical School
Sue McGreevey — October 1, 2012

Measuring the universe’s ‘exit door’
An international array of telescopes measures a black hole
Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office — September 27, 2012

Mouse stand-ins leading the way toward cures, treatment
The Takeaway radio show, John Hockenberry — September 27, 2012

Oscillating microscopic beads could be key to biolab on a chip
David L. Chandler, MIT News Office — September 26, 2012

Silk-Based Electronics Dissolve on Cue for Vanishing Medical Implants
Katherine Harmon, Scientific American blogs — September 27, 2012

Project ENCODE

Deciphering the language of transcription factors
Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office — September 10, 2012

Mapping a genetic world beyond genes
Project ENCODE, international effort
Haley Bridger, Broad Institute — September 5, 2012

Researchers identify biochemical functions for most of the human genome
Anne Trafton, MIT News Office — September 5, 2012

Science policy

US election: Politicians should think like scientists
Nature 489, 493–494 (27 September 2012)

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