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Neighborhood cops: Some immune cells defend just 1 organ

Scientists have uncovered a new way the immune system may fight cancers and viral infections. The finding could aid efforts to use immune cells...

Scientists develop ‘playbook’ for reverse engineering tissue

Consider the marvel of the embryo. It begins as a glob of identical cells that change shape and function as they multiply to become...

Neuroscientists reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice

Limiting a certain protein in the brain reverses Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice, report neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Intitute for Learning and Memory. Researchers found that...

Seeking a ‘parts list’ for the retina

New technique classifies retinal neurons into 15 categories, including some previously unknown types. As we scan a scene, many types of neurons in our retinas...

Humans can distinguish at least 1 trillion different odors

In a world perfumed by freshly popped popcorn and exhaust fumes, where sea breezes can mingle with the scents of sweet flowers or wet...

What happened when? How the brain stores memories by time

Before I left the house this morning, I let the cat out and started the dishwasher. Or was that yesterday? Very often, our memories...

Researchers Pinpoint Brain Region Essential for Social Memory

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have determined that a small region of the hippocampus known as CA2 is essential for social memory, the...

2013 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge winners named

Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science named 18 winners, honorable mentions and People's Choice awardees in the highly acclaimed International Science &...

New Sleep Gene Promotes the Need to Sleep

All creatures great and small, including fruitflies, need sleep. Researchers have surmised that sleep – in any species -- is necessary for repairing proteins,...

Worry on the Brain: Researchers pinpoint neural circuitry that promotes anxiety

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 18 percent of American adults suffer from anxiety disorders, characterized as excessive worry or tension...

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