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Monkey studies reveal possible origin of human speech

Monkey studies reveal possible origin of human speech

Most animals, including our primate cousins, communicate: they gesture, grimace, grunt, and sing. As a rule, however, they do not speak. So how, exactly,...

A new way to enhance nerve growth following injury

New research published today out of the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) uncovers a mechanism to promote growth in damaged nerve cells...

How a Silly Putty ingredient could advance stem cell therapies

The sponginess of the environment where human embryonic stem cells are growing affects the type of specialized cells they eventually become, a University of...

You’ve know you’ve worked too long in a lab when…

My fellow scientists, you’re not alone in thinking “is it just me….”. Here is a short list of the few crazy things we do,...

Low doses of anti-anxiety drugs rebalance the autistic brain

New research in mice suggests that autism is characterized by reduced activity of inhibitory neurons and increased activity of excitatory neurons in the brain,...

New target for condition that makes touch feel like torture

Researchers at the School of Medicine have identified a subset of nerve cells that mediates a form of chronic, touch-evoked pain called tactile allodynia, a condition...

Brain cell activity regulates Alzheimer’s protein

Increased brain cell activity boosts brain fluid levels of a protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research from scientists atWashington University School...

Prions Are Key to Preserving Long Term Memories

Prions can be notoriously destructive, spurring proteins to misfold and interfere with cellular function as they spread without control. New research, published in the...

Surprising new clue to the roots of hunger

Researchers are creating a wiring diagram of the complex brain circuits that regulate this intense motivational state While the function of eating is to nourish...

Toxin from brain cells triggers neuron loss in human ALS model

In most cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, a toxin released by cells that normally nurture neurons in the brain...

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