Nature

Learning brakes in the brain

A brain capable of learning is important for survival: only those who learn can endure in the natural world. When it learns, the brain stores new information by changing the strength of the junctions that ...

May 13, 2014
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Biotech to the rescue

MIT professor Ram Sasisekharan's three biotech companies—Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Cerulean Pharma, and Visterra—share a similar goal. "It's about the impact we can have on patient care," says Sasisekharan, ...

Apr 28, 2014
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A CRISPR way to edit DNA

The CRISPR/Cas gene editing system has a lot of buzz behind it: an amusingly crunchy name, an intriguing origin, and potential uses both in research labs and even in the clinic. We heard that Emory scientists ...

Apr 28, 2014
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Scientists find new genes on male sex chromosomes

Scientists are a step closer to discovering what determines the sex of Australia's iconic platypus and echidna, after an international study involving researchers from the University of Adelaide and UNSW Australia unravelled ...

Apr 24, 2014
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Classifying sequence variants in human disease

Sequencing an entire human genome is faster and cheaper than ever before, leading to an explosion of studies comparing the genomes of people with and without a given disease. Often clinicians and researchers studying genetic ...

Apr 23, 2014
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