Genetics

The surprising twist behind a rare neurological disorder

A fruit fly study, by an international group of researchers, has pinpointed how a genetic mutation causes one of the important molecular machines in our cells to malfunction. The findings provide a biological mechanism behind ...

Neuroscience

Study unveils new clonal relations in the mouse brain

The human brain and the brain of other mammals contain numerous populations of specialized cells with unique functions, molecular structures and characteristics. These cells originate from a thin layer of neuroepithelial ...

Neuroscience

Motor neuron toxin associated with ALS identified

An international team of investigators has discovered that an inorganic polyphosphate released by nerve cells known as astrocytes in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) contributes ...

Neuroscience

Touch sensitive brain cells controlled by micromagnets

Scientists at UCL have developed a new technique that uses microscopic magnetic particles to remotely activate brain cells; researchers say the discovery in rats could potentially lead to the development of a new class of ...

Medical research

A new atlas of cells that carry blood to the brain

While neurons and glial cells are by far the most numerous cells in the brain, many other types of cells play important roles. Among those are cerebrovascular cells, which form the blood vessels that deliver oxygen and other ...

Neuroscience

Harnessing the brain's plasticity to acquire epilepsy resilience

Around 1 percent of the world's population lives with epilepsy; yet only 65 percent of epilepsy patients can manage their symptoms with medication. Currently, surgically removing the lesion in the brain responsible for the ...

Medications

Treating long-term brain damage after exposure to nerve agents

Medical science has come up with few options to treat the long-term brain damage that results from exposure to chemical agents such as sarin gas, but an Iowa State University biomedical scientist aims to uncover new and better ...

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