Archives: The Scientist
Turning Back the Brain’s Clock
The brain’s ability to make new neural connections can be restored in mice by blocking a protein that normally acts as a natural brake on neuroplasticity.
Myelin’s Role in Motor Learning
The production of new myelin in the brain—a function of non-neuronal glial cells—may be necessary for motor learning, a mouse study shows.
Epigenetics Paper Raises Questions
GENETICS publishes a commentary criticizing a Nature Neuroscience paper claiming that mice can inherit smell sensitivities that their parents acquired during life.
Fecal Pill Treats Gut Infection
A handful of patients suffering from recurrent Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) experienced a cessation of the violent diarrhea that is a hallmark of the disease after ingesting frozen, encapsulated feces from healthy, unrelated volunteers.
Next Generation: Fat-Targeted Gene Knockdown
A small peptide helps a silencing construct home in on the adipocytes of obese mice.