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Medical Xpress: Allen Cell types database launched

The Allen Institute for Brain Science announced today that it is taking the first major scientific step to create a searchable standards database for the brain with the launch of the Allen Cell Types Database. This first release includes information on the location, electrical activity and shape of more than 240 neurons. (May 14, 2015) […]

Medical Xpress: The age of brain science

When it comes to developing ways to enhance human beings, we are increasingly fascinated by all things neurological. If the 20th century was all about the gene, the 21st is shaping up to be the century of the brain. This fascination has even produced a dedicated discipline of neuroethics, which includes the study of the […]

Medical Xpress: Brain compass keeps flies on course, even in the dark

If you walk into a dark room, you can still find your way to the light switch. That’s because your brain keeps track of landmarks and the direction in which you are moving. Fruit flies also boast an internal compass that works when the lights go out, scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia […]

Brain Blogger: Homosexuality in the Brain

From an evolutionary point of view, homosexuality is rather difficult to explain. Any genetic trait that reduces the chances of producing the offspring usually gets eliminated very quickly in populations. Nonetheless, homosexuality appears to persist in humans throughout the history of our species. There are multiple hypotheses attempting to explain this phenomenon but no hard […]

Science Codex: Small-molecule drug perks up old muscles and aging brains

Whether you’re brainy, brawny or both, you may someday benefit from a drug found to rejuvenate aging brain and muscle tissue. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have discovered that a small-molecule drug simultaneously perks up old stem cells in the brains and muscles of mice, a finding that could lead to drug interventions […]

Medical Xpress: Study shows role of disease-fighting cells in HIV-related neurological damage

Despite symptom-stifling anti-retroviral drugs, as many as half of all patients living with HIV experience neurological damage tied to chronic inflammation in the brain fueled by the body’s own immune defenses. In an effort to understand why patients who appear virus free are afflicted with AIDS-related dementia and other illnesses, researchers have focused on disease-fighting […]

Denver Post: University of Colorado scientists design tiny deep-brain microscope

University of Colorado neuroscientists and bioengineers at the Anschutz Medical Campus and in Boulder have created a miniature, fiber-optic microscope that can look deep inside a living brain. Microscopes in common use only penetrate about 1 millimeter. “Everything we want to see is deeper than that,” said Prof. Diego Restrepo, director of the Center for […]