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Scientists Reveal 3D Structure of the Molecular Transporter TSPO

March 24, 2014

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Researchers Decode Cholesterol Transporter Structure

Scientists have revealed the 3D structure of the molecular transporter TSPO for the first time, opening the door to novel paths for the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases. The word “cholesterol” is directly linked in most people’s minds with high-fat foods, worrying blood test results, and cardiovascular diseases. However, despite its bad reputation, cholesterol […]

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Gene Linking Brain Structure to Intelligence Identified

February 12, 2014

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Gene Linking Brain Structure to Intelligence Discovered

An international team of scientists has identified a gene linking brain structure to intelligence, finding that teenagers carrying a particular gene variant had a thinner cortex in the left cerebral hemisphere and performed less well on tests for intellectual ability. For the first time, scientists at King’s College London have identified a gene linking the […]

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How the Anatomical Structure of the Brain Impacts Its Functioning

January 16, 2014

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Researchers Detail How the Architecture of the Brain Shapes Its Functioning

By simultaneously analyzing 1.6 billion connections within the brain, researchers have discovered how the architecture of the brain shapes its functioning. The structure of the human brain is complex, reminiscent of a circuit diagram with countless connections. But what role does this architecture play in the functioning of the brain? To answer this question, researchers […]

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Einstein’s Corpus Callosum Reveals Clues to His Brilliance

October 7, 2013

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Well Connected Hemispheres May Have Contributed to Einsteins Intelligence

A newly published study takes a closer look at the “inside” of Einstein’s brain, revealing that the unusually well connected right and left hemispheres of his brain may have contributed to his intelligence. The left and right hemispheres of Albert Einstein’s brain were unusually well connected to each other and may have contributed to his […]

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Scientists Grow Human Brain Tissue in a 3D Culture System

August 29, 2013

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Scientists Succeed in Growing Human Brain Tissue in a 3D Culture System

By using a new method, which modified an established approach to generate so-called neuroectoderm, scientists were able to grow human brain tissue in a three-dimensional culture system. Complex human brain tissue has been successfully developed in a three-dimensional culture system established in an Austrian laboratory. The method described in the current issue of Nature allows […]

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Scientists Establish Functional Brain-to-Brain Interface between Human and Animal

July 31, 2013

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Scientists Establish Brain to Brain Interface between Human and Animal

In a newly published open-access study, scientists at Harvard Medical School describe how they implemented a non-invasive brain-to-brain interface between a human and a Sprague-Dawley rat, establishing functional links between the two brains. The video recordings of BBI procedure. A volunteer (upper left panel) signaled the intention (stimulate the motor area of a rat brain) […]

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New Analysis on Iceman Ötzi Opens Up New Research Possibilities for Mummies

June 10, 2013

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New Data Sheds Light on Otzi the Icemans Dark Secrets

Using a pinhead-sized sample of brain tissue from the Iceman Ötzi, scientists were able to identify numerous brain proteins, as well as proteins from blood cells, opening up new research possibilities for mummies. After decoding the Iceman’s genetic make-up, a research team from the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC), Saarland University, Kiel University and other […]

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Test for Alzheimer’s May Be Undermining Drug Trials

December 19, 2012

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Flaws in a test used in clinical trials to assess patients could be undermining the search for a drug to treat Alzheimer’s. The scientists published their findings in two papers in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia (1, 2). In the past two years, there have been a number of clinical trials producing disappointing results for […]

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Brain Pacemaker Implanted to Treat Alzheimer’s

December 10, 2012

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Brain Pacemaker

In November, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This device provides deep brain stimulation and has been used in thousands of people with Parkinson’s disease. It is seen as a possible way of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline. […]

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Why Older People Are More Susceptible to Fraud

December 4, 2012

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Researchers have discovered one of the reasons why it may seem like older people fall victim to financial fraud. Scientists have found out that the human ability to judge trustworthiness of people’s faces diminishes with age. The scientists published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Shelley Taylor, psychologist at […]

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Simulated Brain Performs Well at Simple Tasks

November 30, 2012

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The Semantic Pointer Architecture Unified Network (Spaun) was created by theoretical neuroscientists to simulate complex behavior from fewer neurons. The scientists published their findings in the journal Science. Spaun contains 2.5 million simulated neurons, which is a lot fewer than the 86 billion that the average human has, but enough to recognize lists of numbers, […]

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Smoking Rots the Brain & Lowers Cognitive Performance

November 29, 2012

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A new study from researchers at King’s College in London indicates that smoking rots the brain by damaging memory, learning, and reasoning. The scientists published their findings in the journal Age and Ageing. The study included 8,800 people over the age of 50, and showed that high blood pressure as well as being overweight seemed […]

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Brain’s Reading Centers Are Culturally Universal No Matter What Language

November 27, 2012

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The brain scans of French and Mandarin native speakers have shown that people use the same areas in the brain for reading, no matter what language they are reading. The scientists published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Reading is connected to two neural systems, one that recognizes the […]

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