Genes & Molecules

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The drugs prescribed to treat symptoms of schizophrenia haven’t changed much in the last half-century. Now, advances in genetic studies could help scientists develop new — and better — treatments.
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Diminished levels of the protein cause a common side effect of Parkinson's treatment.
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How neuroscientists elucidated the neural underpinnings that link learning and reward.
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Access to artificial light allows us to shift our sleep and wake cycles away from the natural daylight schedule.
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By blocking a brain chemical that makes us sleepy, caffeine helps us feel more awake and alert.
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Eating tasty food activates our brain’s reward system and makes us crave more.
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Surges of different neurotransmitters give rise to the emotional whirlwind that characterizes the early stages of romantic relationships.
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The golden poison frog packs enough poison in its skin to kill upwards of 20 people, yet it avoids succumbing to the toxin itself.
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A new study in mice shows chronic stress reprograms gene expression in sperm.
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Twenty years of research have established the connection between adverse childhood experiences and long-term health. Now researchers are looking for ways to measure the biology behind the correlation and try to reverse it.
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A mutation in the RORB gene leads to low levels of a spinal cord protein and impedes hopping.
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After evolution silenced some of its genes, the Mexican cavefish lost its eyeballs.
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Many women experience hot flashes during menopause, but researchers are still working to uncover why they happen and how to treat them.
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