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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As physicians attempt to identify mental illness, they face a diagnostic system that includes nearly 300 disorders. To improve the system, researchers look into genetics.
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This protein helps fortify cellular might.
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Getting to the right place so the brain can work properly is the ultimate challenge for any neuron, but motor neurons have it especially tough.
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Teens’ nocturnal lifestyles are more than a personal preference — dramatic hormonal changes during puberty alter the brain circuits that regulate sleep.
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Researchers are developing a first-of-its-kind blood test to identify the biomarkers for pain, which could improve pain treatment.
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CRISPR makes altering DNA easier than ever before. Is it the future of genetics?
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Sun-seeking brain cells keep the sleep cycle in balance.
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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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Ray Dolan, Peter Dayan, Wolfram Schultz have demonstrated how the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine helps us learn.
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One of the joys of growing up in the South is that time in the early summer near dusk when fireflies put on their enchanting display. It was practically a rite of passage to catch and place them in a Mason jar with holes poked in the lid.
Unraveling the genetics behind brain disorders may offer hope to millions of patients.
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Today the world learned that neuroscientist Roger Y. Tsien passed away on August 24, 2016. His life’s work transformed cellular neuroscience.

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