Fatal Attraction: The Cat-and-Mouse Story with a Twist
Neuro News / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders / Sensation and Perception

Fatal Attraction: The Cat-and-Mouse Story with a Twist

The beloved classic cartoon “Tom and Jerry” brings amusement and laughter to the young and old alike.  As the house cat Tom attempts to capture the mouse Jerry, we also learned our first lesson on predator-prey behavior: mice fear cats. But then nature pulled a fast one on us. Behavioral scientists noticed that some mice, … Continue reading

Zinc Finger Nucleases: Genomic Scissors
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Zinc Finger Nucleases: Genomic Scissors

The potential to manipulate DNA sequences and insert genes with the use of zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs) has huge implications for human genetic disease therapeutics.  One exciting example is a clinical trial that is using ZFN technology to disrupt the gene for the HIV co-receptor CCR5 and protect against the progression of HIV to AIDS. … Continue reading

Chromosome Silencing: Turning Off Genes in Down Syndrome
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Chromosome Silencing: Turning Off Genes in Down Syndrome

Close your eyes and try to imagine medical treatment in the future.  I envision sophisticated robots wielding lasers that precisely eliminate deadly tumors.  I predict that insight from genome wide association studies (GWAS) will explode allowing for personalized human genomics to move center stage.  Effectively identifying genetic abnormalities has the potential to take the guesswork … Continue reading

Imaging the Brain with Sculpted Light
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Imaging the Brain with Sculpted Light

Perhaps the biggest goal in neuroscience is to understand how individual neurons interact with each other in both space and time.  The more detailed our understanding of complex neural networks is, the more we can understand how an organism’s nervous system processes information to generate behavior.  To achieve this goal, neuroscience research has focused on … Continue reading

Unhappy with your life? Try spending less time on Facebook!
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Unhappy with your life? Try spending less time on Facebook!

I’m going to ask you a question, and you have to be honest.  Promise?  OK.  Here’s the question: how much time do you spend on Facebook each day?  Take a minute to add it up: scrolling through your newsfeed in the elevator, liking photos while at the gym, commenting on a friend’s post while shopping, … Continue reading