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Hunger Games With Lora Heisler at BNA 2019

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At the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)’s Festival of Neuroscience, we were lucky enough to sit down with some influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. Here, we interview the University of Aberdeen's Lora Heisler on the topic of brain control of hunger.

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Understanding the Link Between Learning and Addiction With Barry Everitt at BNA 2019

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Professor Barry Everitt, University of Cambridge, shares some incredible insight into the relationship between learning and addiction. As the first President of the Society of Neuroscience outside of the United States, Barry also discusses some of the challenges and opportunities for neuroscience research that he aims to address.

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Sex Affects Gene Expression in Mammals

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Men are from Mars and women are from Venus, so the saying goes. The differences between the sexes have been explored across a variety of disciplines over many years: philosophy, literature and, of course, science. From a biological perspective, however, the effect that sex has on gene expression, particularly in autosomal (sex-linked) genes, has been a relatively unmapped area – until now.

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Inside a “Fake” Conference: A Journey Into Predatory Science

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There is a growing underbelly of conferences that seem like the real thing but have none of the editorial standards expected by academics and have developed a reputation for advertising with fake agendas and high prices. These are "predatory conferences", named after the more well-known sister industry of "predatory publishing. A chance investigation took us inside a predatory conference and has uncovered how predatory science has ensnared scientists at every level.

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Growing Proteins for a Vegan Market

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A university-based start-up wants to produce vegetable proteins for vegan meat substitutes. Their potential market is a million-dollar business.

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Cell Types Vulnerable in Multiple Sclerosis Are Identified
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Scientists have discovered that a specific brain cell known as a 'projection neuron' has a central role to play in the brain changes seen in multiple sclerosis (MS). The research shows that projection neurons are damaged by the body's own immune cells, and that this damage could underpin the brain shrinkage and cognitive changes associated with MS

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Discovering the Brain's Metronome Neurons
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By measuring the fast electrical spikes of individual neurons in the touch region of the brain, Brown University neuroscientists have discovered a new type of cell that keeps time so regularly that it may serve as the brain's long-hypothesized clock or metronome.

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Facial Expression Analysis Tells Us Little About Emotion
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Software that purportedly reads emotions in faces is being deployed or tested for a variety of purposes, including surveillance, hiring, clinical diagnosis, and market research. But a new scientific report finds that facial movements are an inexact gauge of a person's feelings, behaviors or intentions.

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Novel Clinical Mass Spectrometry Applications: From Bench to Bedside

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Mass spectrometry (MS) was once primarily within the chemist’s domain for molecular structural characterization. MS is now growing in familiarity and popularity for a variety of clinical applications; from laboratory tests for analyte quantification, to diagnostic applications in infectious disease, inborn errors of metabolism, and cancer, including a foray into the surgeon’s suite.

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Uncovering the Secrets of the Breast Cancer Epigenome
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The epigenome plays a crucial role in the development of breast cancer. This exciting and rapidly evolving area of research holds great promise for new interventions – from prevention through to personalized treatment.

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BNA Interview Series: Understanding Consciousness With Anil Seth
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At the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)’s Festival of Neuroscience in April 2019, we were lucky enough to sit down with some influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. We’ve assembled these transcripts into our BNA Interview Series. Here we interview the University of Sussex's Anil Seth, whose research explores the mysteries of consciousness.

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It’s in the Water: Antimicrobial Contamination and the Environment
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It is hard to imagine a world without antimicrobials. Unfortunately, the lifecycle of an antimicrobial does not end with the human or animal to which it was administered, posing challenges for their removal from the environment.

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