The Neuroscience Roundup - 11/08/19
List Nov 08, 2019 | by Ruairi J Mackenzie, Science Writer for Technology Networks
Conotoxins are bioactive peptides found in the venom that marine cone snails produce for prey capture and defense. Credit: Copyright Markus Muttenthaler
Here's a short selection of our favorite neuroscience stories from the last week!
1. Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered a new phenomenon in the brain that could explain the development of early stages of neurodegeneration that is seen in diseases such as ALS, which affects voluntary muscle movement such as walking and talking.
2. Researchers have uncovered a group of individuals who have no olfactory bulbs, but can still smell, suggesting the brain has more plasticity than we previously thought.
3. Researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered a new insight into how the complex neural map of the human brain operates, showing how brain maps respond to the loss of body parts.
4. A new wearable 'bike helmet' style brain scanner, that allows natural movement during scanning, has been used in a study with young children for the first time. This marks an important step towards improving our understanding of brain development in childhood.
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5. Conotoxins are bioactive peptides found in the venom that marine cone snails produce for prey capture and defense. New research has found exciting uses for these natural compounds in the relief of chronic pain.