The Neuroscience Roundup - 10/04/19
List Oct 04, 2019 | by Ruairi J Mackenzie, Science Writer for Technology Networks
Three-spined stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus S.F. Bay estuary native species Shorebird Nature Center Berkeley, California. Credit: Jack Wolf via Flickr under CC BY-ND 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
Here's a short selection of our favorite neuroscience stories from the last week!
1. Neuroscientists call for an ethical framework grounded in scientific principles for transplanting human “mini-brains” into animals as the field evolves.
2. Bionic prostheses may be less "A galaxy far, far away" and more "Pop down to the hospital and get a new arm" in the near future, as a revolutionary demonstration of sensory-feedback enabled legs.
3. Baby brain isn't just for humans. Or mammals. And if you are a fish, it isn't even just for females. That's the finding of a new study of parental care in stickleback fish.
4. Scientists studying a subset of cortical cellshave discovered a potential structural connection between awareness or consciousness and its contents, such as thoughts and experiences.
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5. Researchers at Western University have shown for the first time the molecular mechanisms at work that cause cannabidiol, or CBD, to block the psychiatric side-effects caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis.