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Could the “Spirit Molecule” DMT Assist in Stroke Recovery?

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N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a psychedelic compound under investigation for a range of therapeutic uses. One avenue of research is being pursued by Algernon Pharmaceuticals, who are investigating whether sub-hallucinogenic DMT doses could help to protect and repair the brain in the hours after a stroke.

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Behind the World-First Export of Jamaican Psilocybin Mushrooms

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Mydecine Innovations Group recently announced that it had completed the first harvest and commercial export of legal psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms from Jamaica to Canada. We spoke with Mydecine’s chief scientific officer and co-founder, Rob Roscow, to find out more.

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Navigating the Brain: A Cheat Sheet

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One of the first things to strike you when studying neuroanatomy is the dizzying amount of jargon. Our brain’s incredible complexity has seen generations of neuroscientists build up an exhaustive list of terminology for different brain regions and cell types. In this article, we explain the terminology used to denote directions in the nervous system.

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Opinionated Science Episode 21: The Roundup – Moon Phases, Anti-Cancer Elephants and Poop Infusions

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In this episode, the TN team rounds up some of the best and weirdest science from the last month. Hear how elephants and naked mole rats fight cancer, how immunotherapy is getting a microbial boost from poop transplants and why researchers think our sleep patterns might be affected by the phases of the moon.

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Stressed-Out Mice Pass on Depression-Like Behaviors to Their Offspring via Sperm

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In a finding that could reshape our understanding of how mental health disorders arise, Chinese researchers have reported that male mice showing depression-like behaviors were able to pass on those traits to their offspring, apparently through genetic material encoded in their sperm.

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Exercise and Deep Brain Stimulation Combine to Treat Ataxia in Mice

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New research from Baylor College of Medicine scientists shows that a combination of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and exercise has potential benefits for treating ataxia, a rare genetic neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive irreversible problems with movement.

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Food Ingredient Sesaminol Alleviates Parkinson’s Symptoms in Mice
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Researchers have discovered that the waste from sesame seed oil production has an abundance of a chemical called sesaminol, which has protective effects against Parkinson's disease.

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Blood Vessel Map Reveals How Brain Gets Food for Thought
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In order to decipher the question of brain energy consumption and blood vessel density, a research team has studied the brains of mice with newly developed maps that detail brain wiring to a resolution finer than a millionth of a meter, or one-hundredth of the thickness of a human hair.

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Willpower Is Key to Learning and Memory
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The physiological processes underlying voluntary learning have previously been identified in the brains of mice, and now for the first time, researchers have identified the mechanism responsible for this phenomenon in humans.

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The Coronavirus Pandemic
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On December 31, 2019, the first cases of a novel coronavirus were identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Here, we curate a collection of news and content related to what has become the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Teach Me in 10
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At Technology Networks we understand the importance of time. That's why we've launched Teach Me in 10 a video series that challenges scientists to present and summarize their research area, a scientific concept, or technology in ten minutes or less.

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An Introduction to PCR
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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a technique that has revolutionized the world of molecular biology and beyond. In this article, we will discuss a brief history of PCR and its principles, highlighting the different types of PCR and the specific purposes to which they are being applied.

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How Can We Better Classify Neurorehabilitation?
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Neurological disorders affect a significant proportion of the population and approximately 47% of individuals have concurrent mental health issues. How can we better help better recover from these disorders? This review takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of one classification system.

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How Subliminal Images Impact Your Brain and Behavior
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Subliminal messaging – we’ve all heard about it. But it doesn’t really work, right? New research from Valentin Dragoi’s lab at the University of Texas at Houston suggests that subliminal images can change our brain activity and behavior.

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Probing the Molecules of Life
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We recently interviewed Dr Peter Nemes to learn how his lab is "digging in a goldmine of discoveries" in developmental biology, what the future of MS-based analysis might hold and the challenges that come with probing the molecules of life that only exist for a matter of minutes.

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