Opinionated Science Episode 38: Do Gut Microbes Play a Role in Autism?
In this episode, the team examine a new study that challenges the notion that gut microbes may play a causal role in autism spectrum disorder. Might a link once ascribed to signaling from the gut’s nervous system actually just be a consequence of restricted diet?
Why the Meat Paradox Causes Cognitive Dissonance for Millions of People
A recent review paper has revealed the reasons behind a piece of cognitive dissonance that many of us perform daily, called the meat paradox. At the heart of the paradox is this conflict: most of us like animals, but will happily eat animals housed in cruel conditions.
An Introduction to Five Psychedelics: Psilocybin, DMT, LSD, MDMA and Ketamine
Interest in the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, having lain relatively dormant in the face of stigma and heavy regulations for decades, has reignited in the last ten years. Landmark studies showing these compounds’ effectiveness in treating some mood disorders have kickstarted a wave of clinical research, with well over 100 separate trials now investigating psychedelics’ health applications.
Magic Mushroom Compound Reduces Excessive Drinking in Rat Study
A pre-clinical study in rats suggests that the psychedelic compound psilocybin might reverse excessive consumption of alcohol and genetic markers of altered brain chemistry seen in alcohol use disorder (AUD).
Which Side Are You On? How the Brain Sees Borders
In the classic “Rubin’s vase” optical illusion, you can see either a vase or two faces. At any given moment, which scene you perceive depends on whether your brain is viewing the central vase shape to be the foreground or background of the picture. Now, researchers have made headway into understanding how the brain decides which side of a visual border is a foreground object and which is background.
Hearing Loss Genes Imaged in New Study
Researchers have been able to document and visualize hearing loss-associated genes in the human inner ear, in a unique collaboration study between otosurgeons and geneticists.
Amplifying the Voices of PhD Students
Technology Networks spoke with PhD Voice to discuss why doing a PhD can be so challenging, the use of Twitter by the PhD community, and tips and future changes it would like to see in the academic field.
Team Reverses the Clinical Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease in Mice
In a study published in Genome Medicine, Dr. Patrick Aloy, head of the structural bioinformatics and network biology laboratory at IRB Barcelona and colleagues report that they have successfully reversed the clinical signs of Alzheimer's disease in mice by repurposing four existing drugs that are currently approved to treat high blood pressure and inflammation.
The Neuroscience of... Language
In this article, the latest in our “The Neuroscience of…” series, we investigate recent, leading theories about the emergence of language, the surprising phenomena that correlate with or might have preceded language, and what it means for our place in the animal kingdom.
Achieving Data Compliance: What Not To Do
Download this guide to learn how to avoid remediations for citations such as loss of electronic records, uncontrolled and unvalidated spreadsheets and conflict of interest.
Best Practices for Returning to the Lab
Download this free how to guide to learn more about the tips and best practices for returning to the lab after an unexpected shutdown.
Ketamine, MDMA, DMT and Psilocybin: A Closer Look at Four Psychedelics
Treatments using psychedelics are making waves in psychiatric medicine. In this article we explore the background, mechanisms of action and therapeutic applications of four leading psychedelic drugs.
Antibodies in Neuroscience
Antibodies are invaluable tools in many areas of life science research, including neuroscience. Download this listicle to discover how antibodies are being applied to address key questions in the field, explore manufacturing approaches and learn how to choose the right antibodies for your research.