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Zooming-In On Connectomics: From Neural Networks To Synapses
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New practical approach facilitates brain mapping from the level of the synapse up. Lead Author Julian Ng, Ph.D, describes the new methods pioneered in his recent paper and the impact it will have on the new field of connectomics.

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The Birth of Hallucinomics?
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Bryan Roth's lab at UNC-Chapel Hill have solved the structure of the LSD-bound serotonin receptor. The work took several years to produce but could open up therapeutic approaches in the treatment of stress and headaches.

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From Cajal To Now
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We compare the pioneering drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal with modern-day images from the same brain areas.

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The challenge of defining maturity when the brain never stops changing
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Neuroscientists don't know when your brain is a legal adult.

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Linking terrorism with mental illness fuels stigma and impedes prevention efforts
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An "automatic assumption" to link terrorist acts with mental illness unfairly stigmatizes the millions of people with mental health problems and impedes prevention efforts, warn psychiatry experts in The BMJ.

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What Makes a Good Scientist?
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It’s the journey, not just the destination that counts as a scientist when conducting research.

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The immune system, microglia, and the brain
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The immune system is, in a word, a wonderful thing. When activated, the innate immune system produces all sort of molecules that can engulf pathogens (macrophages), tag infectious molecules for destruction (antibodies), and signal cells to become responsive (cytokines).

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Homing in on the therapeutic mechanisms of commonly used antidepressants
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With the advent of new technology, comes a better understanding of the brain and the hope for novel treatments and medications with improved specificity and therapeutic efficacy. The most widely used class of antidepressants is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which block the reuptake of serotonin from the presynaptic terminal, allowing for accumulation of serotonin within the synaptic cleft.

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From transcription to function: mapping brain networks
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The brain is a series of connected functional networks which coordinate the control of processes like vision and language. Mapping the molecular networks that underlie this connectivity would provide an unprecedented understanding of brain function in health and disease.

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Genetic links to the seasonal clock
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Have trouble with changing seasons? Maybe your genetics are to blame.

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