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Psilocybe maluti growing on cow manure.

Mushroom Enthusiasts Discover Two New Psilocybe Species

Fungi aficionados have reason to rejoice, as two new species of Psilocybe mushrooms – best known for their psychoactive properties – have been discovered in South Africa.
A woman displaying fifteen different emotions across panels

Newly Discovered Face-Detecting Brain Circuit Could Advance Autism Research

Scientists have uncovered a brain circuit in primates that rapidly detects faces. The newly discovered circuit first engages an evolutionarily ancient part of the brain, which can then trigger the eyes and head to turn for a better look.
Two fruit fly brains stained with a marker that indicates cell death.

Targeting Cell Repair Proteins Offers New Avenue for Early Alzheimer's Intervention

According to a new study, a class of proteins that regulates cell repair and enhances cell growth-signaling systems could be a promising new target for the treatment of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
A woman sat on the floor with her head in her hands.

Could “Love Hormones” Treat Obesity and Postnatal Depression?

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have identified a gene that can cause obesity, behavioral issues and postnatal depression when missing or impaired. The study, published in Cell, points to oxytocin as a potential treatment.
A babies feet.

Umbilical Cord Milking Shows No Neurodevelopmental Risks in Newborns

A treatment to move blood from the umbilical cord into the body of newborns who are limp, pale and with minimal breathing, known as non-vigorous, does not appear to increase the risk of neurodevelopmental impairment.
Neurons degenerating.

Uncovering Hidden Pathways in Parkinson’s Disease Progression

A pair of recent studies have uncovered previously unknown cellular mechanisms involved in neuronal protein aggregation and misfolding, key characteristics of Parkinson’s disease.
A cross-section of the somatosensory cortex in a young mouse brain. A key receptor protein named mGluR1 (green) is necessary to prime sensory circuits early in life, affecting how the mouse senses the world through touch.

Discovering Early Brain Wiring to Prevent Disorders

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Assistant Professor Gabrielle Pouchelon studies how the brain is wired early in life. In doing so, she hopes to find the origins of various brain dysfunctions and new ways to treat them.
A pregnant woman holds her belly.

New Pregnancy Model Weighs Up Heavy Metal Risk of Different Fish

A new model developed by researchers could help inform guidelines and improve evidence-based advice on the risks and benefits of fish consumption, especially during pregnancy.
A 3D model of a human brain.

RNA Editing Differs in Living vs Postmortem Brains

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have shed valuable light on the nuanced functions and intricate regulatory methods of RNA editing, a critical mechanism underlying brain development and disease.
A diagram of a brain superimposed on a person's head.

Serotonin 2C Receptor Is a Key Regulator of Memory

Researchers have uncovered the role of the serotonin 2C receptor in regulating memory, providing new insights into the factors involved in healthy memory.