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What Happens to Our Brain Maps If We Lose a Hand?
News   Nov 06, 2019

Researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered a new insight into how the complex neural map of the human brain operates, showing how brain maps respond to the loss of body parts.

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The Brain Circuit That Builds Memories During Sleep
News   Nov 06, 2019

A new study suggests that the nucleus reuniens may be responsible for coordinating activity between the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus, helping to build memories whilst we sleep.

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Where Did That Noise Come From? A New Model for How We Localize Sound
News   Nov 06, 2019

A new study has proposed an alternative model for how we localize sound, with the hopes this could be applied to improve sound direction restoration by hearing aids.

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"Bike Helmet" Brain Scanner Used on Young Kids for First Time
News   Nov 06, 2019

A new wearable 'bike helmet' style brain scanner, that allows natural movement during scanning, has been used in a study with young children for the first time. This marks an important step towards improving our understanding of brain development in childhood.

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Zebrafish Study Reveals Developmental Mechanisms Behind Eye Movement
News   Nov 06, 2019

Researchers have found that genes linked to autism spectrum disorder and other developmental brain abnormalities may be playing a role in people who cannot control their eye movements.

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Patch-clamp First Reveals Mechanisms Behind Fast-frequency Nerve Conduction
News   Nov 06, 2019

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers, for the first time ever, have achieved patch-clamp studies of an elusive part of mammalian myelinated nerves called the Nodes of Ranvier. At the nodes, they found unexpected potassium channels that give the myelinated nerve the ability to propagate nerve impulses at very high frequencies and with high conduction speeds along the nerve.

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Zooming Into Cilia Sheds Light on Blinding Diseases
News   Nov 06, 2019

Researchers have reported the development and application of new imaging methods that have provided a higher resolution view of the internal structure of normal and diseased retinal cilia.

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Snail Venoms Prove Useful for Chronic Pain Relief
News   Nov 05, 2019

Conotoxins are bioactive peptides found in the venom that marine cone snails produce for prey capture and defense. New research has found exciting uses for these natural compounds.

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Scientists Identify Protein that Promotes Brain Metastasis
News   Nov 05, 2019

A protein that breast, lung and other cancers use to promote their spread—or metastasis—to the brain, has been identified by researchers. The protein, CEMIP, will now be a focus of efforts to predict, prevent and treat brain metastases, which are a frequent cause of cancer deaths.

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Fly Study Examines How Circadian Clocks Are Affected by Polar Life
News   Nov 05, 2019

Circadian clocks coordinate the organism to the alternating cycles of day and night. Scientists from the University of Würzburg have studied how these clocks work in polar regions where days or nights can last for weeks.

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