The Neuroscience Roundup - 08/30/19
List Aug 30, 2019 | by Ruairi J Mackenzie, Science Writer for Technology Networks
Credit: MIT/The Researchers
Here's a short selection of our favorite neuroscience stories from the last week!
At the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)’s Festival of Neuroscience, we sat down with influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. Here we interview Professor Michael Meaney, whose work explores the intersection between stress, maternal care and gene expression.
1. Tiny changes in the microscopic structure of the human brain may affect how patients respond to an emerging therapy for neurological problems, potentially explaining inconsistencies in treatment efficacy.
2. Nine-month-old brains-in-a-dish and the brains of premature newborn babies generate similar electrical patterns, as captured by electroencephalogram (EEG) — the first time such brain activity has been achieved in a cell-based laboratory model.
3. MIT engineers have developed a magnetically steerable, thread-like robot that can actively glide through narrow pathways, such as the vasculature of the brain. In the future, this robotic thread could enable doctors to quickly treat blockages and lesions.
4. Obesity is connected with a reduced response to taste, according to a new study featuring faculty at Binghamton University, State of University of New York.
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5. A new study from the Allen Institute for Brain Science has written the most detailed "parts list" of the human brain to date. This categorization of our brain cell types lays the groundwork to improve our understanding of our own brains