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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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New Male Contraceptive Reduces Sperm Count by 45% in Mice

A new molecule could offer non-hormonal contraceptive options for people who produce sperm, according to new research published in The American Chemical Society (ACS)’s Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.
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Enhancing Our Brain's Ability To Fight Disease With CRISPR-Edited Immune Cells

Editing healthy immune cells with CRISPR safely thwarts the brain's resistance to them, helping researchers to harness immune cell function to treat neurological conditions.
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Experimental Antidepressant Shows Promise in Treating Alcohol Use Disorder

A preclinical study from Scripps Research has shown that an experimental antidepressant also shows promise as a treatment for alcohol use disorder.
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Speedy Gene Editing Made Possible Thanks to AI

An artificial intelligence program could accelerate the production of gene therapies by enabling the customizable production of zinc finger proteins that can turn genes on and off.
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Prairie Vole Study Questions Whether Oxytocin Really Is the "Love Hormone"

Turning a decades-old dogma on its head, a new study shows that the receptor for oxytocin, a hormone considered essential to forming social bonds, may not play the critical role that scientists have assigned to it for the past 30 years.
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New Test Could Help To Predict Progression to Alzheimer’s Disease

New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London has established a blood-based test that could be used to predict the risk of Alzheimer’s disease up to 3.5 years before clinical diagnosis.
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Industry Insight

The Case for RRx-001 as a Radiation Countermeasure

This article overviews the science behind the potential use of RRx-001as a “radiation buster” with anti-inflammatory and anti-free radical properties to prevent or reduce both GI-ARS and H-ARS.
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Can a Dopamine Drug Help the Inflamed and Depressed Brain?

A study shows that levodopa has the potential to reverse the effects of inflammation on brain reward circuitry, ultimately improving symptoms of depression.
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How Does Alcohol Affect the Brain and the Body?

Alcohol has complex, unseen and far-reaching effects at the molecular and cellular level, including altering our gut microbiome, accelerating the aging process and even changing the synapses in the brain.
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The Future of Science: Humanity Takes a Front Seat

With the world of science rapidly evolving, and a new year beginning, we looked at the trends breaking through right now, asking experts: where is the world of science headed?