Neuroscience News


Decoding the Chemistry of Fear

Salk team charts pathway for fear in worms to reveal more about human anxiety​


Engineers Develop Most Efficient Red Light-Activated Optogenetic Switch for Mammalian Cells

Technique  doesn’t require the addition of sensing molecules from outside the cells.


Birth of New Neurons in the Human Hippocampus Ends in Childhood

Adult ‘neurogenesis,’ observed in other species, appears not to occur in humans.


Creation of New Brain Cells May Be Limited, Mouse Study Shows

Study demonstrates that stem cells in the mouse brain don’t divide in a self-renewing fashion.


JHU Finds How Brain Instantly Tells Trash from Treasure

The team found the brain can begin processing value just 80 milliseconds after seeing something.


UCSF Study Points to Immune System's Role in Neural Development

The immune signal, IL-33, is crucial in allowing the brain to maintain the optimal number of synapses during development.


Scientists Identify Brain Region in Mice That Keeps the Body from Losing its Balance

Columbia University-led study reveals a key mechanism that guides this fundamental aspect of movement.


'Anxiety Cells' Identified in the Brain's Hippocampus

Controlling these neurons with light let scientists reduce or increase anxiety in mice.​


Uncovering the Early Origins of Huntington's Disease

A team at Rockefeller developed a system to model Huntington’s in human embryonic stem cells for the first time.​


From Fins to Limbs: New Research Offers Clues to How Animals Left the Sea and Evolved to Walk on Land

By classifying different types of cells in the spinal cord, neuroscientists have gained new insight into an evolutionary achievement.​