- Neural Changes Mediating Addiction and Relapse
A study published sheds some light on the neural mechanisms that explain the transition from recreational drug to compulsive abuse and relapse.
- Action Representation in the Autistic Brain
Children with autism rely more on internal cues about the orientation of their limbs when learning to use a novel tool in new situations, reports a study.
- New Player in T Cell Maturation
Three papers show that a previously uncharacterized protein called Themis is essential for proper development of T cells.
- Specialized Skin Helpers
A new type of immune cell that is dedicated to combating skin infections is identified in two papers.
- A New Genetic Variant Influences Risk of Atrial Fibrillation
A new genetic variant associated with increased susceptibility for atrial fibrillation, a prominent risk factor for stroke and heart failure, is reported.
- A Common Susceptibility Locus for Several Types of Cancer
Genetic variants near two genes on the chromosomal locus 9p21 increase the risk for multiple types of cancer, including glioma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
- Cycling for Neurodegeneration
A novel method of disrupting abnormal protein deposits in the brain associated with neurodegenerative disease is presented in a study.
- Getting to the Root of Oculo-Facial-Cardio-Dental Syndrome
An insight into the underlying causes of oculo-facial-cardio-dental syndrome (OFCD) is provided online.
- Korean Genome Sequenced
The genome sequence of a Korean individual (AK1) is revealed, adding further to our understanding of ethnic diversity and the individual variation underlying complex traits and disease.
- Gene Implicated in Germ-Cell Development
A screening method using cultured, differentiated mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells has identified Lin28 as an important gene in the formation of germ cells.
- MicroRNA Implicated in Cell Fate Decisions
Two microRNAs, single-stranded RNA fragments known to influence gene expression, have been shown to regulate cell fate decisions.