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SfN14 Recap: Genes, Circuits, and Behaviors Underlying Autism

admin December 4, 2014

  By Ashley Juavinett Linking autism to underlying neural circuits has been a priority for many researchers, but it has proven to be quite challenging. Fortunately, there are established animal models that exploit known autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gene mutations, which allow researchers to probe the neural functions that these genes control (and their mutations… Continue Reading »


Neuroscience 2014 | Highlights From SfN14

admin November 18, 2014

By @DebGrainger At the close of the SfN’s Annual Meeting, our blog editor gives her  breakdown of some of the most brow-raising facts and applause-inducing moments of Neuroscience 2014. Microglia: surveillance experts The entire brain is surveyed for its well-being roughly every two hours by the microglia – that’s all 86 billion neurons checked up… Continue Reading »


Nine Things You Didn’t Know About Movember

admin November 12, 2014

By Alex Ryan I’m sure all of you are seeing the effects of Movember: awkward attempts at moustaches, “hilarious” handlebars, and the full blown Grizzly Adams (even though the rules explicitly state: no beards). Movember is the time of the year when men (and donuts) are encouraged to grow moustaches in return for a donation…. Continue Reading »


SfN 2014 | Program Preview

admin November 11, 2014

    At this year’s instalment of the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, taking place from November 15 in Washington DC, we will have not one, but two Proteintech bloggers in attendance at the meeting – so twice the amount of coverage! Although, as many SfN veterans will be aware, this will still only be… Continue Reading »


Breast Cancer | 7 Interesting Facts

admin October 16, 2014

    By Deborah Grainger ince 1985, October has been designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) in the USA, which is now observed by many countries the world over. Originating from an initiative to promote mammography as the most effective way to beat breast cancer, BCAM has since evolved to a really big deal (and… Continue Reading »


Don’t Sweat It: EDA Signaling in Eccrine Gland Development

admin October 9, 2014

  By Ashley Juavinett Last week, it was about 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celcius) at my humble abode in San Diego. Normally I don’t have any right to complain about the weather, but it’s October — 90 degrees is simply unacceptable. Although my apartment is not equipped with air conditioning, I am outfitted (much… Continue Reading »


Autoimmune Disease Research | Proteintech Antibodies Help Uncover Biomarkers

admin October 2, 2014

    By Simon Hackett Flicking through a newspaper, it isn’t hard to find headlines and articles about the ‘biggest killers’ in society today: heart disease, cancer and infection. However, a set of conditions often escapes the media limelight: autoimmune diseases. Despite their poor presence in the media, these diseases are thought to affect 50… Continue Reading »


Tracking Dach1 Along the Path of Novel Stem Cell Research

admin September 25, 2014

  By Ashley Juavinett The brain is composed of hundreds, perhaps thousands of different types of neurons that can be differentiated based on their shape, genetics, electrophysiology, or their location. While we can now transform stem cells into neurons in a dish, the next question is: which types of neurons can we generate? Many researchers… Continue Reading »


FEBS EMBO 2014 Review | Cilia and Disease

admin September 12, 2014

    The Cilia and Disease session of the recent FEBS EMBO Congress provided a comprehensive overview of this dynamic and far-reaching field. The focus of the session – the primary cilium, and diseases of its dysfunction – was covered from several different angles including cancer, neurodegneration and obesity. Role in adipocyte differentiation Opening the… Continue Reading »

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