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How does the brain orchestrate survival?

We can think of the way the brain processes information as an orchestral ensemble. In the brain, information is mainly processed by a specialized type of brain cell called neurons, like individual instruments in the orchestra. Neurons use electrical signals to transmit information. These signals... click to read more

  • Shengjin Xu | Principal Investigator at Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
  • Hui Yang | PhD graduate at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
  • Scott M. Sternson | Professor at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
Views 1771
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 16, 2021
Stop all the clocks: the hidden long-term consequences of sleep loss

The function of sleep is still elusive despite the well-known effects of sleep loss or poor-quality sleep on cognitive function and long-term health. When and how long animals (including humans) sleep is determined by, on the one hand, their internal circadian clock, which aligns physiology... click to read more

  • Charlotte N. Hor | Postdoctoral Researc Fellow at Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Paul Franken | Professor at Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Views 2669
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 22, 2020
How plants protect themselves from salt stress

We often think of genes as a static piece of information in DNA that determines different physical aspects of life. I have blue eyes because I have the gene(s) for blue eyes. However, while DNA is important in determining such features, it's the proteins encoded... click to read more

  • Steve Anderson | PhD student at Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Brian D. Gregory | Professor at Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Views 2379
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 26, 2019
Will gene therapy save the banana?

It’s got to be one of the most popular fruits around: the banana. Although there are over a 1000 varieties, few people realize that almost the whole banana export is dependent on one type of banana, the Cavendish. This banana - cultivated by the personal... click to read more

  • Reinier Prosee | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 4919
Reading time 4 min
published on May 3, 2018
Bringing the flavor back to modern tomatoes

While many people remember the wonderful flavor of a garden-grown heirloom tomato, this flavor is not found in modern commercial tomatoes. Modern tomato breeding has focused on disease resistance, yield, shelf-life and firmness for shipping. While these traits are essential for large scale year-round production... click to read more

  • Denise Tieman | Professor at University of Florida, Horticultural Sciences Dept., Gainesville FL 32611
Views 4906
Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 1, 2017