Transplanting human nerve cells into a mouse brain reveals how they wire into brain circuits

The brain cortex, the outside layer of our brain often referred to as grey matter, is one of the most complex structures found in living organisms. It gives us the advanced cognitive abilities that distinguish us from other animals. Neuroscientist Prof. Pierre Vanderhaeghen (VIB-KU Leuven, Université libre de Bruxelles) explains what makes the human brain…

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Study finds increase in US adults who perceive E-cigarettes more harmful than cigarettes

ATLANTA–The number of U.S. adults who perceive e-cigarettes to be at as harmful as, or more harmful than, cigarettes has increased between 2017 and 2018, even prior to the national outbreak of vaping-related lung disease and deaths, a study by tobacco researchers from Georgia State University’s School of Public Health has found. The findings, published…

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A new antibiotic to combat drug-resistant bacteria is in sight

More and more bacterial pathogens of infectious diseases become resistant to customary antibiotics. Typical hospital germs such as Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae have become resistant to the most – and in some cases even all – currently available antibiotics. Their additional external membrane makes these bacteria difficult to attack. It protects the bacteria particularly…

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Royal recognition for neuroscience research at the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for innovation in neuroscience The prize is the highest national honour that recognises outstanding work by UK universities and colleges that demonstrate quality and innovation in their research Sheffield has been recognised for improving patient outcomes for people living with neurodegenerative diseases such as…

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