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HHMI OUTREACH SUMMER PROGRAM 2008

Summer 2008 LS-HHMI Outreach Teachers In mid-July, Bauer Café regulars might have noticed the threads of unfamiliar conversation in the air. High school biology teachers from Belfast, Maine…

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PERCEIVING SMELLS WITH SPARSE CONNECTIONS

Many regions of the brain are organized in such a way that they form an ordered representation of our sensory experiences. Similar physical stimuli –nearby points of light…

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ENGINEERING BINOCULARITY IN THE ZEBRAFISH BRAIN

(left panel) Monocular retinal innervation in a normal larval zebrafish. The right optic tectal lobe receives input solely from the contralateral (red) retina. (right panel) Following rewiring, the…

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SEMINAR TO CELEBRATE DARWIN’S BICENTENNIAL

On September 11, 2008, Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Massachusetts 2009 Darwin Bicentennial Project will host “From Darwin to Dover and Beyond: On the…

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TRIGGER FOR BRAIN PLASTICITY IDENTIFIED

(L to R) Sayaka Sugiyama and Takao Hensch Researchers have long sought a factor that can trigger the brain’s ability to learn – and perhaps recapture the “sponge-like”…

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SELF-RENEWAL IN THE KIDNEY: A DEVELOPING STORY

(L to R) Andy McMahon, Todd Valerius, Josh Mugford, and Akio Kobayashi The kidney is a remarkable organ. Its actions maintain an appropriate water/salt balance within tissue fluids,…

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PIGGY-BACKING MEIOTIC CHROMOSOMES

The co-authors (left to right): M. Prentiss, R. Koszul, K.P. Kim, S. Kameoka, and N. Kleckner Movement plays important fundamental roles in basic chromosomal processes. Motion is most…

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WATCHING SYNAPSES CHANGE IN ANIMALS

Some of the authors (left to right): Corey M McCann, Juan Carlos Tapia, and Jeff W Lichtman Image shows submandibular ganglion neurons (blue) that express Cyan Fluorescent Protein…

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ASTROCYTES SPY ON NEURONAL CONVERSATION TO BRING A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD

The human brain represents approximately 2% of the total body weight, but accounts for about 20% of the energy consumed. Functional hyperemia (local increases in blood flow triggered…

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THE FOUR PHASES OF RICHARD LOSICK’S MICROBIAL CAREER

Richard Losick A lot has changed since microbiologist Richard Losick came to Harvard University as a Junior Fellow in 1968. He is now a renowned Harvard College Professor,…

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