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A Signature Brain Wave That Signals Windows of Brain Plasticity [Hensch Lab]

Researchers from the Hensch Lab—led by MCB faculty Takao Hensch, Curriculum and Pedagogy Manager Kathleen Quast (Ph.D. ‘13), and then graduate student Rebecca Reh (Ph.D. ‘15)—have identified biomarkers…

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Learning to Grow “Neural Tubes” In Vitro Yields Insights Into Human Embryonic Development [Ramanathan Lab]

Researchers in the Ramanathan Lab asked how the human embryo – and in particular an embryonic tissue called the neural tube, which gives rise to the spinal cord…

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Directed Morphogenesis of Early Human Spinal Cord and Locomotor System [Ramanathan Lab]

A study from the Ramanathan Lab, helmed by graduate student Yusuf Ilker Yaman, has shed light on how developing human embryos take shape. The paper appears in the…

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Denic Lab Discovers an Ancient and Essential Translation Factor Chaperone

Billions of years ago, the first eukaryotic common ancestor split from its archaeal lineage with a distinct set of genes, the majority of which many of us (eukaryotes)…

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Dulac and Zhuang Labs Create “Cell Atlas” of Aging in the Mouse Brain

Research led by Harvard Junior Fellow William Allen, a joint postdoctoral fellow in Catherine Dulac’s and Xiaowei Zhuang’s Labs, has generated a “cell atlas” of RNA expression in…

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Larval Zebrafish Avoid Obstacles When Escaping Predators [Engert Lab]

In a daily fight for survival, primitive nervous systems evolved the ability to escape from predators using reflexive reactions that save animals from being eaten. As nervous systems…

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Learning the Rules of Cooperation from Ants to Make Collaborative Robots

Collective problem-solving is a prominent signature of animal societies. It’s a hallmark of the human race, but we’re not the only ones. Ants, like us, cooperate with each…

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How E. coli Bacteria Activate a Toxin They Produce in a Way That Avoids Self-harm [Gaudet- and Balskus Labs]

The microorganisms living in, on, and around us, collectively known as the microbiome, produce metabolites that affect our health. Some of these molecules are essential for our wellbeing,…

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Inversions, Inversions Everywhere [Hoekstra Lab]

Chromosomal inversions are a form of genetic mutation in which a segment of DNA reverses orientation along a chromosome. Inversions were first discovered over 100 years ago by…

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How to Make Injured Neurons Survive [Sanes Lab]

It is old news that damage to our brain or spinal cord is generally irreversible, leading to a gloomy prognosis for neurodegenerative disease or traumatic injury.  More than…

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