Research and Innovation Features

Breaking into the autistic brain

A prismatic research approach sheds light on the biology of autism spectrum disorders
In one laboratory, nerve cells in a plastic dish glow green and red under a microscope, revealing their shapes and the locations of specific molecules. In another laboratory, mice that have grown up in the dark... [click to read more]

Flying in the face of pain

Fruit flies aid in the hunt for human pain genes
Ever wonder why some people are less sensitive to pain than others? It's not simply that they're brave, and the rest of us are wimps... [click to read more]

Can drugs improve cognitive outcomes?

Clinical trials for genetic disorders linked to autism take aim at symptoms previously considered irreversible
Six-year-old Ryan is an expert chef. He especially likes cooking turkey in the toy microwave in the playroom of Children's Hospital Boston's Clinical and Translational Study Unit... [click to read more]

Proteins that rise and fall together

Proteomics and bioinformatics help identify elusive drug targets
Too much junk building up in your Inbox? Just like you might go through your thousands of messages and flag the ones to delete, your cells have a system for sorting through their thousands of proteins and marking the ones to trash... [click to read more]

Synapses: The cells behind the scenes

"Supporting" cells drive the formation of neural connections
Glial cells are the Cinderellas of neuroscience. Although their beautiful variety and structural intricacy were noted over a century ago by Nobel laureate Ramon y Cajal, these abundant nervous system cells were until recently cast into the shadows... [click to read more]

A Urine Test for Brain Tumors?

Biomarkers for brain disease may be present
A urine sample can tell you many things. It can reveal pregnancy, signal an infection or unmask drug use. Could it also tell you about brain tumors?...[click to read more]