Posts filed under neuroscience

Evolution of a memory drug for Down’s syndrome

A couple of months ago I broke a story for New Scientist about clinical trials of the first drug specifically designed to tackle learning impairment in Down’s syndrome. It was published online on 11th April, and a cut down version appeared in the magazine’s InBrief section on the 20th ( pdf available on request). But… (read more)

New issue of Guru and the Guru app

The new issue of Guru came out at the beginning of the month, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to promote it here until now. You can read issue 11 online or download it in various formats from the Guru website. This month also saw the launch of the Guru app, so… (read more)

Sleep On It

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(Originally published on Scientific American.com) “One hundred repetitions three nights a week for four years – sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth.” These are the thoughts of Bernard Maxwell as he reflects on The World State’s sleep-teaching technique, hypnopaedia, in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, before concluding: “Idiots!” Learn While You Sleep? Huxley… (read more)

The Orphan, the Mouse and the Oligodendrocyte

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Or, The story of a lonely brain   (Originally published on Scientific American.com) Prologue: Humans are born to a longer period of total dependence than any other animal we know of, and we also know that mistreatment or neglect during this time often leads to social, emotional, cognitive and mental health problems in later life…. (read more)

Stem cell cure for deafness

Here’s a news piece about an exciting research breakthrough on a possible future stem cell-based cure for deafness: (originally published on 24n.biz):   Researchers at the University of Sheffield have restored hearing in deafened gerbils by transplanting auditory neurons obtained from stem cells into their cochleae – the part of the inner ear that converts… (read more)