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How does the brain’s spatial map change when we change the shape of the room?
Study published in Science by Juljia Kupric examines the role of “metric” cells in the GPS of the brain
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PDN scientists discover the secrets behind the cuttlefish’s 3D ‘invisibility cloak’
An international team of scientists led by Trevor Wardill has identified the neural circuits that enable cuttlefish to change their appearance in just the blink to eye – and discovered that this is similar to the neural circuit that controls iridescence in squids.
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Placentas adapt to help keep babies healthy when mothers have poor diets or low oxygen during pregnancy
CTR researchers have discovered the placenta regulates how much oxygen and nutrients it transports to babies during challenging pregnancies in a study using mice to model conditions in the womb
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Heart disease risk begins in the womb, study in sheep suggests
Offspring whose mothers had a complicated pregnancy may be at greater risk of heart disease in later life, according to a new study in sheep by Dino Giussani's lab
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Premature babies could benefit from changes to drugs administered to at-risk mothers
Research by Dino Giussani's group have suggested that subtle changes to the drugs administered to mothers threatened with preterm birth or to premature babies could further improve clinical treatment and help increase their safety
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Amygdala neurons simulate decisions of social partners
Fabian Grabenhorst and Wolfram Schultz have identified special types of brain cells that may allow us to simulate the decision-making processes of others, thereby reconstructing their state of mind and predicting their intentions. Dysfunction in these ‘simulation neurons’ may help explain difficulties with social interactions in conditions such as autism and social anxiety.
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Research on the brain’s reward system wins the world’s largest prize for neuroscience
PDN's Wolfram Schultz jointly awarded The 2017 Brain Prize for his analysis of reward recognition and processing.
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Detect. Lock on. Intercept. The remarkable hunting ability of the robber fly
A small fly posseses the remarkable ability to detect and intercept its prey mid-air, changing direction mid-flight if necessary before sweeping round for the kill, new research on Current Biology reveals
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Genome editing reveals role of gene important for human embryo development
CTR researchers have revealed the role of the OCT4 gene in human embryos in the first few days of development. This is the first time that genome editing has been used to study gene function in human embryos.
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Skin found to play a role in controlling blood pressure
New study by Randall Johnson on eLife shows that skin reacts to the changes in oxygen in the air to regulate blood pressure and hearth rate
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