Repaving Old Roads After Spinal Cord Injury

The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 500,000 people will experience spinal cord injuries (SCI) every year.  Researchers at the Center for Neuroprosthetics and Brain Mind Institute in… Read more

Sweet Dreams or Amyloid Nightmares

Sleep deprivation has become a badge of honor in our modern society.  Competitions break out in coffee shop lines over who is functioning on the least number of Zzzzzs and… Read more

Chromosome Silencing: Turning Off Genes in Down Syndrome

Close your eyes and try to imagine medical treatment in the future.  I envision sophisticated robots wielding lasers that precisely eliminate deadly tumors.  I predict that insight from genome wide… Read more

A World Without Pain

In Northern Pakistan, a ten-year old street performer awed and horrified crowds with his ability to place knives through his arms and walk across burning coals all seemingly without pain.… Read more

A Beautiful Mind, A Dysfunctional Synapse

“I felt like I might get divine revelation by seeing a certain number; a great coincidence could be interpreted as a message from heaven.” – John Nash in “A Brilliant… Read more

Indiana Jones and the Overactive Amygdala

For Indiana Jones, there was no villain as menacing and no foe as treacherous as the writhing snakes in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Audiences saw their archaeologist champion paralyzed… Read more

The Drosophila Odyssey: Spartin Insight into Troyer Syndrome

We are all guilty of cursing at those pesky fruit flies that annoy us as they zip around the room just out of reach of being swatted.  Rarely, it seems,… Read more

The Road to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Begins at the Intersection of DNA and Childhood Trauma

Shakespeare left out a crucial component for understanding human behavior when he wrote: it is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. Our genetic predispositions are… Read more

Unusual Suspects

More than a decade has passed since President Clinton first announced that the human genome project was successfully completed: We are here to celebrate the completion of the first survey… Read more
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