Neuro Primer: Telomeres

By Marta Garo-Pascual Telomeres are the “shoelace caps” of linear chromosomes and, as shoelace caps protect shoelaces, telomeres serve a protective role for chromosomes. Barbara McClintock and Hermann Muller described… Leer más

La excitación y la inhibición: El yin y el yang del cerebro

Artículo original: Excitation and Inhibition: The Yin and Yang of the Brain Joel Frohlich Traducido por Mariangelina Martínez Para crear un sistema nervioso funcional solo se ocupan dos fuerzas: la excitación y la… Leer más

Cómo dar gracias como un neurocientífico

Artículo original: How to Give Thanks Like a Neuroscientist Anita Traducido por Mariangelina Martínez Estamos rumbo a una reunión familiar tradicional de acción de gracias. Vamos conduciendo por una calle… Leer más

La basura huele a verde y los disparos son un arcoíris

Artículo original: Garbage Smells Green and Gunshots Are Rainbows Joel Frohlich Traducido por Keya Vijapure Las mentes de las personas son como universos paralelos, siempre inaccesibles entre sí.  Nunca somos… Leer más

Iluminando el cerebro con la optogenética

Artículo original: Lighting up the Brain With Optogenetics Brainfacts.org Traducido por Dalí Jiménez Los científicos que estudian el moco de estanque descubrieron su capacidad peculiar de sentir la luz, incluso… Leer más

La pesadilla ineludible del insomnio familiar fatal

Artículo original: The Inescapable Nightmare of Fatal Familial Insomnia Sean Noah Traducido por Estefany Ochoa Una maldición familiar A principios de la década de 1980, un médico italiano estaba investigando… Leer más

Cerebral Organoids Reveal New Angles for Understanding the Human Brain

When you think of researchers growing “mini-brains,” you might picture a mad scientist out of a sci-fi or horror movie. But the reality looks quite different. Cerebral organoids, often colloquially… Leer más

The Blood Brain Barrier – Is it Really All it’s Described to Be?

Spanish Translation also available here: La Barrera Hematoencefálica – ¿Realmente funciona como su nombre indica?  ~~~ One of the mantras in neuroscience is that the blood brain barrier (BBB) protects… Leer más

Sleep Paralysis: What Is It and What Causes It?

Sleep paralysis is a type of REM parasomnia or abnormal behavior that takes place during the REM sleep cycle. Also known as sleep atonia, this condition refers to the feeling… Leer más

Brain, Healthy Fats, and the Importance of Fitting Into Your Genes

Our brains are extremely rich in fat. Indeed, about two thirds of the human brain is composed of fat, 35% of which consists of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. What are… Leer más

Neuro Primer: Vestibular System

Spanish Translation also available here: Neuro Cartilla: Sistema Vestibular ~~~ Have you ever watched shaky camera footage taken by someone running frantically through the forest? The camera shot shakes and… Leer más

Neuro Primer: Sleep

Spanish Translation also available here: Neuro Cartilla: El Sueño ~~~ It’s easy to ask: “Why sleep?” But we can also turn the question on its head: “Why wake?” We need… Leer más

Neuronal Migration: A “Sliding Door” for the Future of the Brain

Have you ever wondered how each cell of our body reaches its correct place? It is even more astounding when you realize that our body is formed from only two… Leer más

Neuro Primer: Glia

Every single day, a group of cells work tirelessly to monitor and protect the neural architecture of your brain. Some of them even move around, scanning neural networks like recon… Leer más

Neuro Primer: Aging

What happens to the brain in aging? Normal aging comes with many changes in brain structure and function. As individuals approach the age of 65 years and above, they experience… Leer más

Neuro Primer: Neurodevelopment

Spanish Translation also available here: Neuro Cartilla: Neurodesarrollo ~~~ How does your brain become a brain? Neurodevelopment is the crucial process through which every brain is formed.… Leer más

No, You’re Not Left-Brained or Right-Brained

At the fictional Hogwarts school for witchcraft and wizardry in the Harry Potter series, students are sorted into different school houses by a magic hat based on their personalities. Similarly,… Leer más

The Life and Times of the 10% Neuromyth

How much of your brain are you using right now? The science fiction answer would be “10%.” And, if you’ve watched enough bad sci-fi, using 100% of your brain would… Leer más

The inescapable nightmare of fatal familial insomnia

A family curse During the early 1980’s, an Italian physician was investigating a mysterious and dreadful disease that had long plagued his family. In earlier generations, this disease had killed… Leer más

Los Componentes Básicos del Cerebro: Sobre protones y vóxeles

hat’s in a brain? That which we call a voxel by any other name would sound far less confusing. Imagine all of the atoms in your brain. Now imagine how these… Leer más

Lighting Up The Brain With Optogenetics

Scientists studying pond scum discovered its peculiar ability to sense light, even without eyes. This discovery would eventually lead to a technique called optogenetics, one of the most powerful techniques… Leer más

¿Esquizofrenia en un frasco? La historia de la ketamina

Note: Ketamine is a controlled substance in the US and many other countries. Do not use ketamine illicitly. magine an injection that briefly gives you schizophrenia. Now imagine that this… Leer más

La Lectura: El mejor secuestrador del cerebro

What are you doing right now? I’m no psychic, but I can say for certain one thing that you’re doing: reading. You’re reading this sentence, word by word, and extracting… Leer más

¿Por qué nos hace sentir tanto la música?

Whether you’re listening through tinny iPhone headphones on your morning commute or crying at a John Mayer concert, there is a special place in our hearts for music. But what… Leer más

Just Keep Swimming: A Tail of Zebrafish Regeneration

The human brain is arguably the most complex organ. Throughout life, it is shaped ever so slightly by each and every experience we endure. The resulting nuances are what make us… Leer más
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