Author: Diana Kenney

Karina Vargas Receives Grant to Study Synaptic Dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease

Karina Vargas Receives Grant to Study Synaptic Dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease

Modern medicine has provided an increase in life expectancy, but along with this gain has come an increase in cases of neurodegenerative disease. Parkinson’s disease, a motor disorder characterized by stiffness, tremors and slowness of movement, is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. Its symptoms are caused by death of dopaminergic neurons in the brain.

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Why Can Only Some Animals Regenerate? Killifish Study is Revealing | @Planaria1

Why Can Only Some Animals Regenerate? Killifish Study is Revealing  | @Planaria1

MBL Fellow Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado of the Stowers Institute has published an exciting paper in Science describing genetic mechanisms that can explain why some vertebrates can regenerate body parts while others — such as humans — cannot. In the Twitter thread below, Sánchez Alvarado explains the genesis of the research discovery, including how he first

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A Tribute to and With Joe L. Martinez Jr. , “A Hero of Diversity'”

A Tribute to and With Joe L. Martinez Jr. , "A Hero of Diversity'"

By Diana Kenney For the past 23 summers, young neuroscientists from underrepresented groups have participated in an outstanding training opportunity at the MBL, the Summer Program in Neuroscience, Excellence, and Success (SPINES). Like many MBL course alumni, SPINES alumni are a strongly bonded group who credit the course with having had a major impact on

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Cardon Team to Explore “Sticky Roots” and Fate of Soil Carbon in Natural Ecosystems

Cardon Team to Explore "Sticky Roots" and Fate of Soil Carbon in Natural Ecosystems

Human activities are driving increasing concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere, and the resulting climate change is becoming more and more obvious. But there are natural mechanisms operating in ecosystems that can transform atmospheric CO2 into organic forms and store it in soil over the long-term.  In particular, organic matter can become bound to soil

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