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Striking a pose with Aya Osman

The neuroscientist and part-time fashion model opens up about the people who inspire her; her interest in science communication; and how she once ended up on a stage with Channing Tatum.

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Rat neurons thrive in a mouse brain world, testing ‘nature versus nurture’

Neurons from the two rodents can wire up together to form functional circuits—all while maintaining some species-specific properties, two new studies show.

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On the hunt for cerebral palsy’s genetic origins

On the hunt for cerebral palsy’s genetic origins

Two recent papers suggest genes can play a significant role, findings that could change diagnosis and treatment of the condition.

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Parental care may sculpt brain development in prairie voles

Voles reared primarily by their fathers show altered synapse density.

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