Archive for November, 2010

Brain size linked to longevity (The Dana Foundation Website – 8 November 2010)

Does the size of your brain say something about how long you'll live?  New research suggests that's the case. Excerpt: Many mammals have proportionally large brains in comparison with their respective body sizes. Scientists have long hypothesized that those big

Conforming opinions activate the brain’s reward center (The Dana Foundation Website – 2 November 2010)

Consider yourself a non-conformist?  New research suggests when your opinions match those of an expert, your brain's reward centers are activated. Excerpt: Yesterday, I passed a teenager wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words, “Reject Conformity.” Conformity gets a bit

Should genes be patented? (Proto Magazine – Fall 2010)

Hundreds of genes have already been patented by various healthcare companies–but the question remains, should they be? Excerpt: If women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer want to check for mutations of their BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes,

Effects of genomic imprinting are dynamic throughout life (The Dana Foundation Website – 8 October 2010)

Scientists at Harvard University show that genomic imprinting is a dynamic process, with some genes being affected at different points in the lifespan. Excerpt: Every cell in the human body, be it liver cell or blood cell or neuron, develops

Can the Army’s new suicide prevention plan really work? (TheAtlantic.com – 29 July 2010)

Will the pervasive military culture allow the Army's new suicide prevention plan to work? Excerpt: The U.S. Army's Task Force on Suicide Prevention released a comprehensive report this morning, assessing the Army's now-acute suicide problem and outlining the leadership's plans

Dopamine connections may link creativity, psychiatric disorders (The Dana Foundation Website – 27 July 2010)

Researchers across the country are uncovering new links between creativity and neuropsychiatric disorders. Excerpt: Roman philosopher Seneca once penned, “There is no great genius without a tincture of madness.” For centuries, philosophers and scientists have wondered about the nature of