5 Unsolved Mysteries About the Brain

If you ask Christof Koch, Ph.D., Chief Scientist and President of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, how close we are to understanding our own brains, he scoffs. “We don’t even understand the brain of a worm,” Koch said. The lab roundworm, more technically known as Caenorhabditis elegans, houses 302 neurons and 7,000 connections between those neurons in its microscopic body. Researchers have…
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In the United States, black men and women jointly comprise only 5 percent of the nation’s science and engineering fields, according to the National Science Foundation. As white men occupy around 50 percent of occupations in this field, and white women occupy an additional 18 percent, the stark differences in statistics show a lack of diverse representation in the sciences. In…
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The measles outbreak has U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., visiting Washington state to get a better understanding of the problem here. “I appreciate what you do each and every day,” Adams said to staff at Seattle’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic on Thursday. outbreak. “Did you gain any insight on what’s causing so many parents there to opt out?” KIRO7’s Deedee…
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Most cancer clinical trials don’t meet their enrollment targets and it has been previously thought that patient reluctance was behind this. Now a new study published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, led by researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle challenges that by suggesting that other factors are primarily responsible. “Patients are often fearful of…
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With less than two days to go before the US government runs out of money, lawmakers in Congress are scrambling to pass a budget deal that would give small increases to NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many other science agencies. The Senate and the House of Representatives approved the legislationon 14 February — clearing…
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Researchers at German institutions that have let their Elsevier subscriptions lapse while negotiating a new deal are hitting the paywall for the publisher’s most recent articles around 10,000 times a day, according to Elsevier — which publishes more than 400,000 papers each year. But at least some German libraries involved in negotiating access to Elsevier say they are making huge…
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When the US government was partially shut down for 35 days starting December 22, work at several government agencies ground to a halt, with a total of 800,000 federal employees furloughed. The National Science Foundation, one of the sidelined science agencies, is now addressing all that went undone during that time, NSF officials told reporters this morning (February 1). During…
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New Year, New Federal Policies for Clinical & Translational Research

Many researchers are tucking in to finish their first National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant proposals or IRB applications of the year. A number of changes to federal regulations and NIH policies relevant to clinical and translational research take effect in January 2019. The Common Rule has been a fundamental part of clinical and translational research for decades. This set…
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