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11/14/2007

Neuroscientists Uncover Brain Region Involved in Voluntary Behavior

Kathy Svitil
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have deciphered the activity of an area of the brain that could one day prove vital in the development of neural prostheses--within-the-brain implants that would translate thought into movement in paralyzed patients. The results of this study were published as the featured article in the November 8 issue of Neuron.
Richard Andersen holding a model of a brain.
10/11/2007

Brain Imaging Aids in Defense against Genetic Disease

elisabeth nadin
Children born with a rare genetic disorder that can lead to debilitating and irreversible brain injury may find protection with the aid of brain imaging and a modified diet.
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10/10/2007

Caltech Neuroscientist Named to Institute of Medicine

Kathy Svitil
Richard A. Andersen, the James G. Boswell Professor of Neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology, has been elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
Richard Andersen holding a model of a brain.
10/01/2007

Researchers Discover Link Between Schizophrenia, Autism and Maternal Flu

A team of California Institute of Technology researchers has found an unexpected link connecting schizophrenia and autism to the importance of covering your mouth whenever you sneeze.
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09/25/2007

MacArthur Foundation Names Two New Caltech "Geniuses"

elisabeth nadin
Two California Institute of Technology faculty members were named MacArthur Fellows today, each winning a five-year, $500,000 grant awarded to creative, original individuals that is often referred to as the "genius grant."
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08/01/2007

Two Nicotine Addiction Puzzles Explained

Kathy Svitil
The stranglehold of nicotine addiction leads to more than four million smoking-related deaths each year. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have now explained two roots of that addiction. The discoveries may offer new hope not just for smokers, but eventually also for sufferers of Parkinson's disease, a debilitating movement disorder that affects some 40 million people worldwide.
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07/05/2007

Caltech Scientists Create Breakthrough Sensor Capable of Detecting Individual Molecules

Robert Tindol
Applied physicists at the California Institute of Technology have figured out a way to detect single biological molecules with a microscopic optical device. The method has already proven effective for detecting the signaling proteins called cytokines that indicate the function of the immune system, and it could be used in numerous medical applications, such as the extremely early detection of cancer and other diseases, as well as in basic biological research.
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05/25/2007

Engineering Populations of Wild Insects to Fight Disease

Kathy Svitil
Malaria infects more than half a billion people every year, and kills more than one million, mostly children. Despite decades of effort, no effective vaccine exists for the disease, caused by single-celled Plasmodium parasites. The parasites are transmitted to humans via the bite of infected mosquitoes.
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11/14/2006

Researchers Stimulate Growth of Neural Stem Cells in Adult Brain for Treatment of Neurological Disorders

Robert Tindol
In a development that could potentially benefit victims of degenerative neurological diseases, researchers have succeeded in stimulating the growth of adult neural stem cells. Such cells could then be directed towards repairing one's own brain.
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11/09/2006

California Purple Sea-Urchin Genome Sequenced by International Team

Robert Tindol
A group of 240 researchers from more than 70 institutions has announced the sequencing of the male California purple sea urchin. An animal frequently used in experiments, its genome has been studied intensely for years at Caltech's Kerckhoff Marine Biological Laboratory (KML), and will contribute significantly to biomedical advances of the future.
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