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Memory Lane in the Brain
10/06/2004

Memory Lane in the Brain

Biologist Erin Schuman is interested in how memories are formed--or forgotten. The landscape the professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology explores is the hippocampus, the part of the brain known to be crucial for memory in humans and other animals.
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New Target for Future Therapeutic Drugs
10/01/2004

New Target for Future Therapeutic Drugs

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Caltech Bioinformatics Experts DevelopNew Literature Search Engine for Biologists
09/20/2004

Caltech Bioinformatics Experts DevelopNew Literature Search Engine for Biologists

Robert Tindol
When it comes to finding a used book on the Internet, one merely needs to Google the title, and a few suitable items for sale will soon be just a click away. But for the biologist or medical researcher looking for information on how two nematode genes interrelate in hopes of better understanding human disease, there is a clear need for a more focused search engine.
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Research uncovers new facts about odor detection in insects; findings could lead to more effective repellents
09/15/2004

Research uncovers new facts about odor detection in insects; findings could lead to more effective repellents

Robert Tindol
If you think it doesn't do much good to swipe the fly that's going after the potato salad, guess again. You may be discouraging the fly's colleagues from taking up the raid.
Caltech Professor Awarded Stein and Moore Award for Insights Into the Life Cycle of Cells
09/03/2004

Caltech Professor Awarded Stein and Moore Award for Insights Into the Life Cycle of Cells

Ubiquitin is a small protein that has a very big job. Or jobs, to be more accurate. Indeed, the ubiquitin system is central to--literally--just about everything significant that goes on inside cells, and to a lot of intercellular business as well. Once unknown and, until the 1980s, unheralded, the ubiquitin system is now one of the major areas of study in cell biology, biochemistry, and genetics, and the point of convergence for many disparate disciplines.
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Fish, Frog, and Fly Share a Molecular Mechanism to Control Embryonic Growth
08/05/2004

Fish, Frog, and Fly Share a Molecular Mechanism to Control Embryonic Growth

Marcus Woo
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New Class of Reagents Developed by Caltech Chemical Biologists for In Vivo Protein Tracking
07/26/2004

New Class of Reagents Developed by Caltech Chemical Biologists for In Vivo Protein Tracking

Robert Tindol
One of the big problems in biology is keeping track of the proteins a cell makes, without having to kill the cell. Now, researchers from the California Institute of Technology have developed a general approach that measures protein production in living cells.
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Caltech Nobel Laureate Ed Lewis Dies
07/22/2004

Caltech Nobel Laureate Ed Lewis Dies

Robert Tindol
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Neuroscientists Demonstrate New Way to Control Prosthetic Device with Brain Signals
07/08/2004

Neuroscientists Demonstrate New Way to Control Prosthetic Device with Brain Signals

Robert Tindol
Another milestone has been achieved in the quest to create prosthetic devices operated by brain activity. In the July 9 issue of the journal Science, California Institute of Technology neuroscientists Sam Musallam, Brian Corneil, Bradley Greger, Hans Scherberger, and Richard Andersen report on the Andersen lab's success in getting monkeys to move the cursor on a computer screen by merely thinking about a goal they would like to achieve, and assigning a value to the goal.
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"Minis" Have Mega Impact in the Brain
06/21/2004

"Minis" Have Mega Impact in the Brain

Researchers find that "minis"--miniature excitatory synaptic events--may play an important role in regulating protein synthesis in the brain.
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