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First 'wired' map of the brain produced

Cardiff - If the brain is a giant and powerful computer, then the network of neurons that inter-space the grey and white matter can be thought of as a wiring system.

Vernon Mountcastle, pioneering neuroscientist, has died

New York - Vernon Mountcastle, who mapped the functional landscape of the neocortex, has died at the age of 96. His original theory, now commonly accepted, was seen as of immense controversy back in the 1960s.

Spinal cord regenerated

Washington - Scientists based at the University of California, San Diego, have demonstrated that neural progenitor cells grafted into injured rat spinal cords can grow long axons and connect to host neurons.

Scientists map out the 'emotional body'

Liverpool - Scientists examining neurons that respond to gentle touch has shown that people find strokes on another person's back and shoulder more pleasurable than strokes to the forearm and hand. This has led to the creation of an "emotional map" of the human body.

More funding for Obama's BRAIN

Washington - A mix of public, private, philanthropic, and academic investments have been collected in order to fund additional BRAIN Initiative-related projects. This is a project to map out the human brain, launched by President Obama in 2013.

Altering neurons improves autism in mice

Fixing impaired neurons appears to ease the symptoms of autism in laboratory studies on mice, where mice have the disorder. This is according to a new study published in the journal Neuron.

Why can’t you remember life as a baby?

The growth and development of new neurons may explain why adults cannot remember being infants, according to a new study.

Mapping the mouse brain

New research charts the entire brain of the mouse at the cellular level. The collected data is the most comprehensive analysis of an animal's brain to be published.

How do nerves 'fire'?

Nerve cells recycle tiny bubbles or "vesicles" that send chemical nerve signals from one cell to the next, according to a new study. The process is much faster and different to previously thought.

Got an itch? Scientists unravel how pain gets to the brain

Bethesda - Researchers have found the molecule that delivers itchiness signals to the brain. This is via a dedicated, and previously unknown, neural pathway.

Can urine be turned into brain cells?

Scientists have carried out a study whereby cells from human urine have been manipulated into cells that resemble the types of neurons found in the brain.

Piano tuning helps to 'shape' the brain

New research, which studied the brains of piano tuners compared to the brains of other people, showed that piano tuners have different and more complex neural pathways.

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