News tagged with synaptic plasticity

Addiction: a loss of plasticity of the brain?

Why is it that only some drug users become addicts? This is the question that has been addressed by the teams of Pier Vincenzo Piazza and Olivier Manzoni, in Bordeaux (Inserm unit 862). These researchers have just discovered ...

Jun 24, 2010
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RNA on the move

In the fruit fly Drosophila, oskar mRNA, which is involved in defining the animal’s body axes, is produced in the nuclei of nurse cells neighbouring the oocyte, and must be transported to the oocyte and ...

Nov 26, 2009
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Brain plasticity: Changes and resets in homeostasis

In an article published in the June 25th edition of the journal Neuron, researchers at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, have found that synaptic plasticity, long implicated as a device for 'change' in the ...

Jun 25, 2009
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Why Sleep is Needed to Form Memories

If you ever argued with your mother when she told you to get some sleep after studying for an exam instead of pulling an all-nighter, you owe her an apology, because it turns out she's right. And now, scientists ...

Feb 11, 2009
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