Σάββατο, 5 Ιουλίου 2014

ScienceDaily: Top Science News

ScienceDaily: Top Science News


Genetic link to autism found, known as CHD8 mutation

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 09:58 AM PDT

In a collaboration involving 13 institutions around the world, researchers have broken new ground in understanding what causes autism. This is the first time researchers have shown a definitive cause of autism to a genetic mutation. Previously identified genetic events like Fragile X, which account for a greater number of autism cases, are associated with other impairments, such as intellectual disability, more than autism.

Biological basis for magic mushroom 'mind expansion' discovered

Posted: 03 Jul 2014 07:26 AM PDT

New research shows that our brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during a mind-expanding drug trip. The study found that under psilocybin, activity in the more primitive brain network linked to emotional thinking became more pronounced, with several different areas in this network -- such as the hippocampus and anterior cingulate cortex -- active at the same time. This pattern of activity is similar to the pattern observed in people who are dreaming.

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