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BCS vows to take on systemic racism

July 21, 2020

BCS vows to take on systemic racism

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Tristan Davies | Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

BCS and Building 46 leadership, faculty, postdocs, graduate students and staff have taken a firm stand against anti-Black racism and begun collaborating on actions and commitments to recognize, understand, and address systemic racism in our own community and society at large.

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Neural vulnerability in Huntington’s disease tied to release of mitochondrial RNA

July 21, 2020

Neural vulnerability in Huntington’s disease tied to release of mitochondrial RNA

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David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

In the first study to comprehensively track how different types of brain cells respond to the mutation that causes Huntington’s disease (HD), MIT neuroscientists found that a significant cause of death for an especially afflicted kind of neuron might be an immune response to genetic material erra

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Seemingly similar, two neurons show distinct styles as they interact with the same muscle partner

July 20, 2020

Seemingly similar, two neurons show distinct styles as they interact with the same muscle partner

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David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

A study by MIT neuroscientists into how seemingly similar neuronal subtypes drive locomotion in the fruit fly reveals an unexpected diversity as the brain’s commands were relayed to muscle fibers.

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