The Hopkins scientists join a handful of other medical researchers around the country who are culturing so-called “mini-brains” in the lab. It’s a relatively new field of scientific inquiry that could revolutionize how new drugs are tested for effectiveness by replacing drug testing on lab animals with testing on human cells

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For most doctors and scientists, the concept of treatments with no pharmaceutical component just makes no sense. Jo Marchant asks if we can harness the mind to reduce side-effects and slash drug costs

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King Henry VIII was a complicated and contradictorily character, according to historical accounts. In his youth, he was reportedly “lighthearted, merry and easily given to laughter,” while in later years he became cruel and tyrannical, with an explosive temper

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Researcher David Silver and colleagues designed a computer program capable of beating a top-level Go player – a marvelous technological feat and important threshold in the development of artificial intelligence, or AI. It stresses once more that humans aren’t at the center of the universe, and that human cognition isn’t the pinnacle of intelligence

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Using the powerful anesthetic propofol, researchers have begun to pick apart how human brain activity gives rise to consciousness

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If it works, it’s likely to be expensive, have serious side effects, and help only a subset of patients. But it could also open the door to a whole new field of drug development for other psychiatric conditions, including bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia, all of which might be propelled, at least in part, by excess immune activity in the brain

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Autopsies reveal plaques in the brains of people who died after receiving grafts from cadavers

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A Drug to Cure Fear

January 22, 2016

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