This Week in Science

In this week's Science Signaling, a Vanderbilt University-led team publishes a study demonstrating how epigenetics can influence neuronal excitability, which is known to be dysregulated in many brain disorders. By studying rat cortical neurons in vitro, the researchers found that dynamic DNA methylation helps set the threshold for the responsiveness of the neuronal membrane. By blocking an enzyme that triggers DNA methylation, they were able to make neurons more responsive.

To read the full story....

Register for Free.

...and receive Daily News bulletins.

Already have a GenomeWeb or 360Dx account?
Login Now.

Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

In Science this week: genetic mutations typically associated with esophageal cancer are common in older, healthy individuals, and more.

India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

A new study links more than a hundred genes to autism spectrum disorder, Discover's D-brief blog reports.