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New Model System for Studying Neurons and How Viruses Affect Them

A new method to create synthetic neurons allows researchers to investigate how the human brain makes metabolic building blocks essential for the survival of all living organisms. A new study describes a core enzyme involved in the synthesis of these building blocks, called purines, and how the enzyme might change during infection by herpes simplex virus. An early version of the paper describing the enzyme appears online in Jan. 2018 in the Journal of Neurochemistry, and a paper describing the neuron-like cells appeared in Dec. 2017 issue of the Journal of Virology.

The Important Role of Genes in Nurture

Researchers at deCODE genetics demonstrate that parental genes, both those that are transmitted to the child and those not transmitted, can affect the child's fate through their impact on the parents and the kind of nurturing they provide. The researchers call this phenomenon "genetic nurture." The study findings were published in the Science.