Saturday, December 9, 2023

‘Mini-brain’ cultures reveal how human brains outpace primate cousins 

Researchers studying cultures of brain cells from humans, gorillas, and chimpanzees have uncovered why human brains grow so much larger than those of other primates, CBC reports. The team found that in early development, as the brain is developing from what are called neural progenitors — which are the cells that will eventually make neurons — human tissue cultures spend more time making more of these progenitor cells, thanks to a gene called ZEB2.

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U.S. vetoes UN Security Council vote on Gaza ceasefire

(BBC News) The US has blocked a UN Security Council resolution put forward by the UAE calling for an "immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza." Thirteen...

UK accuses Russia of attempted election interference through cyberattacks

(Al Jazeera Media Network) The UK government has accused Russian security services of engaging in a sustained cyber-espionage campaign with the aim of meddling in the country’s...