A New Way to Prevent the Spread of Devastating Diseases

Researchers around the country are adopting a technique developed in the Caltech lab of Nobel Laureate David Baltimore to try to guard against infection. The method, called VIP, was originally designed to trigger an immune response to HIV, and because of its success with HIV is now being studied, in mice, for protection against influenza, malaria, hepatitis C, and tuberculosis.

Sensing Neuronal Activity With Light

A technique developed by Caltech researchers uses a genetic tool and light to view and map neuronal circuits.

Emotions in the Brain: An Interview with David Anderson

We recently spoke to David Anderson, Caltech's Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology, about this work, his goals, and how the interdisciplinary collaborations he is building at Caltech are helping to spur a revolution in neuroscience.

Slimy Fish and the Origins of Brain Development

Work at Caltech's unique lamprey facility provides important insights about the evolutionary history of vertebrate brain development.

Tipping the Balance of Behavior

Caltech researchers have discovered a seesaw-like circuit in the brain that controls the choice between social and repetitive self-oriented behaviors in mice.

Seeing Protein Synthesis in the Field

Caltech researchers have developed a novel way to visualize proteins generated by microorganisms in their natural environment—including the murky waters of Caltech's lily pond.

Biology Made Simpler With "Clear" Tissues

Thanks to new techniques developed at Caltech, scientists can now see through tissues, organs, and even an entire body, offering new insights into the cell-by-cell makeup of organisms—and the promise of novel diagnostic medical applications.

BBE Hosts Symposium to Honor Patterson

The symposium, titled "From the Brain to the Body and Back: A Celebration of Paul Patterson's Life in Science," was held on June 30.

Sorting Out Emotions

Evaluating another person's emotions based on facial expressions can sometimes be a complex task. As it turns out, this process isn't so easy for the brain to sort out either. Building on previous studies targeting the amygdala, a region in the brain known to be important for the processing of emotional reactions, a team of researchers from Caltech, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, have found that some brain cells recognize emotions based on the viewer's preconceptions rather than the true emotion being expressed.

Growing Unknown Microbes One by One

A new technique developed at Caltech helps grow individual species of the unknown microbes that live in the human body.

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