Optogenetics: A New Frontier

by Jen Guidera Neuroscientists often try to correlate observable behavior with activity in the brain. This is a grand undertaking, with the human brain containing an estimated 86 billion neurons and 100 trillion synapses (9)(10). Given the size and complexity of the brain, you may be surprised to learn that one of the most fruitfulContinue reading “Optogenetics: A New Frontier”

Facing the Fats: Should You Be Scared of Saturated Fat?

by Emily Groopman and Jen Guidera Butter. Bacon. Heavy cream. While considered wholesome staples in 19th and early 20th century America, these foods are now seen as “greasy killers” rather than good nourishment (1, 2). The fear and even shame surrounding consumption of such items reflects a powerful nutritional paradigm. Associated with a plethora ofContinue reading “Facing the Fats: Should You Be Scared of Saturated Fat?”