Neuroscience writer Laura Sanders reports on the latest mysteries of the mind and blogs about the science of raising kids. She earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she studied the nerve cells that compel a fruit fly to perform a dazzling mating ritual full of singing and dancing. Convinced that she was missing some exciting science development somewhere, Laura turned her eye toward writing about brains in all shapes and forms. Laura's research has been published in scientific journals including Current Biology, Developmental Biology and PLOS Biology. She holds undergraduate degrees in creative writing and biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where she was a National Merit Scholar. Her 2012 series on consciousness won an Eddie Award for editorial excellence.
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Laura Sanders' Articles
- NewsBeachgoers may be exposed to antibiotic-resistant microbe strain in sea and sand, but there appears to be no link to infection.
- NewsVariant version of ancient board game Go allows researchers to see how players value their moves, possibly providing clues to the math behind complex games like chess.
- NewsA chemical from an ocean-dwelling sponge can reprogram antibiotic resistant bacteria to make them vulnerable to medicines again, new evidence suggests.
- NewsToddlers who gesture more at age 14 months possess larger vocabularies when entering school, new research finds.
- NewsIn an experiment mimicking slot machines, people’s brains reacted similarly to almost winning as to winning, possibly explaining why gambling can be addictive.
- NewsResearchers have uncovered what may be a shared genetic toolkit for teeth, one common among vertebrates and mammals, including humans
- NewsDomesticated dogs passed a gene for dark fur color to their wild cousins.
- NewsA new robotics study suggests that the ridges select the right frequencies for light touch
- NewsA new imaging study looks at how people are able to empathize with others, even when they haven’t experienced something firsthand.
- NewsWhen mice ate as important as what they ate in reducing cell division linked to cancer, new study reports.