Current Issue: Fall 2014 Issue 33

Robert Desimone, Director of the McGovern Institute. Photo: Kent Dayton

From the Director

In this issue, we feature Gloria Choi, who joined us last year and is working to understand how the brain learns to make sense of smell.

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Laboratory technician Nora Benavidez trains a mouse to associate an odor with a reward. Photo: Justin Knight

Feature Story

In Search of Smell’s Meaning

Gloria Choi is building a team to study how the brain learns the meaning of smells.

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Nancy Kanwisher at TED2014 - The Next Chapter, March 17-21, 2014, Session 5 - Us, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Institute News

TED2014: A Neural Portrait of the Human Mind

Nancy Kanwisher delivers a talk at the TED2014 in Vancouver.

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New Animation Illustrates Gene Editing Technology

A new animation depicts the CRISPR-Cas9 method for genome editing.

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Neurons in mouse somatosensory cortex infected with a second-generation rabies viral vector. Image: Ian Wickersham

McGovern Scientists Win Brain Initiative Awards

Six teams from MIT were among the first recipients of the Brain Initiative awards.

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During his visit to the McGovern Institute, master pickpocket Apollo Robbins managed to steal a watch from graduate student Todd Thompson as John Gabrieli looked on. Photo: Justin Knight

“Gentleman Thief” Visits the McGovern Institute

Performance artist Apollo Robbins visit the McGovern Institute.

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Tomaso Poggio receiving the Swartz Prize from the Society for Neuroscience President Carol Mason. Photo courtesy of the Society for Neuroscience.

Awards & Honors

Awards and Honors

Tomaso Poggio and Feng Zhang win SfN awards.

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The CRISPR-Cas9 method for genome editing has many applications in biomedical resaerch, including the potential to treat human genetic disease. Image courtesy of Feng Zhang and Steve Dixon

Research News

In a series of new papers, Feng Zhang has continued to develop the CRISPR method for genome editing.

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