S. Giovanoli et al., Science/AAAS

Starry night. Active immune cells (yellow) light up the brain tissue of mice exposed to both prenatal infection and stress (right), compared with the quieter control (left).

Top Stories: Franken-Tadpoles, Schizophrenia, and the Sequester

One-Two Punch of Infection, Stress May Lead to Schizophrenia

Scientists still don't know exactly what causes schizophrenia. But now they have evidence to support the long-held theory that a combination of infection and stress can lead to the disorder.

#Sciquester: Thoughts on Science and Sequestration

The dreaded 1 March deadline has come and gone, and the sequester is in full effect. But how will budget cuts affect scientists, research, and labs? (We already know that National Science Foundation grantees won't be affected.) ScienceNOW collected the scientific community's thoughts, tips, and concerns related to the coming changes.

Got Pimples? You May Need Better Bacteria

Bacteria get a lot of the blame for blemishes. But it turns out that some strains actually protect the skin and guard against pimples. The discovery could lead to strain-specific treatments for acne -- in other words, probiotic pimple cream.

'Franken-Tadpoles' See With Eyes on Their Backs

Researchers have successfully transplanted a working eyeball onto a blind tadpole's spine. It's the first time that scientists have shown that functional sight can occur so far from the brain. The technique sheds light (literally) on how transplanted tissue interacts with the nervous system—only the tadpoles whose transplanted eyes connected to their spinal cord, rather than their gut, seemed to be able to see.

Switzerland Creates Secure Test Site for GM Crops

In recent trials of genetically modified (GM) crops, Swiss researchers spent 78% of their grant money on security to protect the controversial crops from destruction at the hands of protestors. Now, the Swiss government will spend €600,000 each year from 2014 until 2017 to provide a permanently protected area on federal land to run GM experiments. First up to be tested is fungus-resistant GM wheat.

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