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Society for Neuroscience 2014

November 2014
SFN 2014

Deaf mouse study hints at gap between squeaks, speech

by  /  18 November 2014

Do mice use their high-pitched vocalizations to communicate, just as people use speech? It’s not likely, according to an unpublished study of deaf mice presented yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Growth factor rescues neurons made from boys with Rett

by  /  18 November 2014

Neurons derived from the skin cells of boys with Rett syndrome can help screen potential treatments for the disorder, suggest unpublished results presented yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Questions for Thomas Insel: Paths to treatments for autism

by  /  18 November 2014

Finding people who have an autism-linked mutation but no apparent symptoms may be the key to identifying drug targets for the disorder, says Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health.
 

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Calcium sensor leaves permanent mark in activated neurons

by  /  17 November 2014

Researchers have engineered a fluorescent sensor that irreversibly switches from green to red when a neuron fires, thereby serving as a permanent mark of neuronal activation. They described the unpublished work Monday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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People with autism have trouble processing sight, sound

by  /  17 November 2014

People with autism tend to be less efficient than controls at integrating what they hear with what they see, according to unpublished results presented today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Social brain is duped by fake personal interactions

by  /  17 November 2014

Believing that you’re involved in a live interaction, even when you’re not, is enough to activate the social brain, according to unpublished work presented today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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New tool lays out links between genes, mice, behavior

by  /  17 November 2014

A new database bridges the gap between candidate genes identified by sequencing studies and mouse models that can help reveal the genes’ role in various disorders. Researchers presented the tool today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Simple steps aim to solve science’s ‘reproducibility problem’

by  /  17 November 2014

Leaders from the National Institutes of Health and Nature Publishing Group say an array of simple reforms can boost the reliability of research findings. Their suggestions spurred a lively audience discussion yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Targeting potassium channel eases autism symptoms in mice

by  /  17 November 2014

Lowering the levels of a certain ion channel reverses autism-like behaviors in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome, according to unpublished results presented yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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New ‘hands-free’ device controls mouse movements

by  /  17 November 2014

With a tiny diode inserted into a mouse’s skull, researchers can stimulate its neurons while it runs freely on an exercise wheel or crawls through cardboard tubes, they reported yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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