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Society for Neuroscience 2015

October 2015
SFN 2015

Mouse project aims to tackle autism’s genetic diversity

by  /  21 October 2015

Tracking dozens of autism-related behaviors in nearly 200 strains of mice, researchers are linking the behaviors to specific genetic regions.

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Multitasking microscope depicts brain in dazzling detail

by  /  21 October 2015

A microscope that sections brain tissue as it scans can trace the tangled paths of thousands of neurons through the brain.

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One form of immune gene tracks with autism traits

by  /  21 October 2015

A variant in a gene that regulates immune responses is more common in children with autism than in those without this disorder.

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Prairie vole study digs up link between Prozac, oxytocin

by  /  21 October 2015

Prairie vole pups exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine in the womb show autism-like behaviors and lose some receptors for oxytocin and vasopressin.

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Technique stretches brain tissue to spot, sequence genes

by  /  21 October 2015

A technique that expands brain tissue to four times its original size lets researchers spot and sequence individual mRNAs — the genetic blueprints for protein production.

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Brain circuit signs flag preterm babies’ risk for autism

by  /  20 October 2015

Infants born prematurely show alterations in the structure and function of their brain circuits — findings that may help explain their increased risk for autism.

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Differences between rodents show limitations of models

by  /  20 October 2015

The same autism-linked mutation can lead to dramatically different behaviors in rats and mice.

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For best research results, keep neurons in close touch

by  /  20 October 2015

Disrupting cell-to-cell contact among developing neurons, even briefly, may alter their fates for good.

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Genetic fix for star-shaped cells eases fragile X in mice

by  /  20 October 2015

Boosting levels of the fragile X protein FMRP in astrocytes reverses features of fragile X syndrome in mice.

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Microglia may play multiple roles in shaping brain

by  /  20 October 2015

Scientists have discovered a new way that microglia, the immune cells of the brain, can sculpt brain circuits.

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