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Society for Neuroscience 2015

October 2015
SFN 2015

Software stitches brain snapshots into seamless 3-D image

by  /  19 October 2015

A computer program called NeuronStitcher can quickly and accurately sew a series of brain scans into a three-dimensional rendering.

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Vasopressin blocker improves social deficits in rat autism model

by  /  19 October 2015

A drug that blocks the function of the hormone vasopressin improves social interactions and memory in rats that model autism.

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Blue light used for optogenetics may have off-target effects

by  /  18 October 2015

Tiny pulses of blue light dampen the expression of inflammatory genes in microglia, and may cause unplanned effects when using optogenetics.

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Drug rescues learning deficits in Rett syndrome mouse

by  /  18 October 2015

A new drug that targets a molecule involved in learning reverses some cognitive difficulties in a mouse model of Rett syndrome.

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Expression of mouse genes can vary by sex, strain

by  /  18 October 2015

Patterns of gene expression in the brain vary dramatically between male and female mice — a finding that highlights the hazards of using only male mice to study complex disorders.

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For studying social cognition, two heads better than one

by  /  18 October 2015

A brain scanner that simultaneously measures brain activity in two people holds promise for capturing social interactions and nonverbal communication.

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Homemade ‘Miniscope’ lights up firing neurons in mobile mice

by  /  18 October 2015

A miniature microscope made from cheap, ‘off-the-shelf’ parts can track firing neurons in the brains of freely moving mice.

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Immune molecule does double duty as social manager

by  /  18 October 2015

An immune molecule that helps defend people from infection with viruses or bacteria may also keep brain activity in check, allowing people to be social.

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Network analysis may help grapple with autism’s diversity

by  /  18 October 2015

Characterizing the interaction between brain networks that govern attention and reward may help classify subgroups of people with autism.

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Excitatory neurons may underlie some aspects of Rett syndrome

by  /  17 October 2015

Mice that lack the Rett gene in a subset of neurons that activate neural circuits develop tremor and anxiety-like behaviors, two characteristics of the syndrome.

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