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Mouse brain images show proteins in mouse brains at different ages.

New ‘synaptome’ maps neuronal connections in mouse brain across lifespan

by  /  5 August 2020

A new atlas lays bare how synapses, or the junctions between neurons, change from birth to old age in mice.

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July 2020
grid of six brain slices in different staining methods.
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Software maps neurons to reference brain atlas

by  /  29 July 2020

A computer program aligns mouse brain images with a reference brain atlas, helping researchers analyze neurons and their connections in a standardized way.

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Wireless optogenetics device reveals new role for ‘cuddle hormone’

by  /  15 July 2020

A new wireless device switches oxytocin-producing neurons on and off in mice as they interact, showing the hormone’s effects depend on social context.

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Scores forecast effects of mutations in autism gene

by  /  8 July 2020

A new analysis links individual mutations in a gene called PTEN to a person’s odds of having autism, cancer or other conditions.

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June 2020
A genome data set shows colorful clusters by ancestry
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Massive genomic database helps decode mutations’ effects

by  /  24 June 2020

A trove of DNA sequences from 141,456 people — and counting — offers an unparalleled look at genetic variation.

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New atlas maps mouse brain in 3D

by  /  17 June 2020

A new high-resolution atlas provides the most detailed views of mouse brain structure to date.

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grid of brains with one area highlighted shows a potential source of a seizure
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New noninvasive approach maps seizure-generating brain areas

by  /  10 June 2020

A new method for electroencephalography source localization can noninvasively identify brain networks involved in generating seizures in people with epilepsy.

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Flexible implant records brain activity in rats for more than a year

by  /  3 June 2020

A new flexible electrode array can detect the activity of neurons in a rat’s brain at high resolution for more than a year.

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May 2020
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Ultra-sensitive protein activates neurons in response to external light

by  /  27 May 2020

A new, minimally invasive technique allows researchers to activate neurons in the brains of mice and monkeys by using a light source located outside of the head.

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Social brain may differ between men and women

by  /  20 May 2020

Brain imaging data reveal sex differences in regions linked to social contact.

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April 2020
Preteen girl taking test with assessor sitting nearby
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Cognitive tests may help characterize intellectual disability

by  /  29 April 2020

Standardized tests can reliably assess memory, language ability, executive function and other traits in people with intellectual disability linked to autism.

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