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May 2019
organoid

New method creates complex, long-lived brain ‘organoids’

by  /  10 May 2019

A new method for growing brain organoids allows them to survive for up to a year — more than four times as long as is possible with other methods.

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Image of DNA made up of hundreds of tiny images in a mosaic effect.

New algorithm identifies rare mutations in single neurons

by  /  3 May 2019

A new computational method sifts true mutations from spurious ones in a single cell’s genome.

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April 2019
Installers working on massive MRI machine install

Mighty magnet promises to render human brain in intricate detail

by  /  26 April 2019

A new magnetic resonance imaging machine has the power to reveal the brain’s structure and activity at unprecedented resolution.

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Scans in preterm babies reveal patterns of brain development

by  /  19 April 2019

Two imaging techniques together reveal architectural features of the brains of preterm infants.

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Anxious looking child

New scale measures anxiety in children with autism

by  /  12 April 2019

A new parent questionnaire is the first test designed to gauge anxiety in children with autism.

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Women in conversation

Study identifies top tests of social skills in autistic adults

by  /  5 April 2019

An evaluation of 11 tests of social skills has identified 8 that give credible results in autistic adults.

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March 2019

New maps plot hot spots of diversity across human genome

by  /  29 March 2019

A pair of maps that depict variation in the human genome may help reveal the genetic roots of autism.

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Microscope image of microbes.

Genome catalog bolsters global microbiome research

by  /  22 March 2019

The largest-yet attempt to characterize the global diversity of the human microbiome — the population of microbes that live in our bodies — has found 4,930 species, 77 percent of which were previously unknown.

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Human brain tissue

Autism brain bank doubles amount of available tissue

by  /  15 March 2019

Autism BrainNet, a repository of postmortem brains, has new tissue from more than 150 brains, including 59 from people with confirmed or possible autism.

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Three views of a lab monkey

Mutant monkey clones could aid study of autism

by  /  8 March 2019

Scientists have created five monkey clones, all carrying an edit to a specific gene.

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