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December 2018
Brain images

Large U.K. database reveals links between genes and brain function

by  /  21 December 2018

A newly expanded database of information from people in the United Kingdom provides a detailed picture of genetic diversity.

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Zebrafish

Technique maps center of balance in zebrafish brains

by  /  14 December 2018

A new method enables researchers to plot activity in the zebrafish brain’s system for spatial orientation and balance.

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Still from video shows a mouse embryo in development.

Microscope tracks cells in maturing mouse embryos

by  /  5 December 2018

A new microscope creates images of a mouse embryo as it grows from a ball of about 100 cells into a structure with a primitive heart and brain.

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November 2018
Black and white images shows human neurons grafted onto a mouse brain grow over time.

Human neurons take root in living mouse brains

by  /  30 November 2018

Neurons grown from human stem cells and grafted onto the brains of live mice mature and form connections like those in the fetal human brain.

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Large group of different lab mice: white mice, black and white mice and light brown mice, all in a cage on wood chips.

Database compares protein function across dozens of mouse strains

by  /  23 November 2018

A new resource details the protein-coding portions of the genomes of 36 popular mouse strains.

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Mouse brain atlas reveals details of developing cerebellum

by  /  16 November 2018

A new database displays gene-expression patterns in individual cells of the developing mouse cerebellum over time.

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RNA sequences in yellow and blue.

Tool analyzes mysterious set of RNAs for clues to function

by  /  9 November 2018

A software tool finds possible functions for long RNA molecules that aren’t transcribed into proteins.

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Mice in a lab test on a rotarod.

Careful mouse tests could forecast fate of Angelman drugs

by  /  2 November 2018

A new protocol enables researchers to rigorously test drugs for Angelman syndrome in mice.

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October 2018
Recordings from the mouse visual cortex flash pink and orange.

New tool provides real-time glimpse of brain activity in mice

by  /  26 October 2018

A transparent set of electrodes enables researchers to simultaneously record electrical signals and visualize neurons in the brains of awake mice.

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A photograph with text and colors shows an actor with objects that might distract or attract, at a desk.

Eye-tracking test may reveal autism risk, severity

by  /  19 October 2018

Two novel algorithms that analyze where a child looks as she views a video could help clinicians spot autism.

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