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March 2018
Tiny particles (blue), along with light-sensitive proteins (green) and light, excite neurons (red) in a reward region of the mouse brain.

Tiny particles safely stimulate neurons buried in brain

by  /  30 March 2018

A new technology that converts near-infrared light to visible light can manipulate neurons nestled deep in the brain.

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water droplets contain and concentrate the materials needed to synthesize genes.

New tools speed genome assembly, tests of gene function

by  /  23 March 2018

Two new techniques could help reveal the molecular basis of conditions such as autism.

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honeycomb shape with arrows shows the pattern of activity of rats in the maze

‘Honeycomb’ maze elevates testing of rodents’ spatial skills

by  /  16 March 2018

A maze comprising 37 hexagonal platforms may offer researchers an accurate measure of rodents’ ability to navigate their surroundings.

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boy lying down on the floor touching a metal object

New instrument could assess effects of behavioral treatments

by  /  9 March 2018

A new questionnaire assesses the frequency and severity of various behaviors in children with autism.

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A section of loosely packed DNA points to genes that a cell is actively turning into proteins.

Map of DNA structure marks autism risk regions

by  /  2 March 2018

A new map of DNA structure highlights sequences that regulate the formation of neurons in the developing brain.

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February 2018
More than 4,000 types of brain cells show distinct gene expression patterns.

Map of gene expression gives new clues to brain development

by  /  23 February 2018

A new map that analyzes gene expression one cell at a time shows how various cell types mature and form the brain’s distinctive structures.

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Newly flagged genes for developmental conditions (triangles) cluster in networks with previously identified risk factors (circles).

New software mines data for autism risk genes

by  /  16 February 2018

An algorithm combs through genetic data to identify variants involved in autism and four other brain conditions.

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slice of mouse brain showing neuron connection

Interactive mouse brain atlas helps researchers share data

by  /  9 February 2018

An online software suite charts individual neurons and their connections across the mouse brain.

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marker genes in cells

New databases decode gene expression in brain cells

by  /  2 February 2018

Researchers have generated two new databases that catalog which genes are expressed in specific brain cells.

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January 2018
two women sitting in a coffee shop

Survey assesses well-being in adults with autism

by  /  24 January 2018

A brief questionnaire written with guidance from people with autism is the first of its kind to assess quality of life among adults with the condition.

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