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June 2018

New technique scales up ability to find DNA tags in genomes

by  /  8 June 2018

A new method helps researchers map the patterns of chemical tags in large batches of cells.

Baby chick on white background.

Chick model of epilepsy-drug exposure may mimic signs of autism

by  /  1 June 2018

Exposing fertilized chicken eggs to valproic acid, an epilepsy drug, yields chicks with apparent social deficits.

May 2018
Various colored mouse brain sections.

Imaging approaches expand view into brain’s complexity

by  /  25 May 2018

Four new imaging techniques published over the past few months enable researchers to easily visualize cells and other features in tissue slices and living brains.

Visualization of networks of individual neurons in the brain.

New map reveals web of connections from single neurons

by  /  18 May 2018

A new map reveals the routes of individual neurons in visual regions of the mouse brain.


Wearable device accurately scans brains in moving people

by  /  4 May 2018

A new neuroimaging device that is worn like a helmet enables researchers to map the functional activity of a person’s brain as she moves her head.

April 2018
scientific illustration of protein mutations

Web-based tools reveal mutations’ effects on proteins

by  /  27 April 2018

Two new online resources help researchers predict how mutations alter protein structure.

genetic code sequences

Map of DNA variation identifies key genetic regions

by  /  20 April 2018

A new analysis of the genomes of more than 11,000 people reveals regions that have few mutations, indicating they have important functions.

scans of a mouse brain with highlighted regions

Active neurons emit visible glow from depths of animal brains

by  /  13 April 2018

Modified versions of molecules found in fireflies make brain cells glow so brightly they are visible from outside the body.

A silicon nanowire touches the membrane of a rat neuron.

Silicon nanowires stimulate neurons with light

by  /  6 April 2018

Microscopic silicon wires could enable scientists to excite neurons with light without first inserting genes into them.

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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