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November 2018
Large group of different lab mice: white mice, black and white mice and light brown mice, all in a cage on wood chips.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Rapid method connects DNA shape to gene activity in cells

by  /  12 October 2018

A new technique reveals the active genes and the regions that regulate them in thousands of single cells at once.

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Neurons in lab grown brain glow green, red and blue.
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New techniques extend tool kit for constructing ‘mini-brains’

by  /  5 October 2018

Two new methods for building ‘mini-brains’ may help researchers study how early brain development differs in people with autism.

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September 2018
Mouse brain photograph shows the area of drug delivery highlighted in red.
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Brain implant mutes seizure-like activity in mice

by  /  28 September 2018

A new brain implant pumps chemical signals directly into a target region to ease seizure-like activity in mice.

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Two zebrafish swimming.
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Blind dates for zebrafish reveal ‘social’ cells in brain

by  /  21 September 2018

A new behavioral test in zebrafish may help researchers zero in on the biology of social interactions.

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