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July 2018
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Glowing capsule illuminates problems in gut

by  /  13 July 2018

An ingestible electronic capsule enables researchers to instantaneously detect molecules associated with gastrointestinal issues.

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neurons glow red or green, indicating how they work to control movements in mice
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Tube of light illuminates groups of neurons in action

by  /  6 July 2018

Shining laser light into mouse brains reveals chatter among separate sets of neurons, showing how the cells produce complex behaviors.

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June 2018
tangles of brightly colored RNA, DNA and enzymes
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Refined versions of gene-editing tool increase its versatility

by  /  29 June 2018

Four new techniques expand the repertoire of the gene editor CRISPR.

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Mom holding crying toddler
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New parent surveys expand autism screening to infants, minorities

by  /  22 June 2018

Two new parent questionnaires could help clinicians identify autism in babies and in members of racial or ethnic minority groups.

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Videos reveal cells moving in live animals

by  /  15 June 2018

A combination of two microscope techniques enables researchers to record detailed 3-D videos of cells and their structures inside living animals.

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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.

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Baby chick on white background.
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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.

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May 2018
Various colored mouse brain sections.
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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.

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Visualization of networks of individual neurons in the brain.
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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.

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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.

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