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March 2015

Clever new method coaxes chromatin from living tissues

by  /  18 March 2015

A new method allows researchers to extract chromatin — the DNA-protein complex that helps to regulate gene expression — from tissue samples weighing as little as 1 milligram.


Behavioral test taps multiple senses in mice

by  /  11 March 2015

A new behavioral test that gauges how well mice simultaneously process light and sound may help explain and treat problems with this skill in people with autism.


Glowing sensors shine new light on protein interactions

by  /  4 March 2015

Researchers may soon be able to easily visualize protein pairings in living cells through vibrant flashes of color.

February 2015

Timed cues create mini-cerebellum in culture

by  /  25 February 2015

Researchers can coax human stem cells to grow into layered structures that mimic the brain’s center for motor control, the cerebellum.


Method lights up brain activity in living animals

by  /  18 February 2015

A new microscopy technique creates colorful three-dimensional images of brain activity in awake mice.


Flexible implant gently eavesdrops on brain signals

by  /  11 February 2015

An ultra-thin and flexible electrode array can record brain signals without disturbing the underlying tissue.


Massive atlas maps protein expression from head to toe

by  /  4 February 2015

A new resource maps the expression of nearly 17,000 proteins in a range of tissues throughout the human body.

January 2015

New database matches mutations with potential effects

by  /  28 January 2015

A new tool helps predict whether large DNA duplications and deletions, common among people with autism, are harmful or benign.


Method charts lifetime expression of DNA in brain

by  /  21 January 2015

A new database that maps changes in gene expression in the prefrontal cortex shows that autism-linked genes are expressed differently than other genes through six stages of life.


Technique reveals convoluted curves of chromosomes

by  /  14 January 2015

A new method is faster and more accurate than previous methods at revealing the complex folds that help to fit nearly six feet of DNA into the tiny nucleus of a cell.


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