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August 2018
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Two new sensors track chemical signals in brains of living animals

by  /  24 August 2018

Novel sensors enable researchers to monitor the activity of two signaling chemicals in the brains of living fruit flies and mice.

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electrode cap on a styrofoam head model.
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Multipart device monitors various senses in babies

by  /  17 August 2018

A new assemblage of tools precisely gauges a baby’s biological response to sights, sounds and tactile stimuli all at once.

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Rhesus macaque making a funny face.
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Three distinct brain systems underlie monkey social skills

by  /  10 August 2018

A new map shows three brain networks that govern social communication in rhesus macaques.

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Technique tracks molecules that drive learning in brain

by  /  3 August 2018

A new method enables scientists to monitor the activity of key molecules involved in the growth and remodeling of connections in the brain.

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July 2018
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Machine rapidly sorts cells after learning their shape

by  /  27 July 2018

Researchers have developed a way to quickly sift through thousands of cells, isolating only those of interest.

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A red and blue pattern of genes.
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Algorithm flags harmful mutations in single copies of genes

by  /  20 July 2018

A new tool can predict a genetic problem called ‘haploinsufficiency’ in which a mutation impairs the function of one copy of a gene.

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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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