Researchers have sequenced 17 laboratory mice and mapped 56.7 million single-base DNA variants in their genomes, according to a study published 15 September in Nature. A companion paper in the same issue identifies more than 700,000 structural variants, which are insertions, deletions or other modifications of DNA.
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Emerging tools and techniques that may advance autism research.
A technique for detecting gene expression that detects short RNA messages is better suited than traditional methods for analyzing postmortem brain tissue, according to a study published 10 September in BMC Genomics.
Stem cells reprogrammed to become neurons can provide a picture of gene expression in neurons that is traditionally available only from brain tissue.
Researchers have engineered four new mouse lines that each show activation of a different subset of neurons in response to a blue light.
Researchers have created detailed three-dimensional reconstructions of the numerous complex branches of dendrites, the signal-receiving ends of neurons.
Researchers have optimized an early social screening questionnaire to distinguish autism from other developmental disabilities in preschool-aged children.
Researchers have developed standard genetic reference samples that clinicians can use to diagnose Angelman and Prader-Willi syndromes, two disorders associated with the same chromosomal region.
Even small head movements inside a brain scanner can affect results, according to a report published 23 July in Neuroimage.
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