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Society for Neuroscience 2018

SFN 2018
A single ecstasy pill on a blue background.

Distinct brain pathway underlies ecstasy’s social effects

by  /  11 December 2019
The drug popularly known as ecstasy may boost sociability through brain circuits distinct from that underlying its 'high.'
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Brain organoids show realistic neuronal firing rhythms

by  /  29 August 2019
Brain organoids made from typical human stem cells begin to show synchronized neuronal firing patterns after growing in a dish for at least four months.
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Invisible man? Move over for invisible mouse

by  /  11 January 2019
A combination of chemical cocktails has created mice that are — yes — virtually invisible. And new imaging technology reveals the mice's underlying nerves and lymphatic system in unprecedented detail.
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Two white mice, one on a wheel, sniff noses.
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Infection during childhood may aggravate autism risk from mutation

by  /  7 November 2018

Triggering an immune defense in newborn male mice missing a copy of TSC2, a gene linked to autism, impairs the mice’s social memory.

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Motor, sensory traits refine autism definition in research framework

by  /  7 November 2018

Adding motor and sensory data boosts the accuracy of Research Domain Criteria — a broad research framework adopted by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health — for predicting autism.

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Some autism genes may be especially vulnerable to mutations

by  /  7 November 2018

A small number of autism genes are located in fragile regions of the genome — those prone to breaking when cells copy DNA.

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Stem cells could deliver gene therapy for Angelman syndrome

by  /  7 November 2018

Modified stem cells show promise for delivering gene-based therapies to individuals with Angelman syndrome.

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Study links changes in blood flow to autism

by  /  7 November 2018

Mice with an autism-linked deletion in chromosome 16 show abnormalities in their blood vessels and circulation.

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Infant in fnirs cap, wrapped in blankets.
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Study tracks social brain development in African infants

by  /  7 November 2018

An inexpensive, noninvasive method can track social brain development in infants in low-resource countries.

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Artistic interpretation of a neuron in the hippocampus.
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Subset of neurons may underlie brain’s response to experience

by  /  7 November 2018

Experiences may shape the human brain by altering neurons that boost brain activity.

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Light brown rat stand on hind legs, sniffing and listening
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Vagus-nerve stimulation may ease hearing problems in Rett rats

by  /  7 November 2018

Stimulating the vagus nerve may normalize the brain response to sound in a rat model of Rett syndrome. It may also improve rats’ behavioral response to certain speech sounds.

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Baby with EEG cap looks at camera.
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Brain waves of autistic children show delay in language learning

by  /  6 November 2018

Babies eventually diagnosed with autism learn to detect speech sounds later than their typical peers do.

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Clusters of human cells take root in rat brains

by  /  6 November 2018

Balls of human neurons transplanted into a rat brain receive blood supply and connect with neural circuits.

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