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December 2014

Diffusion imaging of human connectome doesn’t hold water

by  /  23 December 2014

The colorful brain maps created with diffusion imaging — a technique that uses the flow of water as a proxy for nerve tracts — are unlikely to represent the brain’s anatomy with accuracy, says a new study.


Brains of people with autism show altered growth with age

by  /  11 December 2014

Several brain regions in people with autism become enlarged earlier than usual during childhood and shrink too soon during adulthood, finds an eight-year imaging study.


Two-armed microscope glimpses multiple brain areas

by  /  10 December 2014

A customized microscope with moveable arms lets researchers simultaneously watch neurons fire in two areas of a mouse brain.


Recipe allows access to structures deep within large tissues

by  /  3 December 2014

A new method called iDISCO makes tissue more transparent and permeable to antibodies, allowing researchers a deeper view into the brain and other organs.

November 2014

Mystery gene uncovered in autism studies may steer neurons

by  /  26 November 2014

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Imaging lights up dynamics of neurons’ connections in mice

by  /  19 November 2014

Researchers have developed a way to capture dynamic changes in the part of the neuron that sends out signals, they reported yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

October 2014

Tracking neurons’ long projections to unravel autism

by ,  /  21 October 2014

Many brain imaging studies of autism focus on neurons’ connections or activity, but examining neuronal tracts across the brain is equally informative, say Julia Owen and Pratik Mukherjee. 

September 2014

Method reveals thin insulation on neurons in autism brains

by  /  24 September 2014

A method for measuring myelin, the protective sheath around neurons, indicates that there is less of it in the brains of people with autism than in those of controls.


Combo of collagen, silk scaffold nurtures brain-like tissue

by  /  17 September 2014

Bioengineers have built a donut-shaped scaffold that supports the growth of brain-like tissue, they reported 11 August.

August 2014

Deep-brain neurons’ glow reveals elements of social circuits

by  /  13 August 2014

Light-transmitting cables implanted deep in mouse brains reveal connections between brain regions that control social interactions, according to a study published 19 June in Cell.