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February 2014
Opinion / Viewpoint

Multimodal mouse model for autism

by  /  11 February 2014

A new paper accomplishes a rare feat, linking human genetics with physiology, behavior and a therapeutic in a compelling mouse model of autism, says Alan Packer.


Molecular mechanisms: Neuronal branches help hone signals

by  /  7 February 2014

Electrical signals generated by dendrites, the branches of neurons that receive information from neighboring cells, may help neurons tune their responses to stimuli, according to a study published 7 November in Nature.

December 2013
Opinion / Viewpoint

Understanding contradictory connectivity reports in autism

by ,  /  10 December 2013

Studies at the level of neural circuits are needed to better understand the importance of both increased and decreased connectivity between different regions in the autism brain, say John Rubenstein and Vikaas Sohal.

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November 2013

Atlas maps flow of neurons in the mouse brain

by  /  13 November 2013

The Allen Institute for Brain Science is mapping the complex projections of neurons throughout the mouse brain. They presented results from the first 1,400 brains on Tuesday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

September 2013

Normalizing protein level preempts Angelman symptoms

by  /  9 September 2013

Depleting excess levels of a molecule involved in neuronal signaling prevents the cognitive and motor symptoms of Angelman syndrome in a mouse model of the disorder, according to a report published 15 August in Cell Reports.

August 2013

Molecular mechanisms: Autism gene establishes brain links

by  /  27 August 2013

The autism-linked protein MET is expressed at the junctions between neurons during early brain development in mice, suggesting that it helps establish the connections, according to a study published 21 June in The Journal of Comparative Neurology.

Opinion / Viewpoint

Brain’s immune cells show intriguing links to autism

by  /  13 August 2013

Emerging evidence indicates that microglia, the brain’s immune cells, are altered in some individuals with autism, raising questions about their role in brain development, says Beth Stevens.

June 2013

New imaging techniques probe brain’s long-range connections

by  /  10 June 2013

New techniques to scan the brain can produce exquisitely detailed views of white matter, which contains the long cellular fibers that connect neurons. Many of the advances are emerging from the Human Connectome Project, a five-year push to map the brain’s wiring.

May 2013
Opinion / Viewpoint

Networking tips

by  /  28 May 2013

It is possible to discover relationships between autism genes simply by reanalyzing existing datasets, says Alan Packer.

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January 2013
News / Toolbox

Fluorescent fish help track mitochondrial motion

by  /  16 January 2013

Fish engineered to express fluorescent proteins allow researchers to follow the paths of migrating mitochondria, the cell’s energy producers, according to a study published 14 November in The Journal of Neuroscience.