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Tag: ion channels

June 2017
News / Toolbox

Mini-brains bare tortuous trek of cells in Timothy syndrome

by  /  23 June 2017

A new technique for building a ‘brain in a dish’ reveals how neurons move to their proper places during fetal development.

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April 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

Mighty element plays major part in autism

by ,  /  18 April 2017

Probing the function of a protein in a calcium signaling pathway may lead to a diagnostic test for autism and a path toward treatments.

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March 2017
News

In trials, repurposed drug shows promise for autism

by  /  27 March 2017

A drug used to treat excessive swelling seems to ease autism features in some children on the spectrum.

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February 2017
News

Distinct mutations in sodium channel trigger autism, epilepsy

by  /  8 February 2017

Some mutations in a gene called SCN2A make neurons less excitable and are linked to autism; others have the opposite effect and may cause seizures during infancy.

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November 2016
News

Sodium channel gene takes diverging paths in autism, epilepsy

by  /  16 November 2016

Mutations in a gene called SCN2A have opposite effects in autism and in epilepsy.

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July 2016
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2016
News / Spotted

Brexit break-ups; little impact; micro medicine

by  /  15 July 2016

Scientists are excluding U.K. colleagues from studies; a life sciences publisher abandons the ‘impact factor;’ and a new open-access journal makes its debut.

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April 2016
News

Mouse study links gene to some autism symptoms

by  /  22 April 2016

Mice missing a gene called PTCHD1 in a deep-seated brain structure have autism-like symptoms that ease with treatment.

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February 2016
News / Toolbox

Multipurpose tool paints three-layer portraits of neurons

by  /  3 February 2016

A new tool allows researchers to simultaneously study the physical, genetic and electrical properties of individual neurons.

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November 2015
News / Toolbox

Sensitive, superfast sensor detects brain activity in real time

by  /  25 November 2015

A new tool marries an unusually bright fluorescent protein to a light-sensitive pigment to illuminate individual neurons as they fire.

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September 2015
Features / Deep Dive

Magnetic promise: Can brain stimulation treat autism?

by  /  23 September 2015

There are hints that transcranial magnetic stimulation, which uses electricity to change how brain cells function, might improve the symptoms of autism. But hopes are running way ahead of the facts.

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