Tag: neural circuits

May 2016
Features / Deep Dive

The gene hunters

by  /  18 May 2016

Criss-crossing the globe on a quest for unusual DNA, researchers have discovered a rare mutation that promises insights into both epilepsy and autism — and points to a treatment.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Targeting brain’s star-shaped cells may yield autism drugs

by ,  /  3 May 2016

Astrocytes modulate most — if not all — aspects of neuronal development. We need new techniques to study these star-shaped brain cells and their potential role in autism and other conditions.

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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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March 2016
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Richard Tsien: Taking apart autism’s machinery

by  /  22 March 2016

Autism may stem from faulty feedback loops in the brain, like an air conditioning system gone awry.

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News / Toolbox

New tool offers way to ‘light up’ cells in monkey brain

by  /  16 March 2016

A new technique can stimulate and record activity across broad swaths of the monkey brain.

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News / Toolbox

Imaging tool creates hologram of brain circuits

by  /  2 March 2016

A new tool paints real-time pictures of brain circuits that could reveal altered neuronal activity in mouse models of autism.

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February 2016
News / Toolbox

Precise program traces firing patterns in neural networks

by  /  17 February 2016

By tracking calcium’s movement, a new algorithm simultaneously delineates individual neurons’ shapes as well as their firing patterns.

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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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December 2015
News / Toolbox

Molecular switch lets light shut off subsets of brain signals

by  /  16 December 2015

A tool kit of light-sensitive proteins allows researchers to mute communication between specific sets of neurons in mice.

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News

Funding agency seeks to dismantle diagnostic barriers

by  /  7 December 2015

Despite the exit of its leader, the National Institute of Mental Health is moving forward with plans for a new system to classify mental illness.

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