Therapies that target the circuit could boost social activity, new findings suggest.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
By coupling the tool — called SLEAP — with optogenetics, researchers can determine the neural circuits underlying social behaviors.
A 3D optogenetics method can mimic natural rhythms of neural activity, rendering previously unanswerable questions amenable to inquiry — including questions about autism.
The new method, called sonogenetics, noninvasively manipulates neural circuits in mice.
A new technique can reveal where thousands of neurons send their axons — and measure the cells’ RNA levels for dozens of genes at the same time — in the mouse brain. It could be used to profile neural circuits underlying autism.
Thanks to a new engineered protein for optogenetics experiments, researchers can stimulate neurons with less light than usual and avoid damaging brain tissue.
Researchers say they can synchronize two new devices and control neurons across 256 freely moving animals at once to study social behaviors.
Next-generation machine-learning tools are poised to upend how scientists study behavior in animal models of autism — and not everyone is happy about it.