Emerging tools and techniques that may advance autism research.

Seeing eye to eye: A camera embedded in a pair of eyeglasses could allow researchers to track a child’s gaze outside of a lab or clinic.

Wearable camera captures eye contact in children with autism

by  /  24 February 2017

A camera embedded in a pair of eyeglasses can reliably gauge a child’s tendency to look another person in the eye.

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February 2017
Shine on: A mouse sports an implanted wireless device that stimulates neurons with light when it is switched on (red light).
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With bright tricks, light leaves brain forever changed

by  /  17 February 2017

Using flashes of light, scientists can spark seizures, tweak cell junctions and motivate mice from afar.

Risk ranking: A gene that gets a high score (depicted here relative to a dotted line) from a new algorithm is strongly linked to autism.
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Method reads brain cell signatures to reveal risky mutations

by  /  10 February 2017

A new approach ranks genes’ ties to autism based on their expression patterns in different types of brain cells.

Clear view: Neurons in the outermost layer of a mouse brain are visible through a large glass window in the animal’s skull.
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‘Crystal skull’ provides panoramic view of mouse brain

by  /  3 February 2017

A curved glass replacement for the top of a mouse's skull lets researchers spy on the activity of more than 1 million neurons.

January 2017
Copper control: A coil of copper wire (blue area, right) gives researchers more control over the neurons they activate (red) than does a conventional electrode (blue triangle, left).
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New stimulator can target small set of mouse neurons

by  /  27 January 2017

A newly developed magnetic coil gives researchers a stable, precise way of probing the function of neural circuits.

Green galaxy: Star-shaped cells called astrocytes glow in the brains of a new strain of mice.
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Mice may illuminate workings of star-shaped brain cells

by  /  20 January 2017

Two new strains of mice allow researchers to monitor and manipulate brain cells called astrocytes.

Matrix method: A molecular map shows the connections between an autism-linked protein (red) and its partners. InBio Platform ™
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Online atlas reveals huge array of protein connections

by  /  13 January 2017

A new web-based tool charts the myriad contacts among human proteins.

Tissue tiers:  Intestinal organoids have layered folds (left) like those in the human gut, and working neurons (right, green).
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Neurons talk to muscle cells in tiny test-tube intestine

by  /  6 January 2017

A new method allows researchers to transform stem cells into miniature intestines with a working nervous system.

December 2016
Inside look: A custom laser supplies wide-angle shots of neurons in mice.
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Pulsing laser lights up networks of neurons in moving mice

by  /  23 December 2016

A new method allows researchers to watch thousands of neurons firing in concert in the brains of living mice.

Easy listening:  A flexible device (below) hugs the brain's curved surface and detects neuronal activity (left).
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Supple sensor picks up neuron chatter in human brain

by  /  16 December 2016

A flexible electrode array can eavesdrop on neurons in people without damaging brain tissue.

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Device displays mouse brain activity in three dimensions

by  /  9 December 2016

A modified version of an existing imaging technique creates crisp images of neurons communicating in living mice.


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