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February 2017
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Photo by Anna Mirgos
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Cozy cage offers natural setting for mice to socialize

by  /  6 December 2016

New cages for mice mimic the animals’ natural burrows, providing a realistic environment for studies of social behavior.

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November 2016
Cells selected:  In this cross-section of a mouse brain, nerve fibers infected with a virus glow green.
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By hacking cells’ DNA, virus traces brain activity patterns

by  /  25 November 2016

A mutant virus that infiltrates neurons and delivers genes to the nucleus can illuminate brain connections.

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