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August 2017
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Innovative tool allows for virtual experiments on mouse brain

by  /  4 August 2017

New software transforms mouse brain scans into a virtual brain that scientists can manipulate.

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July 2017
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New method rates strength of ties between genes, conditions

by  /  28 July 2017

A new method can help researchers and clinicians gauge the likelihood that a gene is associated with a particular condition.

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Like children, marmosets learn to ‘talk’ by listening

by  /  21 July 2017

Baby marmosets learn to vocalize by mimicking their parents, which helps to establish their utility for studying autism.

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Standard scale identifies anxiety in children with autism

by  /  14 July 2017

A widely used questionnaire designed to measure anxiety flags the condition in children with autism.

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Scale tests mental flexibility in children with autism

by  /  7 July 2017

A new assessment offers a broad measure of ‘flexible thinking’ in children and teenagers with autism.

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June 2017
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Tube test tracks social behavior in mice

by  /  30 June 2017

Measuring how long a mouse cozies up with a cagemate in a tiny tube can help to detect social impairments in mice.

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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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Light-based method choreographs activity of brain circuits

by  /  16 June 2017

A new technique lets scientists monitor and manipulate groups of neurons that communicate with a specific chemical messenger.

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CRISPR hack unearths gems buried in ‘dark genome’

by  /  9 June 2017

Tweaks to the CRISPR gene-editing system allow researchers to spot stretches of DNA that regulate gene expression.

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Wriggling worms yield clues to correcting autism mutations

by  /  2 June 2017

Monitoring the movements of worms can point to potential treatments for autism.

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