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December 2015
Branching maps: By tracing the physical outlines of neurons and measuring how they connect, researchers have built a detailed atlas of brain connectivity in mice.
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New atlas displays meticulous maps of brain connectivity

by  /  23 December 2015

Researchers have documented the shape and electrical activity of more than 2,000 neurons in the mouse brain, and charted the connections between them.

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Bright idea: Beams of light can temporarily shut down specific receptors for chemical messages in the brains of mice. ©iStock.com / ktsimage
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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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Intricate inspection: A new method detects slight differences between copies of the same region of DNA.© iStock / BlackJack3D
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Method marks variants among repeated DNA segments

by  /  9 December 2015

A new tool trawls sequencing data to reveal single-letter DNA swaps within large duplications.

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Gender balance: More than one-quarter of children in the Autism Inpatient Collection are girls. 
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New database holds clues to severe end of autism spectrum

by  /  2 December 2015

A new collection stores genetic and behavioral information about children with autism in inpatient psychiatric units.

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November 2015
Fast fluorescence:  A neuron in the brain of an awake mouse emits a glow as it fires.
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Sensitive, superfast sensor detects brain activity in real time

by  /  25 November 2015

A new tool marries an unusually bright fluorescent protein to a light-sensitive pigment to illuminate individual neurons as they fire.

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Branching out:  A retinal neuron (blue) connects with many neighboring neurons, with proteins at these connections glowing magenta and green.
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Microscopy technique homes in on links between neurons

by  /  18 November 2015

A powerful form of light microscopy that maps neuronal connections could help researchers better understand communication among the cells.

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Motion hub:  Neurons expressing luminopsins glow green inside the rat basal ganglia, a brain region that controls motion
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Glowing proteins may replace probes for controlling neurons

by  /  11 November 2015

A new method uses luminescent proteins to switch neurons on or off in the brains of freely moving rats.

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Documenting differences: Two big genome projects pinpoint pockets of genetic heterogeneity in the general population and in people with specific disorders. ©iStock.com/kycstudio
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Long-awaited databases reveal breadth of genetic variation

by  /  4 November 2015

Two massive efforts to sequence the DNA of more than 11,000 people together provide the most detailed picture yet of genetic variation in the general population.

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October 2015
Glimpsing glutamate: Four people with drug-resistant epilepsy have elevated levels of glutamate (red) in the right (top) or left (bottom) hippocampus.
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Imaging technique reveals elusive epileptic lesions

by  /  28 October 2015

A method that maps signaling molecules in the brain may help researchers home in on areas where seizures originate.

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Irritated fish: Neuronal activity in fish exposed to unpleasant stimuli increases in some brain regions (green) while decreasing in others (purple).
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New method highlights activity in zebrafish brains

by  /  14 October 2015

A new technique gives researchers a window into the constellation of neurons that fire as zebrafish larvae swim in a dish.

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