Tag: postmortem brains

November 2017
News

Map of microglia in mouse brain may reveal role in autism

by  /  15 November 2017

Researchers have mapped how immune cells in the brain called microglia change with age in mice.

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News

Rett syndrome mutation’s effects vary by cell type

by  /  14 November 2017

Mutations in the Rett syndrome gene MECP2 have different effects on subtypes of neurons.

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News

Distinct set of genes controls brain activity in people with autism

by  /  12 November 2017

A different set of genes regulates brain activity in people with autism than the set involved in controls.

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Features / Deep Dive

Banking on brains for clues to autism

by  /  1 November 2017

New initiatives aim to increase brain donations for autism research and maximize what scientists can learn from these precious specimens.

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October 2017
Week of OctoberOct
23rd
2017
News / Spotted

Wi-Fi flap; obsessive-compulsive link; brain catalog and more

by  /  27 October 2017

Two researchers balk at talk that Wi-Fi and autism are linked, changes in an autism risk gene are tied to obsessive-compulsive traits in three species, and scientists plan to conduct a census of all of the brain’s cell types.

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News / Toolbox

Databases describe DNA ‘dials’ that control gene expression

by  /  20 October 2017

Two new resources catalog how genetic variants affect gene expression in the brain.

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Week of OctoberOct
2nd
2017
News / Spotted

Cannabis candidate; omega add-on; oxytocin control and more

by  /  6 October 2017

A cannabis gel may ease features of fragile X syndrome, omega fatty acids show promise for autism in two trials, and oxytocin reinforces social behaviors through the brain’s reward pathway.

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News / Toolbox

Droplet technique probes gene expression in brain tissue

by  /  6 October 2017

A new method offers an efficient way to examine gene expression in individual cells from postmortem brains.

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September 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

Protein factories at neuronal junctions take center stage in autism

by ,  /  12 September 2017

Some genes linked to autism regulate the production of proteins at neuronal junctions, suggesting that disrupted protein synthesis contributes to the condition.

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News / Profiles

Eric Courchesne: Reaching for the rings in autism research

by  /  4 September 2017

Eric Courchesne is known for his findings on brain size in autism. But the roots of his long career trace back to his own childhood disability.

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