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December 2019
variants across the genome are shown in a wheel shaped visualization

New database catalogs variants in autism genes

by  /  13 December 2019

A new database cross-checks study participants to avoid double-counting variants linked to autism genes.

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Human reference genome gains global diversity

by  /  6 December 2019

A new reference genome includes sequences collected from people around the globe, plugging major gaps in the current one.

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November 2019

Study links large set of common genes to brain structure

by  /  29 November 2019

A new analysis of nearly 40,000 people pinpoints 48 genetic variants that may determine the volume of certain brain areas.

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High-frequency sound waves locate cells in deep tissues

by  /  22 November 2019

A new technique uses ultrasound instead of light to detect gene expression in cells.

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Micrograph of mouse brain showing transplanted human microglia

Chimeric mouse model aids study of brain’s immune cells

by  /  15 November 2019

A new technique allows researchers to transplant human microglia into mouse brains and better study the association between these cells and autism.

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Chromosomes swapping DNA

CRISPR technique tracks genetic activity in real time

by  /  8 November 2019

A new method scans gene expression in live cells and could help scientists study autism genes.

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Neurons in zebrafish spinal motor circuit

New technique follows single neurons from birth to brain circuit

by  /  1 November 2019

A new technique lets researchers watch brain circuits as they’re being built, starting from the individual neurons birth.

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October 2019
Neurons inside mouse brain are highlighted in a 3D view

New database tracks more than a thousand mouse neurons

by  /  25 October 2019

A new resource that traces individual neurons in the mouse brain may reveal how distant brain regions communicate.

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DNA technique documents key events in cell history

by  /  18 October 2019

A new method uses mutations in DNA to maintain a detailed record of series of cellular events.

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Songbirds speak volumes about language learning, autism

by  /  11 October 2019

A new study supports the view that songbirds offer a good model to study speech learning in autistic children.

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