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Tag: microglia

October 2016

Chemical cocktail creates microglia on demand

by  /  14 October 2016

A new method transforms lab-made stem cells into microglia, the brain’s immune cells.

September 2016

Brain’s immune cells may only play bit part in Rett syndrome

by  /  21 September 2016

Contrary to some previous reports, microglia may not play a central role in initiating Rett syndrome.

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August 2016

Questions for McCarroll, Stevens: How immune cells sculpt brains

by  /  2 August 2016

Genetic variants that impair a pathway that prunes neuronal connections may offer clues to autism.

June 2016

Analyses of gene activity may yield clues to roots of autism

by ,  /  28 June 2016

Network analyses of gene expression patterns may point to key molecular pathways that autism alters and suggest new ways of treating the condition.

May 2016

Gene expression patterns may underlie autism’s gender bias

by  /  5 May 2016

Genes that are expressed at higher levels in men’s brains than in women’s also tend to be enriched in the brains of people with autism.

April 2016

Pesticide effect on cells may resemble signs of autism

by  /  4 April 2016

A class of fungicides used on crops can produce changes in mouse brain cells that look similar to those seen in people with autism.

February 2016

The brain’s secret gardeners

by  /  3 February 2016

Once thought merely to be specialized immune system cells, microglia now appear to be master landscapers of the developing brain.

December 2015

Staff picks from 2015

22 December 2015

Some of our favorite stories this year went beyond the news to lay bare critical controversies or highlight real-world implications of research.

October 2015

Blue light used for optogenetics may have off-target effects

by  /  18 October 2015

Tiny pulses of blue light dampen the expression of inflammatory genes in microglia, and may cause unplanned effects when using optogenetics.


Study grants starring role to astrocytes in Rett syndrome

by  /  17 October 2015

A new study casts brain cells called astrocytes as minor stars in Rett syndrome, a disorder that almost exclusively affects girls.