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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: neural circuits

November 2019
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.

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.

Group of images of neurons glow green

New technique records neuronal teamwork in live mice

by  /  23 October 2019

A new imaging technique detects specific groups of firing neurons in the brains of moving mice, enabling scientists to study brain activity linked to a particular behavior.

Neurons in a fish glow green.

Erasable sensor of brain activity could reveal roots of social behavior

by  /  23 October 2019

Researchers unveiled a reversible new technique for labeling active neurons in freely moving animals.

Smart phone with augmented reality app

Augmented-reality app brings research images to life

by  /  22 October 2019

A new mobile app enhances scientific images by displaying augmented-reality renderings of the complete data over printed figures.

linked hands in a pattern intertwined with DNA showing some broken parts, symbolizing mutations

Rett syndrome’s link to autism, explained

by  /  21 October 2019

Studies of Rett syndrome hint at genes, cells and brain circuits that may be involved in autism — and may pave the way to treatments for both conditions.

Rodent drinks water in machine-learning experiment

Algorithms may predict mouse behavior from brain activity

by  /  21 October 2019

Researchers have created a suite of digital tools that break complex mouse behaviors into discrete parts and link them to the animals’ brain activity.

Cerebellum brain cells, light micrograph.

U.S. initiative grapples with ethical questions on brain research

by  /  19 October 2019

Khara Ramos explains how the Brain Initiative incorporates the emerging field of ‘neuroethics’ into the research it funds.


Wireless device showers mouse brains with drugs, light

by  /  4 October 2019

A novel implant that delivers complex combinations of drugs and light to mouse brains may uncover the pathways that underlie repetitive behaviors in autistic people.

September 2019
row of babies playing with toys that look like genome sequence

Studies of tuberous sclerosis may shed light on biology of autism

by  /  24 September 2019

Tuberous sclerosis provides a unique opportunity to understand autism because about half of people with that single-gene condition also have autism.