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Tag: optogenetics

June 2017

Light-based method choreographs activity of brain circuits

by  /  16 June 2017

A new technique lets scientists monitor and manipulate groups of neurons that communicate with a specific chemical messenger.

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Week of JuneJun
5th
2017

Injury risk; stem-cell start; food faces

by  /  9 June 2017

People with autism are at high risk of death from injury, China starts a clinical trial involving human embryonic stem cells, and individuals with autism have trouble seeing faces in food.

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March 2017
Week of FebruaryFeb
27th
2017

Behavior boost; double data; common interests

by ,  /  3 March 2017

Neuroscientists should not forget that brains have owners, a new genetic database makes its debut, and the intense interests of people with autism offer opportunities.

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February 2017

With bright tricks, light leaves brain forever changed

by  /  17 February 2017

Using flashes of light, scientists can spark seizures, tweak cell junctions and motivate mice from afar.

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November 2016
Mice in a house in a lab environment

Questions for Timothy Murphy: Mice take selfies of their brains

by  /  8 November 2016

By coaching mice to position themselves under a microscope, researchers can regularly peer into their brains without disrupting the rodents’ social life.

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Light activates reward circuits in monkey brains

by  /  4 November 2016

A new method uses flashes of light to stimulate specific sets of neurons in monkey brains.

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September 2016

Questions for Rafael Yuste: How to rewire neurons with light

by  /  27 September 2016

Repeatedly activating a group of neurons causes them to fire as a unit on their own. Once the ensemble has formed, stimulating a single neuron triggers activity in the rest of the group.

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July 2016

Autism gene wires social reward circuits in mouse brains

by  /  14 July 2016

Mice with mutations in SHANK3, a leading autism candidate, may lack the neural wiring that would compel them to seek social contact.

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June 2016

‘Magneto’ manipulates behavior of freely moving mice

by  /  22 June 2016

A magnetically sensitive protein allows researchers to switch on neurons in freely moving mice and zebrafish.

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April 2016

Flexible tool watches brain talk as mice walk

by  /  27 April 2016

A new brain imaging system lets researchers eavesdrop on mouse neurons as the animals move around and interact with each other.

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