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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: optogenetics

April 2016

Questions for Kay Tye: How loneliness drives social behavior

by  /  19 April 2016

A brain circuit that wires lone mice to seek out social contact may offer clues about autism.

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March 2016

New tool offers way to ‘light up’ cells in monkey brain

by  /  16 March 2016

A new technique can stimulate and record activity across broad swaths of the monkey brain.

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January 2016

Light beams from high-res microscope can trigger cell death

by  /  6 January 2016

Super-resolution microscopy can set off a series of biological processes that lead to cell death, compromising imaging experiments.

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December 2015

What’s the hardest part of an autism researcher’s job?

22 December 2015

Scientists dish about the biggest challenges they face as they tackle tough questions about autism.

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Molecular switch lets light shut off subsets of brain signals

by  /  16 December 2015

A tool kit of light-sensitive proteins allows researchers to mute communication between specific sets of neurons in mice.

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Week of DecemberDec
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2015

Outgrowing autism; scrutinizing cells; editing history

by  /  11 December 2015

Some children who ‘outgrow’ autism may not have had it to begin with; researchers are wasting time and money studying the wrong cells; and talk about CRISPR’s future stirs up the past.

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November 2015

Glowing proteins may replace probes for controlling neurons

by  /  11 November 2015

A new method uses luminescent proteins to switch neurons on or off in the brains of freely moving rats.

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October 2015

Homemade ‘Miniscope’ lights up firing neurons in mobile mice

by  /  18 October 2015

A miniature microscope made from cheap, ‘off-the-shelf’ parts can track firing neurons in the brains of freely moving mice.

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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.

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August 2015

Remote control for rodent behavior dispenses drugs

by  /  19 August 2015

A new device lets researchers wirelessly stimulate the brains of rodents as they explore their cages, and can deliver drugs at the same time. Its use could identify brain circuits that mediate autism-like behaviors.

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