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image: Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics

Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics

By Ruth Williams | March 1, 2018

A new protein may allow researchers to home in on individual neurons, determining their activity minute by minute.

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image: Implanted Magnetic Probes Measure Brain Activity

Implanted Magnetic Probes Measure Brain Activity

By Ruth Williams | November 1, 2017

Micrometer-size magnetrodes detect activity-generated magnetic fields within living brains.

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image: Neural Connectome Method Uses mRNA Barcodes

Neural Connectome Method Uses mRNA Barcodes

By Ruth Williams | November 1, 2016

Researchers swap microscopy for RNA sequencing to track neural paths in the mouse brain.  

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image: Practical Proteomes

Practical Proteomes

By Ruth Williams | January 1, 2016

Cell type–specific proteomic analyses are now possible from paraffin-embedded tissues.

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image: Holding Neurons Steady

Holding Neurons Steady

By Amanda B. Keener | October 1, 2015

Scientists engineer a feedback loop to fine-tune neuron activity with optogenetics.

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image: Tricky Transfections

Tricky Transfections

By Ruth Williams | March 1, 2015

A combination of microinjection and electroporation inserts genes into hard-to-reach cells.

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image: Light-Operated Drugs

Light-Operated Drugs

By Ruth Williams | November 1, 2014

Scientists create a photosensitive pharmaceutical to target a glutamate receptor.

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image: Laser-Guided Chastity

Laser-Guided Chastity

By Ruth Williams | July 1, 2014

Scientists devise a precision-targeted system for training, tracking, and tweaking fruit fly social behavior.

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image: Fuel Gauge

Fuel Gauge

By Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2014

An optical reporter quantitatively measures the ATP demands of presynaptic neurons.

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image: Flickering Neurons

Flickering Neurons

By Ruth Williams | February 1, 2013

Fluorescent calcium sensors in transgenic mice give a real-time readout of neuronal activity.

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