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Robotic Patch Clamping Gains Eyes
Diana Kwon | Aug 30, 2017
Two groups of scientists combined automation with two-photon microscopy to target and record specific neurons in living animals.
Neurons That Recognize Tone Identified
Shawna Williams | Aug 28, 2017
The cells are crucial to detecting emphasis, sarcasm, and uptalk in human conversation.
Image of the Day: Everybody Needs a Friend
Staff | Aug 10, 2017
The protein encoded by the gene that causes Fragile X in humans partners with another protein, dNab2, to alter gene expression in fruit fly neurons.
Stem Cells in the Hypothalamus Slow Aging in Mice
Ashley P. Taylor | Jul 26, 2017
Once implanted into animals’ brains, neural stem cells that secrete microRNA-containing vesicles seem to contribute to an anti-aging effect.
Electrical Stimulation Steers Neural Stem Cells
Ashley Yeager | Jul 3, 2017
Current can guide implanted cells away from rats’ noses toward a region deep in their brains.
Primates Use Simple Code to Recognize Faces
Abby Olena | Jun 1, 2017
Researchers could reconstruct the faces a monkey saw from the patterns of neuronal activity in a certain area of the brain.
Long-Term Memory Storage Begins Immediately
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2017
In mice, cells in the prefrontal cortex—where memories are maintained long-term—start to encode a fearful experience right from the start.
Entire Fruit Fly Brain Imaged with Electron Microscopy
Ashley Yeager | May 31, 2017
Synaptic connections and a new neuron type emerge in high-res images, which hold promise for mapping the complete connectome.
Scientists Stretch Neurons to Image Fine Structures
Kerry Grens | Apr 18, 2017
A double-expansion technique embeds brain tissue in the absorbent material of diapers to stretch out cells for easier visualization.
Reprogrammed Glia Improve Symptoms in a Mouse Model of Parkinson’s
Diana Kwon | Apr 10, 2017
By converting glial cells into dopaminergic neurons, scientists were able to partially rescue motor behavior in mice.