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Gene Expression Overlaps Among Psychiatric Disorders
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 8, 2018
Transcriptional profiling of post-mortem human brains reveals commonalities in the genes over- and under-expressed in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and major depression.
DBS with Nanoparticle-Based Optogenetics Modifies Behavior in Mice
Diana Kwon | Feb 8, 2018
Researchers develop a new technique to selectively activate neurons deep in the rodent brain, taking a step toward noninvasive brain stimulation for neurological disorders.
Experimental Drug Relieves Blast-Related PTSD in a Rat Model of Traumatic Brain Injury
Viviane Callier | Feb 2, 2018
The compound, BCI-838, is already in human clinical trials as a possible treatment for depression.
Researchers Develop Potential Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease
Catherine Offord | Feb 2, 2018
The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.
Mapping Brain Proteins
Devika G. Bansal | Feb 1, 2018
Researchers are using souped-up mass spectrometry to localize proteins within brain cells.
Virtual Reality May Revolutionize Brain Science
Ashley Yeager | Feb 1, 2018
New technology could open doors for researchers studying animals’ most complex organ.
“Retired” Mice Find New Life as Top Models for Autism
Jessica Wright | Jan 29, 2018
After years of obscurity, strains of mice with mutations in particular genes are thrust to the fore of autism research.
Book Excerpt from
Swearing is Good for You
Emma Byrne | Jan 23, 2018
In chapter 1, “The Bad Language Brain: Neuroscience and Swearing,” author Emma Byrne sets the scene for her book by telling the story of the hapless and potty-mouthed Phineas Gage.
Learning Opens the Genome
Ruth Williams | Jan 17, 2018
Researchers map learning-induced chromatin alterations in mouse brain cells, and find that many affect autism-associated genes.
Neurons Use Virus-Like Proteins to Transmit Information
Diana Kwon | Jan 15, 2018
In mice and flies, the Arc protein forms capsids and carries genetic information.