Study offers an explanation for why the APOE4 gene enhances Alzheimer’s risk

The gene variant disrupts lipid metabolism, but in cell experiments the effects were reversed by choline supplements.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 3, 2021 ~7 min

Basic cell health systems wear down in Huntington’s disease, analysis shows

A new computational approach for analyzing complex datasets shows that as disease progresses, neurons and astrocytes lose the ability to maintain homeostasis.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~6 min

How the brain helps us remember what we’ve seen

Research finds that as one looks around, mental images bounce between right and left brain as they shift around in our visual system.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Feb. 8, 2021 ~8 min

A high-resolution glimpse of gene expression in cells

Expanding tissue samples before sequencing allows researchers to pinpoint locations of RNA molecules.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 28, 2021 ~7 min

Neuroscientists identify brain circuit that encodes timing of events

Findings suggest this hippocampal circuit helps us to maintain our timeline of memories.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 11, 2021 ~6 min

To the brain, reading computer code is not the same as reading language

Neuroscientists find that interpreting code activates a general-purpose brain network, but not language-processing centers.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 15, 2020 ~7 min

Building machines that better understand human goals

A new algorithm capable of inferring goals and plans could help machines better adapt to the imperfect nature of human planning.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Dec. 14, 2020 ~8 min

“SCOUT” helps researchers find, quantify significant differences among organoids

Unbiased, high-throughput analysis pipeline improves utility of “minibrains” for understanding development and diseases such as Zika infection.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Dec. 14, 2020 ~9 min

One more clue to brain changes in Huntington’s disease

Opioid receptor MOR1 changes discovered in neurodegenerative disease model.

Jill Crittenden | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
Dec. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Neuroscientists find a way to make object-recognition models perform better

Adding a module that mimics part of the brain can prevent common errors made by computer vision models.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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