Finding the brain’s compass

A powerful method has allowed McGovern researchers to discover how the brain represents the complex world in simple shapes.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research | Aug. 12, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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How brain cells pick which connections to keep

Novel study shows protein CPG15 acts as a molecular proxy of experience to mark synapses for stabilization.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory | Aug. 6, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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Speeding up drug discovery for brain diseases

Whitehead Institute team finds drugs that activate a key brain gene; initial tests in cells and mice show promise for rare, untreatable neurodevelopmental disorder.

Nicole Davis | July 31, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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Neuroscientists identify brain region linked to altered social interactions in autism model

In a mouse model, restoring activity of a specific forebrain region reverses social traits associated with autism.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research | July 26, 2019 | mit
~4 mins   

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How expectation influences perception

Neuroscientists find brain activity patterns that encode our beliefs and affect how we interpret the world around us.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | July 15, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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New CRISPR platform expands RNA editing capabilities

The new system, dubbed RESCUE, allows RNA edits to be made that were not previously possible.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research | July 11, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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A chemical approach to imaging cells from the inside

Researchers develop a new microscopy system for creating maps of cells, using chemical reactions to encode spatial information.

Karen Zusi | Broad Institute | June 20, 2019 | mit
~4 mins   

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