Monthly Archives: April 2017


High-resolution imaging with conventional microscopes

Tissue-expansion technique could allow scientists to map brain circuits. Source: [Anne Trafton | MIT News Office, April 17, 2017] MIT researchers have developed a way to make extremely high-resolution images of tissue samples, at a fraction of the cost of other techniques that offer similar resolution. The new technique relies […]

By expanding brain tissue twice, researchers were able to obtain high-resolution images of neurons in the hippocampus.

Image courtesy of the researchers

Refining risk: Rare mutations that turn up in the general population are unlikely to contribute to autism.

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Analysis winnows list of mutations tied to autism

Source: [Spectrum, Bahar Gholipour |¬†April 6, 2017] As many as one in three rare mutations seen in people with autism have nothing to do with the condition, a new study suggests1. Researchers looked at more than 10,000 spontaneous, or de novo, mutations identified in people with autism, intellectual disability or […]