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The brain is not as cramped as we thought

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Graphic: A big purple cube next to a small brown one [12/08/2015] To study the fine structure of the brain, scientists must use electron microscopes. However, the tissue must first be fixed to prepare it for this high magnification imaging method. This process causes the brain to shrink; as a result, microscope images can be distorted. Scientists have now solved the problem by using a technique that rapidly freezes the brain, preserving its true structure. The brain is not as cramped as we thought - Read more

A single genetic mutation causes autism

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Photo: Little boy is drawing a butterfly [10/08/2015] Last December, researchers identified more than 1,000 gene mutations in individuals with autism, but how these mutations increased risk for autism was unclear. Now, University of North Carolina Health Care (UNC) School of Medicine researchers are the first to show how one of these mutations disables a molecular switch in one of these genes and causes autism.A single genetic mutation causes autism - Read more

Neurological disease: 'Hidden epidemic' through modern living?

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Photo: Motorway in a city covered by smog [07/08/2015] Modern living could be responsible for an 'almost epidemic' increase in neurological brain disease, according to new research from Bournemouth University.Neurological disease: 'Hidden epidemic' through modern living? - Read more

Novel fly model of motor neuron degeneration

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Photo: Fluorescent image of a fly's leg [07/08/2015] Researchers at the Babraham Institute and University of Massachusetts Medical School in the United States have developed a new model to study motor neuron degeneration and have used this to identify three genes involved in the neurodegeneration process.Novel fly model of motor neuron degeneration - Read more

Surprising new view on the causes of cerebral palsy

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Photo: MRI images of children's brains [05/08/2015] In a new game-changing Canadian study, a research team from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has uncovered strong evidence for genetic causes of cerebral palsy that turns experts' understanding of the condition on its head.Surprising new view on the causes of cerebral palsy - Read more


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