When manipulated in two lines of transgenic mice, neuroligin 1, a gene linked to ASD, produced mature adults with irreversible defects which affected either learning or social interaction. The findings could have implications for potential gene therapies for autism.
Researchers discover Pleurobranchaea californica, a predatory sea slug which normally isn't a picky eater, has more cognitive abilities than previously believed; allowing them to lean the warning cues of dangerous pray and avoiding them in the future.
Researchers discover hippocampal neurogenesis occurs daily in adult humans.
Researchers have uncovered a mechanism which guides the wiring of neural circuits in a developing brain.
Researchers report the discovery of a crucial part of the biological clock: the wiring that sets its accuracy to within a few minutes out of the 1440 minutes per day. The wiring uses GABA to connect the individual cells of the biological clock in a fast network which changes strength with the time of day.
Manipulating the genes of the Drosophila fruit fly to promote the growth of one part of a neuron simultaneously stunts the growth of the other part, new research suggests.
A new study funded by the NIMH suggests GLYX-13, a molecular cousin to ketamine, induces similar antidepressant results without the negative side effects of the well known street drug.
In one of the first successful attempts at genetically engineering mosquitoes, HHMI researchers have altered the way the insects respond to odors, including the smell of humans and the insect repellant DEET.
Researchers discover a new phase of synaptic development. The finding could lead to a better understanding of how learning and memory occur.
A robot developed by Cornell scientists has learned to foresee human actions in order to offer a helping hand; even open a beer.
Researchers discover presenilin, a protein associated with Alzheimer's disease, controls the speed at which materials move through brain cells. Defects in presenilin could lead to neuronal blockages with amyloid plaques, commonly associated with this neurodegenerative disorder.
Using induced pluripotent stem cells which were grown into brain cells, researchers were provided with a way to look at early brain development in Down syndrome.