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Memory Gene Goes Viral

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A gene crucial for learning can send its genetic material from one neuron to another by employing a strategy commonly used by viruses.

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NIH BRAIN Initiative Builds on Early Advances

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NIH has announced funding for 110 new awards totaling $169 million for the BRAIN Initiative.

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NIH BRAIN Initiative Launches Cell Census

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The NIH today launched a major effort to discover and catalog the brain’s “parts list.”

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NIH Completes Atlas of Human DNA Differences that Influence Gene Expression

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NIH researchers have completed an atlas documenting how DNA influence human gene expression.

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Depression’s “Transcriptional Signatures” Differ in Men vs. Women

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Brain gene expression associated with depression differed markedly between men and women. Such divergent “transcriptional signatures” may signal divergent underlying illness processes requiring sex-specific treatments.

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Scientists Give Star Treatment to Lesser-Known Cells Crucial for Brain Development

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Star-shaped support brain cells, astrocytes, growing in 3-D “organoids” in a dish develop similarly as those in human brain tissue.

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Patient-Derived Support Cells Stunt Mouse Brain Development

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Support cells generated from patients with childhood onset schizophrenia stunted neural circuit development when grafted into developing mouse brains.

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NIH Names Winners of “Follow that Cell” Phase 2 Competition

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Two biological engineering researchers are winners in Phase 2 of NIH’s Follow that Cell Challenge. The winners will share $400,000 in prizes awarded for development of new tools and methods for predicting the behavior and function of a single cell in complex tissue over time – and how that reflects the health of the tissue.

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Brain Circuit Tweak Wins Her Affection (if she’s a vole)

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For the first time, neuroscientists have boosted a female rodent’s partnering with a male by stimulating connectivity of a brain reward circuit. Understanding the circuitry of such affiliative behaviors may lead to improved treatments for social impairment in severe mental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder.

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Brain “Relay” Also Key to Holding Thoughts in Mind

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Long overlooked as a mere “relay,” an egg-like structure in the middle of the brain also turns out to play a pivotal role in tuning-up thinking circuity. A trio of studies in mice are revealing that the thalamus sustains the ability to distinguish categories and hold thoughts in mind. It might even become a target for interventions for psychiatric disorders marked by working memory problems, such as schizophrenia.

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