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Next-generation optogenetic molecules control single neurons

November 13, 2017

Next-generation optogenetic molecules control single neurons

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

Researchers at MIT and Paris Descartes University have developed a new optogenetic technique that sculpts light to target individual cells bearing engineered light-sensitive molecules, so that individual neurons can be precisely stimulated.

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Promise seen in possible treatment for autism spectrum disorder

October 31, 2017

Promise seen in possible treatment for autism spectrum disorder

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Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

Human chromosome 16p11.2 deletion syndrome is caused by the absence of about 27 genes on chromosome 16. This deletion is characterized by intellectual disability; impaired language, communication, and socialization skills; and autism spectrum disorder or ASD.

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MIT research laid groundwork for promising Alzheimer’s-fighting drink

October 30, 2017

MIT research laid groundwork for promising Alzheimer’s-fighting drink

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Rob Matheson | MIT News Office

Much of Professor Emeritus Richard Wurtman’s career in MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences revolved around developing new treatments for diseases and conditions by modifying chemicals produced in the brain.

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