Can mice be effective models for autism? Maybe in some unexpected ways.
As much as that sounds like a riddle, mice and humans are actually far more alike than you might think. In fact, many of the genes found in humans have functional counterparts in mice. For medical research, this similarity is very useful: scientists can use specific genetic variants of mice, known as models, to better understand human diseases and conditions.
How do our brains translate the signals of millions of neurons into meaningful perceptions of our environment and help guide our behavior? Attempting to answer this question is no small task, but understanding the connection between spiking neurons and our behavior will not only provide insights into the human brain but also will be the key for developing new and innovative neuroprosthetic devices.
Proactively increasing opportunities at the highest levels for women in science can unleash new reservoirs of human capital—and improve progress in many fields.
According to the CDC, the leading cause of death for women in the US—killing about one in every five—is heart disease.
Proteins active in a neuron’s development can have powerful roles in its maintenance later: a “temporal modularity,” where proteins take on multiple roles at different times in a cell’s life.
In the 1990s, he was among those who discovered the gene behind the disease. Today, Issam Awad, MD, leads the first accredited, and busiest, CA Center of Excellence in the U.S., and treats patients from all over the world. The next frontier: identifying biomarkers in blood tests that can tell which patient will bleed in their brain.
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