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Researchers profile active genes in neurons based on connections

140519_friedman_retrotrap1_thumbA new technique allows researchers to examine gene expression in neurons that send messages to a synapse. A test run examined dopamine neurons that project to the brain region known as the nucleus accumbens.
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Breakthrough in cell-type analysis offers new way to study development and disease

It’s sometimes said that disease does not discriminate, but that’s not true. Many diseases are very particular about the types of cells they attack, laying waste to one population while sparing its nearly identical neighbors for no apparent reason. New research from The Rockefeller University for the first time enables scientists to carefully study the biomolecular differences among types of cells in order to learn what makes some susceptible to attack and others resistant. More »

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