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News from 2012

NO BLIND MICE [MEISTER- AND SANES LABS]

(L to R) Yifeng Zhang, Markus Meister, Joshua R. Sanes, In-Jung Kim What does the eye tell the brain? Two very different answers have been proposed. In one…

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IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME [SANES LAB]

(L to R) Dimitar Kostadinov, Joshua Sanes, and Julie Lefebvre Neurons in the brain extend elaborately branched dendrites that receive inputs from other neurons and sensory stimuli.  In…

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Briana Burton and Rachelle Gaudet Nominated 2012 Mentor of the Year Award

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GOOD NOISE, BAD NOISE [UCHIDA LAB]

  Biological systems are inherently noisy: they contain randomness beyond an observer’s control. The most common approach to deal with noise is simply to throw it away: by…

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Susan Foster Receives the 2012 Harvard Hero Award

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VOLUME CONTROL AT THE SYNAPSE [MURTHY LAB]

You can't miss it in the news these days: neuroscientists are excited about anatomical reconstruction of neural connectivity. In fact, the term "connectomics" is a frequently-edited entry in…

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THE INPUTOME OF DOPAMINE NEURONS IDENTIFIED [UCHIDA LAB]

A central goal in neuroscience is to understand how diverse types of neurons interact to form complex networks. A critical step toward this goal is to find out…

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STUDY SUGGESTS NEURAL WIRING PEAKS AT BIRTH AND THEN IT’S ALL DOWNHILL FROM THERE [LICHTMAN LAB]

The goal of this study was to investigate the pattern of nerve connections between motor neurons and muscle fibers in newborn and embryonic animals. Previous work by us…

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