News from 2014

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PARTNERS FOR LIFE [SANES LAB]

Joshua Sanes (l) and Melanie Samuel Neurons form precise relationships with particular synaptic partners and these relationships give rise to the wiring diagram that enables cognitive function. Like…

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DETECTION OF TARGET ODORS FROM MIXTURES [MURTHY LAB]

(l to r) Venki Murthy, Dan Rokni, Vikrant Kapoor, and Vivian Hemmelder (not shown) Natural environments are rich with sensory stimuli. To make sense of the sensory clutter,…

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CRACKING THE TEMPORAL CODE FOR SMELL USING LIGHT [MURTHY AND UCHIDA LABS]

(l to r) Anne Lanjuin, Rafi Haddad, Nao Uchida, and Venki Murthy When we sniff an odor, it is first detected by a set of specific odorant receptors expressed…

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WORKING HARD OR HARDLY WORKING? [UCHIDA LAB]

Naoshige Uchida (l) and Alice Wang How many decisions did you have to make today?  From the choice of breakfast, to the vigor of brushing our teeth, we…

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SCULPTING SOUND SPACE IN THE DEVELOPING BRAIN

(L-R)Takao Hensch and Tania Rinaldi Barkat Brain functions, such as language, are shaped by experience during windows of heightened plasticity in early life. For example, children raised in…

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MICE THAT SMELL LIGHT

Olfaction is a critical sense for many animals, guiding their foraging behavior, mate choice and predator avoidance. Mice use ~1000 odorant receptor types in the main olfactory system…

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SEROTONIN AND SMELL

Co-authors Akari Hagiwara & Venkatesh N Murthy A moment’s introspection reveals that our perceptions and actions are strongly affected by our behavioral states.  Whether you are sleepy, awake,…

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CHARTING OLFACTION

(L to R) Venki N. Murthy, Antoniu L. Fantana, Edward R. Soucy, Markus Meister, and Dinu F. Albeanu Our brains generally represent the outside world using ordered maps.…

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ENGINEERING BINOCULARITY IN THE ZEBRAFISH BRAIN

(L to R) Florian Engert and Pavan Ramdya (left panel) Monocular retinal innervation in a normal larval zebrafish. The right optic tectal lobe receives input solely from the…

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