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New method reignites controversy over brain clearance during sleep

Tracers injected directly into mouse brain tissue instead of the cerebrospinal fluid show that brain clearance slows during sleep and under anesthesia, according to a study published last week—but proponents of the glymphatic system take issue with the technique.

By Elissa Welle
22 May 2024 | 7 min read
Picture of two Degus in a cage.

How inbreeding almost tanked an up-and-coming model of Alzheimer’s disease

But new genetic analyses and behavioral assays have made the Chilean degu a viable model again, researchers say.

By Calli McMurray
21 May 2024 | 10 min read
Research image of cerebral blood volume in mouse brains.

Sex-dependent cytokine release; KATNAL2 gene; auditory processing in fragile X syndrome

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 20 May.

By Jill Adams
21 May 2024 | 1 min read