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Monkeys for autism research

22 June 2016

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Illustration by  Kyungeun Park

The treasures of monkey island

by  /  22 June 2016

On Cayo Santiago island, scientists track the alliances and power struggles of a colony of feral monkeys — collecting data to generate new insights into the social challenges that people with autism face.

Monkey business: These baby monkeys inherited copies of an autism-linked gene from their genetically modified parents.Yan-Hong Nie

Genetically modified monkeys show autism-like behaviors

by  /  27 January 2016

Monkeys with multiple copies of a gene called MeCP2 show behaviors reminiscent of autism, but some experts question the model’s value.

Social monkeys: Marmosets make a good model for autism because they have cooperative social behaviors, such as food-sharing. 
Henrique Daniel Araujo /

Questions for Cory Miller: Monkeying around with marmosets

by  /  10 May 2016

Small social monkeys called marmosets are well suited for studies on social behaviors and autism.

From The Archives

Brain portal: Researchers can trigger and monitor neural activity in real time through a custom-built portal to a monkey’s brain.
Rhesus pieces: Researchers are piecing together gene expression data from five regions of the monkey brain, including the hippocampus.
Prisoner’s dilemma: In a test of cooperation, monkeys perform like people do, sometimes choosing mutual gain at their own expense.
Model makers: Marmosets, a small new-world species of monkey, are becoming popular for studying autism. ©
Monkey island: A free-ranging colony of hundreds of monkeys offers autism researchers a way to link complex social behaviors to genetics. Photo by Lauren Brent
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