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Emerging tools and techniques that may advance autism research.

Lab-grown spheres yield star-shaped brain cells

by  /  22 September 2017

A new technique allows researchers to generate brain cells called astrocytes and maintain them in culture as they mature.

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September 2017
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Method that maps DNA tags reveals new types of neurons

by  /  15 September 2017

A new technique classifies neurons by surveying chemical tags that turn genes on or off on the neurons’ DNA.

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Lengthy scans yield detailed maps of individual brains

by  /  8 September 2017

A new database contains high-fidelity brain maps of 10 typical adults.

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Computer tool maps ridges on brain’s bumpy surface

by  /  1 September 2017

New software charts the crests of the folds that define the brain’s surface in people with autism.

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August 2017
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Whole genomes may power search for autism risk factors

by  /  23 August 2017

Scientists this week announced the release of nearly 7,000 whole-genome sequences from a collection of families that each have one child with autism.

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Spheres of cells reveal which drugs can enter brains

by  /  18 August 2017

Microscopic balls of brain and blood vessel cells mimic the barrier that protects the brain from foreign invaders.

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Method lights up active genes in fruit fly brains

by  /  11 August 2017

A new technique illustrates how mutations associated with autism affect gene expression at different stages of development in the fly brain.

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Innovative tool allows for virtual experiments on mouse brain

by  /  4 August 2017

New software transforms mouse brain scans into a virtual brain that scientists can manipulate.

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July 2017
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New method rates strength of ties between genes, conditions

by  /  28 July 2017

A new method can help researchers and clinicians gauge the likelihood that a gene is associated with a particular condition.

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Like children, marmosets learn to ‘talk’ by listening

by  /  21 July 2017

Baby marmosets learn to vocalize by mimicking their parents, which helps to establish their utility for studying autism.

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Standard scale identifies anxiety in children with autism

by  /  14 July 2017

A widely used questionnaire designed to measure anxiety flags the condition in children with autism.

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