Opinion Archive

April 2018
Opinion / Columnists / Connecting matters

Why no one needs a diagnosis of ‘social communication disorder’

by  /  17 April 2018

A diagnosis of social communication disorder only keeps people from a community and resources they desperately want and need.

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For accurate results in autism, genetic databases need diversity

by ,  /  10 April 2018

We must diversify databases of reference DNA to improve our ability to interpret the consequences of genetic variation.

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How to break new ground in the search for autism biomarkers

by  /  3 April 2018

A large dataset that catalogs the features of many brain conditions could transform the quest for biomarkers of autism.

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March 2018
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Explaining ‘resilience’ in autism may seed new therapies

by  /  27 March 2018

Some individuals who have autism mutations show no signs of the condition; understanding why may lead to treatments.

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scientist looks through binoculars showing a boy on one side, and a mouse on the other.
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Why we need a mouse version of a diagnostic test for autism

by ,  /  21 March 2018

Researchers have developed behavioral measures that can accurately diagnose autism in people; these lessons can and should be applied to mice.

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‘Outdated’ mouse model exposes key disruptions in autism brain

by  /  21 March 2018

A mouse model based on exposure to an epilepsy drug offers a useful window into the brain circuits altered in autism.

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How variability among mouse strains can aid autism research

by  /  21 March 2018

Researchers can convert the distinct genetic backgrounds of lab mice from a problem to an advantage, exploiting the differences to advance our understanding of autism.

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How to improve mouse models’ usefulness for understanding autism

by  /  20 March 2018

Integrating human-specific genetic elements into mice may provide a permissive, ‘humanized’ environment for studying autism.

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New tool may speed up drugs to ease need for sameness in autism

by ,  /  13 March 2018

Using a new task to test resistance to change in autism, we are developing leads for treatments for this troublesome trait.

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Peer partners help students with autism join playground fun

by  /  6 March 2018

In a new program, teachers recruit typical students to help children with autism play during recess.

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