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Mighty element plays major part in autism

by ,  /  18 April 2017

Probing the function of a protein in a calcium signaling pathway may lead to a diagnostic test for autism and a path toward treatments.

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Book review: ‘Rigor Mortis’ reveals rampant sloppiness in science

by  /  4 April 2017
In his new book, journalist Richard Harris writes that lack of reproducibility in research poses a serious threat to science.
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With tweaks, brains in a dish may yield clear clues to autism

by  /  21 March 2017
‘Mini-brains’ created in a dish may reveal autism’s roots and point to treatments, but they do not yet mirror some critical features of a human brain.
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Defining roles: Loss of the Rett syndrome gene from two different types of neurons that inhibit brain activity (red and green) leads to distinct features in mice.

Questions for Huda Zoghbi: Studying Rett in the rodent brain

by  /  14 March 2017
Removing the Rett syndrome gene, MeCP2, from distinct cells and brain regions reveals hidden features of the condition.

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Early brain enlargement augurs distinct form of autism

by  /  11 April 2017

A minority of boys with autism have brains that are unusually large relative to their bodies — a trait tied to regression and intellectual disability.

Illustration by Katie Carey
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Tracing autism’s trajectories could help explain its diversity

by  /  28 March 2017

Studying the heterogeneity of autism features over time can help us understand why some children do better or worse than expected.

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Tennis program serves up benefits for children with autism

by  /  7 March 2017

Tennis is a social game, requiring players to predict and respond to their opponent’s behavior. That may help some children with autism.

Illustration by John Hersey
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Tangled web of proteins holds clues to autism’s complexity

by  /  28 February 2017

Understanding how mutations in genes linked to autism perturb the different versions of proteins the genes form could reveal new targets for treatments.

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Animated sidekick connects parents to children with autism

by  /  21 February 2017

In a new type of therapy for autism, parents talk or type into their phone or computer, and their words emerge in the voice of an animated character.

Photography by Vanessa McKeown
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Questions for Gahan Pandina: New tool may aid autism trials

by  /  14 February 2017

A new ‘knowledge engine’ collects reams of behavioral and sensory data to create highly sensitive outcome measures for autism drugs.

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Why I want to march for science

by  /  14 February 2017

Autism researcher Jonathan Sebat plans to push for policies that rest on empirical evidence and serve the common good.

Borrowed brilliance: About half the scientists in the U.S. were born elsewhere.Peter M. Fisher / Getty Images
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How Trump’s travel ban can upend lives of scientists like me

by  /  10 February 2017

The ban could uproot the lives of many researchers in the United States and slow scientific progress not just in the U.S., but across the world.

Illustration by Sam Chivers
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Questions for Daniel Geschwind: Making autism studies diverse

by  /  7 February 2017

A team of researchers is stepping out of the lab and into the community to recruit African-Americans for studies on the genetics of autism.

Illustration by Bee Johnson
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Imaging of social brain enters real world

by ,  /  31 January 2017

Studies of social-brain function are moving out of scanners and into realistic settings.

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