Babies who have their first bowel movement before birth have a slightly increased risk of autism, according to a study of nearly 10 million people.
Instead of simply listing sex differences in the brain, researchers should consider how sex interacts with other factors to affect the brain, Joel says.
Autism researchers reflect on the unusual episodes that spawned significant scientific projects.
New cages for mice mimic the animals’ natural burrows, providing a realistic environment for studies of social behavior.
Infections during pregnancy increase levels of an immune molecule in the placenta that alters brain development and behavior in mice.
Male scientists typically dominate speaker lineups at conferences. The skewed gender ratio stunts women’s careers — and progress in science.
Children born to parents who are 35 or older are at an increased risk of autism; for schizophrenia, the increased risk is limited to those born to mothers in their teens or early 20s.
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