People with autism are at high risk of death from injury, China starts a clinical trial involving human embryonic stem cells, and individuals with autism have trouble seeing faces in food.
Having too many copies of an autism gene called UBE3A mutes a brain region that may mediate the satisfaction a person derives from social interactions.
Mouse models of autism share a key structural anomaly: an unusually small cerebellum, a region that coordinates movement.
Male rats missing an autism candidate gene called SHANK3 spend less time sniffing, nuzzling and chasing their peers than controls do.
Watch the complete replay of Michael Platt’s webinar discussing monkey models for autism.
Replacing the microbes that inhabit the gut may ease digestive troubles and social difficulties in children with autism.
The absence of an autism-linked gene, combined with exposure to a mock infection, produces social deficits in mice — but only in males.
One week of treatment with the hormone oxytocin improves social skills and feeding in infants with Prader-Willi syndrome.
Mice have long been the mainstay of autism research, but a small group of scientists say rats are the superior choice. Rats are bigger, smarter, friendlier — and a lot more fun.
Removing the Rett syndrome gene, MeCP2, from distinct cells and brain regions reveals hidden features of the condition.
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