After more than a decade of effort, scientists are questioning whether mouse models of autism can ever capture the social deficits seen in people with the condition.
Turning on a set of neurons that dampen brain activity improves social behavior in a mouse model of autism; turning off neurons that excite brain activity does the same thing.
Researchers have engineered two new rats with mutations in a family of genes that function at neuronal junctions, they reported today at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research in Atlanta.
The brains of many people with autism may exhibit a characteristic arrangement of chemical groups on the proteins that DNA coils around.
Restaurants can be stressful for my daughter Frances, who has autism, but her difficulties led me to try to better understand and treat her type of situational anxiety.
Researchers are building on the bright ideas of high school students to bring ambitious biotechnology tools to life.
Two seemingly similar mutations in the SHANK3 gene have divergent effects on the brain and behavior.
Some people with autism have an exceptional talent for music, math, art or language. What accounts for their extraordinary brains?
An immune molecule that helps defend people from infection with viruses or bacteria may also keep brain activity in check, allowing people to be social.
There are hints that transcranial magnetic stimulation, which uses electricity to change how brain cells function, might improve the symptoms of autism. But hopes are running way ahead of the facts.
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