Our top 10 papers for this year, based on input from autism researchers, capture the full spectrum of findings — from molecular biology to large-scale epidemiology.
From parental age to infection during pregnancy, environmental elements can influence autism risk.
Scientists can rattle off lists of dozens of genes linked to autism, but there’s much less agreement about which elements of the environment contribute to the condition — and by how much.
Early disruption of the microbes that inhabit the gut can alter a mouse’s sociability long term.
The combination of prenatal stress and a preterm labor drug may elicit seizures and autism-like behaviors in rat pups.
Prairie vole pups exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine in the womb show autism-like behaviors and lose some receptors for oxytocin and vasopressin.
Infants born prematurely show alterations in the structure and function of their brain circuits — findings that may help explain their increased risk for autism.
The environment’s influence on gene expression can vary by sex and affect autism’s expression.
The pups of male mice exposed to stress show a muted response to stressful situations of their own, suggesting that environmental effects can last generations.
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