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Charting the structure and function of the brain’s many circuits may unravel autism’s mysteries.

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Lab-grown ‘mini-brains’ mimic brain development

by  /  28 April 2017
A new method for examining blobs of neurons known as ‘mini-brains’ reveals structures like those in the human brain.
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Checking connections: Bundles of neurons called white-matter tracts bridge far-flung, and nearby, regions of the brain.

Two autism features may share common root in brain

by  /  26 April 2017
Children with autism who have both severe repetitive behaviors and sensory sensitivities tend to have had unusually structured nerve tracts in infancy.
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April 2017
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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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Intricate image: A novel scanning technique reveals the branches of neurons inside the brain of an awake mouse.
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Clever tweaks give brain scans new dimension

by  /  14 April 2017

New improvements allow researchers to look at cells deep inside the mouse brain, make high-resolution movies of firing neurons and monitor brain activity in monkeys over months.

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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.

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Features / Deep Dive

The twenty-something free fall

by  /  29 March 2017

Young adults with autism face many new expectations and challenges — with none of the support that is available during high school.

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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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‘Triple-hit’ study may help explain autism’s male bias

by  /  20 March 2017

The absence of an autism-linked gene, combined with exposure to a mock infection, produces social deficits in mice — but only in males.

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Meet the newest contestant in the scientific rat race

by  /  15 March 2017

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.

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Blank space: An infant with autism (right) has more fluid between the brain and the skull than does a typically developing baby at the same age (left).
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Excess brain fluid may forecast autism in babies

by  /  6 March 2017

Some infants who are later diagnosed with autism have too much fluid between the brain and skull.

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Monkey minds: Two different brain imaging techniques reveal the brain of a rhesus macaque at 2 weeks, 3 months and 6 months of age.
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New atlases chart early brain growth in monkeys

by  /  3 March 2017

A collection of brain scans from monkeys aged 2 weeks to 12 months reveals how their brain structures and nerve tracts develop over time.

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illustration of person with autism struggling with addiction
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Autism’s hidden habit

by  /  1 March 2017

Conventional wisdom holds that people with autism don’t get hooked on alcohol or other drugs, but new evidence suggests otherwise.

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