Probing the function of a protein in a calcium signaling pathway may lead to a diagnostic test for autism and a path toward treatments.
Charting the structure and function of the brain’s many circuits may unravel autism’s mysteries.
A minority of boys with autism have brains that are unusually large relative to their bodies — a trait tied to regression and intellectual disability.
‘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.
The absence of an autism-linked gene, combined with exposure to a mock infection, produces social deficits in mice — but only in males.
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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