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The Brain

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

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Lab-grown spheres yield star-shaped brain cells

by  /  22 September 2017
A new technique allows researchers to generate brain cells called astrocytes and maintain them in culture as they mature.
News / Toolbox

Method that maps DNA tags reveals new types of neurons

by  /  15 September 2017
A new technique classifies neurons by surveying chemical tags that turn genes on or off on the neurons’ DNA.
News

Sizeable fraction of autism risk traced to ‘mosaic’ mutations

by  /  14 September 2017
Mutations that appear in only some of the body’s cells contribute to autism in about 4 percent of people with the condition.
September 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

Protein factories at neuronal junctions take center stage in autism

by ,  /  12 September 2017

Some genes linked to autism regulate the production of proteins at neuronal junctions, suggesting that disrupted protein synthesis contributes to the condition.

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Monkey model reveals new role for top autism gene

by  /  11 September 2017

Monkeys missing the gene SHANK3 have too few neurons in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region involved in planning and social behavior.

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Lengthy scans yield detailed maps of individual brains

by  /  8 September 2017

A new database contains high-fidelity brain maps of 10 typical adults.

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Anxiety may alter processing of emotions in people with autism

by  /  6 September 2017

A brain region that processes emotions tends to be smaller in children who have both autism and anxiety than in those who have autism alone.

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News / Profiles

Eric Courchesne: Reaching for the rings in autism research

by  /  4 September 2017

Eric Courchesne is known for his findings on brain size in autism. But the roots of his long career trace back to his own childhood disability.

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Computer tool maps ridges on brain’s bumpy surface

by  /  1 September 2017

New software charts the crests of the folds that define the brain’s surface in people with autism.

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August 2017
News

Autism drugs may alter brain connectivity

by  /  31 August 2017

Children with autism who take certain medications have different patterns of brain connectivity than do unmedicated children with the condition.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Studying pregnant women with autism may offer clues to the condition

by ,  /  22 August 2017

Following women with autism through pregnancy and beyond may reveal factors that shape the likelihood of autism in their children.

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Weak ‘wiring’ in infant brains augurs severe autism features

by  /  21 August 2017

Babies who are later diagnosed with autism may show aberrant connections between some brain regions in their first year of life.

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Spheres of cells reveal which drugs can enter brains

by  /  18 August 2017

Microscopic balls of brain and blood vessel cells mimic the barrier that protects the brain from foreign invaders.

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