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

August 2017
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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News

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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News / Toolbox

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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News

Brain imaging studies seek signs of autism before birth

by  /  17 August 2017

Researchers are pushing the limits of brain imaging, looking at fetal brains for the earliest signs of autism.

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News

Social interactions shape gene expression in fragile X mice

by  /  16 August 2017

Mice missing FMR1, the gene mutated in fragile X syndrome, have an atypical brain response to meeting an unfamiliar mouse.

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News / Toolbox

Method lights up active genes in fruit fly brains

by  /  11 August 2017

A new technique illustrates how mutations associated with autism affect gene expression at different stages of development in the fly brain.

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Innovative tool allows for virtual experiments on mouse brain

by  /  4 August 2017

New software transforms mouse brain scans into a virtual brain that scientists can manipulate.

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Flash of light shifts social behavior in autism mice

by  /  2 August 2017

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.

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July 2017
News

Antidepressant eases some autism features in mice

by  /  28 July 2017

A drug that keeps neurons bathed in the chemical messenger serotonin prevents social abnormalities in a mouse model of dup15q syndrome.

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Dim light casts shadow on mouse sleep, behavior

by  /  28 July 2017

Exposure to a dim light at night disrupts sleep and worsens repetitive behaviors and social difficulties in a mouse model of autism.

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