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The Brain

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

February 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

Tangled web of proteins holds clues to autism’s complexity

by  /  28 February 2017

Understanding how mutations in genes linked to autism perturb the different versions of proteins the genes form could reveal new targets for treatments.

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Features / Special Reports

Autism in the brain, region by region

27 February 2017

Different regions of the brain contribute uniquely to autism’s impact on cognition, emotion and behavior.

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human brain showing the corpus callosum highlighted
News

Brain’s bridge could yield clues to faulty wiring in autism

by  /  27 February 2017

Decoding distortions in the brain’s largest nerve tract could lay bare basic problems with long-range neural connections in autism.

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News

Brain hiccup may explain some social problems in autism

by  /  20 February 2017

People with autism show an atypical pattern of brain activity when trying to adopt another person’s point of view.

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News / Toolbox

With bright tricks, light leaves brain forever changed

by  /  17 February 2017

Using flashes of light, scientists can spark seizures, tweak cell junctions and motivate mice from afar.

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News

Rats with mutant SHANK genes show autism-like behaviors

by  /  16 February 2017

Researchers have engineered two new rats with mutations in a family of genes that function at neuronal junctions, they reported today at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research in Atlanta.

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Features / Deep Dive

Why don’t we have better drugs for autism?

by  /  15 February 2017

Clinical trials for autism drugs have been plagued with problems: bad design, the wrong measures, too broad a range of participants. All that is finally starting to change.

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News

Rapid brain growth in infancy may signal autism

by  /  15 February 2017

The faster the brains of children with autism grow in their first year of life, the more severe their autism features are likely to be at age 2.

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News

Autism may alter how brain waves change with age

by  /  6 February 2017

The strength and synchrony of brain waves appear to evolve differently in children with autism than in their neurotypical peers.

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News / Toolbox

‘Crystal skull’ provides panoramic view of mouse brain

by  /  3 February 2017

A curved glass replacement for the top of a mouse's skull lets researchers spy on the activity of more than 1 million neurons.

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