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Angie Voyles Askham

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Angie Voyles Askham is Senior Reporter for Spectrum, where she covers neural circuits and gene therapy, among other topics. She proposed and writes Spectrum Launch, a monthly newsletter for early-career researchers. Before joining Spectrum in 2020, she worked in radio journalism and academic publishing. Voyles Askham has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from NYU and a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. You can email her at [email protected] or find her on Twitter @avaskham.

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July 2021
Week of JulyJul
26th
2021

Spotted around the web: Neuronal differentiation, vitamin D, Hollywood representation

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 26 July.

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Week of JulyJul
12th
2021

Spotted around the web: Microbiota therapies, face processing in autism, Ninja Training

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 12 July.

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Four brown lab mice in a cage, top-down view, with one mouse away from the group.

Autism-linked mutation may blur brain’s boundary between self, others

by  /  15 July 2021

A mutation in the autism-linked gene SHANK3 changes how neurons encode information about social agency in mice.

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June 2021
side, top and frontal views of human brains.

How autism scientists are tackling brain imaging’s replication problem

by  /  30 June 2021

Reports of flaws in imaging research are signs of a maturing field, experts say, not a devastating blow to its results.

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Portrait of Tonya White with her bike next to the water, Rotterdam.

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Tonya White

by  /  29 June 2021

When Tonya White isn’t studying brain development, she might be listening to audiobooks or cycling across Europe — but she probably isn’t tweeting.

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Micrographs of mouse astrocytes with high levels of inflammatory molecules.

Immune-regulating cells contribute to autism-like traits in mice

by  /  21 June 2021

The link between autism and prenatal exposure to an immune response may involve altered levels of immune cells, according to a new study.

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lab technician pipetting in dramatic light

Alternative gene-therapy approaches take aim at Rett syndrome

by  /  16 June 2021

Methods that selectively increase levels of the Rett protein make for safer and more effective treatment strategies, some researchers say.

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Brain activity patterns may distinguish girls with autism

by  /  2 June 2021

Atypical patterns of neuronal activity and gene expression in the striatum may characterize autism in girls, according to a new study.

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May 2021

Q&A with Sébastien Jacquemont and Clara Moreau: Why brain imaging signatures for autism are so elusive

by  /  20 May 2021

The field of neuroimaging will need to combine two strategies before it can find patterns of brain activity or structure unique to autism, the researchers say.

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Two women making eye contact while talking with each other.

Social attention shows sex difference in autism

by  /  14 May 2021

Autistic boys and men are less attuned to social stimuli than autistic girls and women are, according to new unpublished work.

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