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Spectrum: Autism Research News

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Angie Voyles Askham

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Angie Voyles Askham is a 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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December 2022
Week of NovemberNov
28th
2022

Spotted around the web: Protein ubiquitination; meninges immunity; scientific image problems

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 28 November.

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November 2022
Week of NovemberNov
21st
2022

Spotted around the web: Neuroscience 2022; brain condensates; university strikes

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Here is a roundup of news and research for the weeks of 14 and 21 November.

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Light micrograph of microglia cells stained with Rio Hortega’s silver carbonate method.

Autism’s sex bias tied to glial, immune cell gene expression

by  /  22 November 2022

The function of microglia and astrocytes in the brain may mediate the intersection of sex-differential biology and autism biology.

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Grid of nine mri scans of mouse brains.

Shared brain structure, connectivity hint at autism subgroups

by  /  21 November 2022

Using imaging methods to sort mouse models of autism may help identify subtypes of autistic people with similar underlying biology.

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Still image showing activity of activity of neurons with genetic mutations in the 15q11-13 chromosomal region.

Single gene insufficient to account for dup15q, Angelman traits

by  /  18 November 2022

UBE3A, a key gene associated with both autism-linked conditions, can explain most — but not all — of the syndromes’ atypical neuronal properties.

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Illustration of multipolar neurons.

Consistent, convergent pathways link two forms of autism

by  /  15 November 2022

People with dup15q syndrome and those with idiopathic autism have similar patterns of altered gene expression in early brain development and later in life.

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Three-dimensional structure of cells in the cerebellum.

Flexible genomic architecture undergoes major redesigns during cerebellum development

by  /  13 November 2022

A new atlas reveals how the structural shake-ups within a cell’s genome differ by cell type and brain region over time.

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A hand holds a compass against a blue background.

Spectrum Launch: Child care at SfN; interview tips; Neuropixels course

by  /  3 November 2022

This month’s issue is packed with tips for early-career researchers heading to the first in-person meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in three years.

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October 2022
Jeremy Levin, chief executive officer of Ovid Therapeutics, stands against a bench in a lab.

What next for Angelman?

by  /  20 October 2022

A meeting in Texas reckons with the future of treatment, following two setbacks in 2020.

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Mouse brain slices showing the effects of SHANK2 and SHANK3 deletions.

Double SHANK knockout highlights brain circuit’s social role

by  /  19 October 2022

Mice missing the autism-linked SHANK2 and SHANK3 genes in their retrosplenial cortex have trouble distinguishing between novel and familiar mice.

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