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Celia Ford

Celia Ford is a freelance science journalist who writes about brains, biotech and whatever makes people think about thinking. She earned her Sc.B. in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a 2022 early-career science writing fellow at The Open Notebook and a 2023 AAAS mass media fellow at Wired. Celia is based in Berkeley, California.

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October 2023
Research image of cerebral organoids.

Method pinpoints cell-specific effects of autism-linked mutations

by  /  3 October 2023

The approach, which combines CRISPR with single-cell analyses of organoids, suggests that intermediate progenitor cells are especially vulnerable to mutations associated with autism.

September 2023
Two mice touching.

‘Social touch’ responses in mice gauged with unprecedented control

by  /  19 September 2023

A new tool could help decipher the brain circuits underlying aversion to social touch, which is common in people with autism.