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Spectrum: Autism Research News

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Katie Moisse

Contributing editor

Katie Moisse is contributing editor and former news editor at Spectrum.  She teaches science communication at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She has a Ph.D. in neuropathology from the University of Western Ontario and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.

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December 2016
Week of DecemberDec
12th
2016

Treatments on trial; future in flux; summoning scientists

by  /  16 December 2016

Drugs for autism and epilepsy have their day in court, a spending bill leaves scientists in limbo, and researchers should speak up to correct misinformation.

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Week of DecemberDec
5th
2016

Immune attack; CRISPR climax; postdoc plight

by  /  9 December 2016

Immune molecules could be targets for autism treatments, the battle for CRISPR’s patent may be nearing an end, and a plan to give postdoctoral researchers overtime pay is scuttled.

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Week of NovemberNov
28th
2016

Trump change; preprint power; science stories

by  /  2 December 2016

Scientists are nervous about the next four years, grant money is making preprints more common, and researchers should grab a beer with a science writer.

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November 2016

Extra dose of Rett syndrome gene alters brain waves in monkeys

by  /  16 November 2016

Monkeys with multiple copies of the gene MeCP2 have irregular brain waves similar to those seen in some children with autism.

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Immune molecule may mediate effects of maternal infection

by  /  16 November 2016

Infections during pregnancy increase levels of an immune molecule in the placenta that alters brain development and behavior in mice.

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Placenta may hold clues to sex bias in autism

by  /  16 November 2016

Infecting pregnant rats with group B streptococcus triggers inflammation in the fetal side of the placenta, but only in male fetuses.

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Tapestry of neural fibers enriches new map of monkey brain

by  /  15 November 2016

A three-dimensional atlas of the rhesus macaque brain details the structural and functional boundaries between brain regions with unprecedented accuracy.

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Merging ‘mini-brains’ recapitulates brain’s electrical balance

by  /  15 November 2016

Fusing two spheres of neurons that either ramp up or tamp down brain activity yields neural networks like those in the developing brain.

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Lightweight ‘Miniscope’ lights up mouse brains around the globe

by  /  14 November 2016

More than 100 labs in 17 countries have built miniaturized microscopes that plug into the brains of mice.

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Maternal obesity alters gut bacteria, behavior in mice

by  /  14 November 2016

Mice born to obese mothers have irregular microbiomes, brain abnormalities and autism features.

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