Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 31 October.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
The code may help scientists identify people with the autism-linked condition and recruit them into clinical trials.
An experimental drug silences a DNA segment and seems to prevent seizures and death in a condition related to autism.
Genes involved in the formation of myelin, a fatty substance that sheathes neurons, are altered in autistic people and in several mouse models.
Associated primarily with its role in movement, the striatum may also influence the social difficulties of autistic people.
Siblings of autistic children, like those with the condition, tend to have faces that are more masculine than average.
Some men who have an autistic child carry mutations linked to the condition only in their sperm.
Some of the inherited variants implicated in autism also increase the odds of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
An immune molecule produced during a fever improves sociability in three mouse models of autism.