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Peter Hess

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Peter Hess is a reporter for Spectrum, where he covers cannabinoids, autism prevalence, social hormones and other topics. Before joining Spectrum in 2019, he was associate science editor at Inverse, where he wrote and edited stories for a broad audience on a wide range of scientific topics, including drugs, evolution and environmental science. His work has also appeared in The Washington PostNew ScientistPopular Science and Motherboard. Peter has an M.A. in science journalism from New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. Get in touch with him at [email protected] and find him on Twitter at @PeterNHess.

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December 2022
Composite image of inhibitory and excitatory neurons.

One-rosette technique grows well-organized organoids

by  /  2 December 2022

The method yields complex organoids that more closely mimic embryonic brain development than do those cultured in other ways.

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November 2022
Week of NovemberNov
21st
2022

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

by , ,  /  23 November 2022

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

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Geometric black-and-white brain model over a grid.

Excess of ‘don’t eat me’ cell signals may drive brain enlargement in autism

by  /  22 November 2022

The signal, called CD47, is disrupted in autistic people who have a larger-than-average head.

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Image of organoids modeling CDKL5 deficiency disorder.

Organoids identify potential therapies, circuit flaws for autism-linked syndromes

by  /  21 November 2022

Brain cell clusters serve as drug screens and reveal connectivity differences for autism-linked conditions, two new models show.

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Two white mice socialize.

Autism genes converge on disruptions in social brain circuit

by  /  17 November 2022

The circuit linking the prefrontal cortex and part of the thalamus is impaired in mice raised in social isolation and in mice with mutations in the FMR1 or TSC2 genes.

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White laboratory mice isolated on orange luminous glass surface.

New evidence hints at mechanisms for ‘fever effect’ in autism

by  /  15 November 2022

The temporary easing of traits that a minority of autistic children are reported to show during or after a fever may stem from a rise in body temperature.

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Two marmosets looking in different directions.

Naturally chimeric marmosets present opportunities for autism research

by  /  13 November 2022

Findings on microglia and other brain cell types bolster the animal’s validity as a model system for the condition.

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Week of OctoberOct
31st
2022

Spotted around the web: Mapping histones; COVID-19 births; acetaminophen lawsuits

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 31 October.

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October 2022
Week of OctoberOct
10th
2022

Spotted around the web: Autism services for Indigenous people; seizure meds; brain waves

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 10 October.

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A composite of many scans of mice illustrating the effectiveness of an experimental drug.

Two-drug combo blunts autism-linked pathway in brain

by  /  14 October 2022

One drug blocks mTOR signaling, and the other stops the blocker from acting anywhere in the body but the brain, lowering the potential for side effects.

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