Deleting one copy of a gene called MVP impairs the brain's ability to adapt to changes in the environment.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Society for Neuroscience 2016
Spectrum’s team reported about 50 stories at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego. One big theme this year: how autism relates to bigger questions in neuroscience.
The effects of autism mutations on brain volume might be reversible, even in a mature brain.
The interplay between a mouse’s immune system and certain mutations in her pups may increase autism-like features in the pups.
Mice with an extra copy of the autism risk gene UBE3A have cognitive deficits and anxiety, but do not show any core features of the condition.
Videos of mothers and their infants interacting with each other may contain clues to autism risk.
A new approach quickly captures an individual’s gene expression pattern at the level of a single neuron.
Mice missing one copy of a top autism gene show many of the features seen in people with the mutation — but not social deficits.
Neural stem cells derived from boys with autism of unknown cause may share genetic, chemical and physical features absent in cells from their typical brothers.
Monkeys with multiple copies of the gene MeCP2 have irregular brain waves similar to those seen in some children with autism.