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Society for Neuroscience 2016

SFN 2016

In autism, brain’s emotion hub begins with too many cells

by  /  6 April 2018
The amygdala, a brain region that governs emotions, may be enlarged and overly connected in children with autism, but it shrinks as the children grow up.
SFN 2016

Microglia may have only small appetite for synapses

by  /  2 April 2018
Microglia come into frequent contact with synapses, the connections between neurons, but they appear to nibble on them rather than engulf and digest them.
SFN 2016

Gene on chromosome 16 may be valuable player in autism

by  /  29 March 2018
Deleting one copy of a gene called MVP impairs the brain's ability to adapt to changes in the environment.
November 2016
SFN 2016

Takeaways from SfN 2016

by  /  17 November 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.

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SFN 2016

Autism treatments may normalize brain volume in adult mice

by  /  17 November 2016

The effects of autism mutations on brain volume might be reversible, even in a mature brain.

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SFN 2016

Genes, immune exposure collude to up autism risk

by  /  17 November 2016

The interplay between a mouse’s immune system and certain mutations in her pups may increase autism-like features in the pups.

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Mouse brain hippocampus
SFN 2016

New mice expose consequences of key autism gene

by  /  17 November 2016

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.

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SFN 2016

New test scores emotional weight of parent-child connections

by  /  17 November 2016

Videos of mothers and their infants interacting with each other may contain clues to autism risk.

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SFN 2016

New tool takes rapid genetic snapshot of people’s neurons

by  /  17 November 2016

A new approach quickly captures an individual’s gene expression pattern at the level of a single neuron.

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SFN 2016

Parade of mice with top autism mutation puzzles scientists

by  /  16 November 2016

Mice missing one copy of a top autism gene show many of the features seen in people with the mutation — but not social deficits.

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SFN 2016

Diverse paths to autism may converge on shared cellular features

by  /  16 November 2016

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.

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SFN 2016

Ecstasy ingredient touted as treatment for anxiety in autism

by  /  16 November 2016

The active ingredient in the drug popularly known as ecstasy eases social anxiety in people with autism.

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SFN 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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