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How autism’s definition has changed over time

Don’t judge this book by its decidedly dull cover: Across its pages, some of the most dramatic changes in the history of autism have played out. This short animation chronicles how a diagnostic manual has defined and redefined autism over the years.


‘Syntax’ of mouse behavior may speak volumes about autism

An algorithm that decodes and quantifies mouse body language could reveal the brain circuits underlying certain autism features.


Wireless Miniscope ties seizures to spatial memory problems

A wireless miniature microscope lets researchers peer into the brains of mice as they run along a 25-foot track.


Protein factories at neuronal junctions take center stage in autism

Some genes linked to autism regulate the production of proteins at neuronal junctions, suggesting that disrupted protein synthesis contributes to the condition.


Autism genetics: The movie

The secret to understanding autism lies largely in our DNA.

Deep Dive

Autism in motion

Children with autism are often clumsy, physically awkward or uncoordinated. This understudied and nearly ubiquitous feature has researchers contemplating a new idea: Could motor problems be one source of autism’s social difficulties?