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May 2022
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INSAR Community Newsletter: Tweets & murmurs from Days 1 and 2 of the meeting

by  /  12 May 2022

We are covering the talks in Austin, Texas, this week, plus what the research community is talking about online, in the Lone Star Ballroom and around town.

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DDX3X loss affects male, female mouse neurons differently

by  /  12 May 2022

The sex-specific effects may help elucidate why the small number of boys with DDX3X syndrome are born to unaffected mothers.


Heading to INSAR 2022: Hybrid format, COVID-19, Texas beef

by  /  11 May 2022

Many autism researchers say they are excited to gather in person for the first time in three years, but concerns about COVID-19 and the meeting location persist.

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Null and Noteworthy: Sex bias and gender blend

by  /  9 May 2022

In this edition, a diagnostic measure shows no significant differences between sexes, and a survey confirms increased gender diversity among children with autism.

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Community Newsletter: Hormonal gene regulation, gene-disease links, INSAR

by  /  8 May 2022

This week’s newsletter spotlights a Twitter deep dive about genes, hormones and the developing brain, plus upcoming events at the annual autism conference in Austin, Texas.

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Inflammation may reshape brain regions tied to autism

by  /  6 May 2022

Having a genetic predisposition to inflammation is linked to structural changes in brain regions implicated in neurodevelopmental conditions.

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Spectrum Launch: How to conquer in-person conferences

by  /  5 May 2022

With INSAR 2022 on the horizon, some autism researchers are staring down their first ever in-person meeting — and wondering how to prepare.

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Autistic adults in Japan stay active in their communities, households

by  /  5 May 2022

A new longitudinal study paints a favorable picture of the outcomes for many autistic adults in the city of Yokohama.


SYNGAP1 protein boosts cognition, blocks seizures in mice

by  /  4 May 2022

Ramping up levels of one isoform of the autism-linked protein reverses traits in model mice, a new study shows.


‘Tainted kids,’ other odd phrases cropping up in autism studies

by  /  2 May 2022

The “tortured phrases” — strangely worded paraphrases of established terms — may be the work of software that attempts to disguise plagiarism.