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June 2022

Poor sleep shifts social circuit in mice

by  /  20 June 2022

Even temporary bouts of too little non-REM sleep can lead to long-term changes in how the animals respond to certain social situations, new research suggests.

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Community Newsletter: COVID-19 commentary, cortical MAGICC, IACC Advances

by  /  19 June 2022

Researchers put new findings about COVID-19 and neurodevelopmental conditions in context, tweet about new ways to analyze cortical neuroanatomy and adapt “how it started, how it’s going.”

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Mice without DDX3X are slow to grow neurons

by  /  17 June 2022

The gene helps neurons exit the cell-maturation cycle during fetal brain development, a new study shows. But male and female mice respond differently to DDX3X loss.

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Brain’s early visual areas reflect autism’s heritability

by  /  16 June 2022

Inherited genetic factors for autism influence brain development, new studies of autistic children and their younger siblings reveal.

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Data irregularities surface for study of microRNAs in autism

by  /  15 June 2022

The study, which investigated a microRNA’s links to autism, appears to contain duplicated and fabricated data, according to research integrity analysts. Those issues reflect a larger problem in the literature.

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Gene therapy targets interneurons to tackle Dravet syndrome

by  /  13 June 2022

The approach, tested in mice, selectively boosts the expression of the autism-linked gene SCN1A in a subgroup of inhibitory cells.

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Community Newsletter: Open-data fails, decoding GABA reuptake, peer reviewer duels

by  /  12 June 2022

We’re tracking tweets that highlight, among other things, the futility of ‘data availability statements’ and some possible fixes, plus visions of a peer reviewer dust-up.

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Different forms of autism have opposite problems with brain precursor cells

by  /  10 June 2022

The cells’ altered proliferation rates hint at ways to diagnose and potentially treat autism earlier.

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Null and Noteworthy: INSAR keynote, typical cerebellums, social subdomains

by  /  9 June 2022

In this edition, researchers sink a purported link between cerebellar volume and autism and buoy a theory about measuring social behaviors.

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Two top autism-linked proteins connect to build cell ‘skeleton’

by  /  9 June 2022

ADNP and SHANK3 proteins may bind together and alter a neuron’s internal scaffold, hinting at a mechanism that, when disrupted, may underlie several forms of autism.

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