Machine-learning tools are widely available and can help speed up studies in animal models of autism. Here’s how to get started with the ‘minimal viable product’ and a few pro tips.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
This week’s newsletter looks at tweets about COVID-19 at last week’s INSAR meeting, an unusual enhancer regulating the autism-linked gene PTEN, and new findings from the Infant Brain Imaging Study.
This edition plots school suspensions and the unemployment gap for autistic people, and charts outcomes for those who attend regular health checks.
Increased white-matter maturation tracks with stronger language abilities later in childhood, but the relationship with cortical thickness is less clear.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published the first repository of vocalizations from minimally verbal autistic people. Those with few or no spoken words still produce a range of phonemes, or units of sound, that may serve as developmental markers or intervention targets.
The findings contradict a previous study, whose design may have been biased to find an effect.
The gene, YTHDF2, may be one of several that contribute to an autism subtype marked by an unusually big brain.
The co-occurring conditions may stem from the heightened stress people in minority communities experience.