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October 2022
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Community Newsletter: Families in crisis; genetics mystery; health determinants

by  /  30 October 2022

Recent Twitter threads explore a new approach to autism diagnosis, a mysterious genetic region and social determinants of health.

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Lags in genetic testing, variant reporting hinder autism research

by  /  28 October 2022

Few autistic people undergo the recommended genetic testing for their condition, and test results often do not make their way into public databases, where researchers and clinicians can learn from them.

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Illustration of an X chromosome against a black background.

X-chromosome variants help explain autism’s sex bias

by  /  24 October 2022

The rare variants are also linked to ADHD and Tourette syndrome, two other conditions that disproportionately affect boys and men.

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Community Newsletter: Brain geometry; adaptive immune system; INSAR policy brief

by  /  23 October 2022

Two threads pose intriguing neuroscience questions; plus a criminal-justice policy brief.

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Mouse brain slices showing the effects of SHANK2 and SHANK3 deletions.

Double SHANK knockout highlights brain circuit’s social role

by  /  19 October 2022

Mice missing the autism-linked SHANK2 and SHANK3 genes in their retrosplenial cortex have trouble distinguishing between novel and familiar mice.

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Autistic people at increased genetic risk of sleep problems

by  /  18 October 2022

Compared with their unaffected siblings and unrelated controls, children with autism harbor more copy number variants in genes that govern the circadian cycle or are associated with insomnia.

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Community newsletter: Brain map; communication guide

by  /  16 October 2022

Threads on a GoogleMap for the brain and guidance on communicating with autistic people in a health-care setting garnered gobs of comments this week.

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Illustration of hybrid objects: part light bulb, part lab vial, some in blue and some in red to signify null and replicated results.

Null and Noteworthy: Medication timing; oxytocin amounts; sensory sameness

by  /  13 October 2022

Parents’ health, treatment dosages and sensory perception feature in this month’s crop of null and replicated results.

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A transplanted human organoid labeled with a fluorescent protein in a section of the rat brain.

Human cortical organoids forge functional circuits in rat brains

by  /  12 October 2022

The transplanted cells integrate into living animals’ neural circuitry and influence behavior.

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Conceptual illustration of two DNA helixes with several overlapping portions showing common and differing genes.

Genome scan spots common variant differences between autism and ADHD

by  /  12 October 2022

Common variants in five regions of the genome may determine whether someone has one condition versus the other.

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