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August 2023
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Cognitive mapping; PTEN in peripheral nerves

by  /  13 August 2023

Researchers took to social media to discuss how cognitive maps form during learning. There was also talk about a study of peripheral nerves in mice missing PTEN, an autism-linked gene. That and more in this week’s Community Newsletter.

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Concerns raised over autism prediction paper

by  /  11 August 2023

The paper was published in a journal that shut down after being overrun by paper mills.

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Unwritten rules of tenure

by  /  9 August 2023

Academics are not always aware of the standards — both explicit and implicit — that are used to assess them for promotion. We explore these expectations and more in this month’s issue of the Spectrum Launch newsletter.

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Co-occurring conditions in autistic teens increase with age

by  /  8 August 2023

The most prevalent conditions include obesity, neurological disorders, anxiety and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

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NeuroDev retrospective; repetitive behaviors in fragile X mice

by  /  6 August 2023

A look back at NeuroDev’s first year gathering genomic and phenotypic data in Kenya and South Africa and a study on an underlying cause of repetitive behaviors in fragile X model mice absorbed researchers’ attention on social media this week. That and more in this week’s Community Newsletter.

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Autism in Adulthood gets its first impact factor

by  /  4 August 2023

The 4-year-old journal focuses on research that aims to improve the lives of autistic adults.

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Exclusive: Shake-up at top psychiatric institute following suicide in clinical trial

by  /  31 July 2023

The New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City is undergoing an audit and a change in leadership following a suicide that occurred during one of its clinical trials.

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How organ-on-a-chip models can help drug development

by  /  31 July 2023

This month’s Going on Trial newsletter explores how organ-on-a-chip models could smooth the transition from preclinical to clinical trials, among other drug development news.

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Sensory traits in fragile X; epidurals and autism

by  /  30 July 2023

This week on social media, researchers discussed research on sensory issues in fragile X mice, and they considered yet another study of epidurals and autism. That and more in this week’s Community Newsletter.

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Abundant motor proteins disrupt cries in FOXP2 mice

by ,  /  28 July 2023

Knocking down the gene that codes for the proteins normalizes the vocalizations.

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