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July 2023
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‘Troublesome pattern’: More papers from heads of shuttered clinic under investigation

by  /  28 July 2023

A total of 17 studies have already been retracted or are slated for retraction over issues with participant consent.

Research image of interneurons in the outer layer of a human brain.

‘Gain-of-function’ mutation spawns autism traits

by  /  24 July 2023

The mutation increases the activity of an autism-linked protein and leads to social difficulties and other behavioral differences in mice.

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Stress response in neurons; quantitative bioimaging tutorial

by  /  23 July 2023

Researchers discussed a study of the integrated stress response in fragile X syndrome and a new how-to guide for quantitative bioimaging — plus more in this week’s Community Newsletter.

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Change of heart and mind: Autism’s ties to cardiac defects

by  /  21 July 2023

Children with congenital heart disease have an increased likelihood of autism. Why?

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‘wildDISCO’ cocktail yields whole-body maps of mouse neurons and more

by  /  20 July 2023

A new technique used to create see-through rodents can help scientists analyze how the nervous system interacts with other body systems.

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‘VIP’ interneurons may drive autism traits in Dravet syndrome

by  /  19 July 2023

The inhibitory cells misfire and contribute to social difficulties in mice that model the syndrome.

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‘A catalyst for change’: NIH makes first call for research supporting minimally verbal autistic people

by  /  18 July 2023

The request is energizing scientists investigating autistic people who largely don’t communicate with spoken words.

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Prenatal exposures; Angelman trial suspension; autistic adult well-being

by  /  17 July 2023

This month’s issue of the Null and Noteworthy newsletter breaks down some negative results involving prenatal exposures, an experimental treatment for Angelman syndrome, and the role that age at autism diagnosis plays in subsequent outcomes, and more.

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‘wildDISCO’ whole-mouse mapping; high-resolution imaging of living brain tissue

by  /  16 July 2023

A new technique to map the entire body of a mouse and a high-resolution 4D imaging method for living brain tissue samples piqued researchers’ interest on social media this week — that and more in this issue of Community Newsletter.


Timing is key in treating sensory traits in fragile X

by  /  14 July 2023

An experimental drug improves sensory sensitivities in fragile X model mice — but only if it’s administered after certain brain circuits have formed, according to a new unpublished study.