Gender and sexuality appear to be more varied among autistic people than among neurotypical people. What do scientists know about the connection?
People who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth are three to six times as likely to be autistic as cisgender people are.
Autistic men show a greater imbalance between excitatory and inhibitory signaling in the brain than autistic women do, which could explain sex differences in ‘camouflaging.’
Contrary to previous results, the blood pressure drug did not uniformly improve autism traits in a new clinical trial.
Mice missing the autism gene NLGN3 have altered social behaviors and brain responses to the hormone oxytocin, both of which improve after treatment with a drug that helps regulate protein production.
Conversations between an autistic and a typical person involve less smiling and more mismatched facial expressions than do interactions between two typical people.
Mutations in the MECP2 gene, which are associated with autism and Rett syndrome, interfere with a cell’s ability to form droplets of DNA that silence gene expression.
An experimental drug silences a DNA segment and seems to prevent seizures and death in a condition related to autism.