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Six steps to using machine learning for animal behavior research

by  /  26 May 2022

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.

Psychiatric conditions hospitalize almost one in four autistic women by age 25

by  /  17 May 2022
The findings, based on Swedish national registry data, suggest a critical need to expand mental health services for autistic people.
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Heart anomalies abound in mouse models of autism

by  /  23 May 2022
Of nine genetic models examined in a new study, all had some incidence of cardiac abnormalities. But the problems varied widely depending on the affected genes.
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Modified CRISPR tool boosts UBE3A levels in mice

by  /  20 May 2022
A deactivated form of the gene editor restores UBE3A expression in mice and human neurons without cutting the genome. It may hold promise for future Angelman gene therapies.

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Spectrum 10K gets green light from ethics agency

by  /  27 May 2022

After a months-long review, the United Kingdom’s Health Research Authority upheld an earlier ethics approval for the embattled autism genetics study.

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Community Newsletter: COVID-19 at INSAR, PTEN enhancer, baby sib findings

by  /  22 May 2022

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.

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By the Numbers: Suspensions, unemployment, health checks

by  /  20 May 2022

This edition plots school suspensions and the unemployment gap for autistic people, and charts outcomes for those who attend regular health checks.

Structural brain changes foretell language skills in autistic infants

by ,  /  19 May 2022

Increased white-matter maturation tracks with stronger language abilities later in childhood, but the relationship with cortical thickness is less clear.

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Sleepy mice with autism-linked mutation struggle to fall asleep

by  /  19 May 2022

Mice with a mutated copy of SHANK3 fail to establish normal sleep patterns during development.

Researchers publish new dataset on minimally verbal autistic people

by  /  18 May 2022

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.

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Fever doesn’t ease challenging traits in most autistic children

by  /  17 May 2022

The findings contradict a previous study, whose design may have been biased to find an effect.

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Novel gene linked to brain size in autistic people

by  /  16 May 2022

The gene, YTHDF2, may be one of several that contribute to an autism subtype marked by an unusually big brain.

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Autistic LGBTQ+ people report frequent mental health problems

by  /  16 May 2022

The co-occurring conditions may stem from the heightened stress people in minority communities experience.

Spectrum wins four national Azbee awards

by  /  13 May 2022

Our editorial team also took home seven regional awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

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