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Brain organoid cells look different than those in embryonic brain tissue-grid of six images show growth of both types over time.

Cell stress may sap organoids’ usefulness in autism research

by  /  26 February 2020

Some cells in brain organoids — 3D clusters of cultured brain cells — fail to develop fully.

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February 2020
a pattern shows a helix-like form repeating in yellow on dark background.
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Machine learning flags ‘mosaic’ mutations that may contribute to autism

by  /  19 February 2020

A new technique detects rare mutations that occur in only a subset of the body’s cells.

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A baby in a yellow jumper that has movement tracking sensors
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Smart jumpsuit may help test motor skills in infants with autism

by  /  12 February 2020

A new jumpsuit is fitted with sensors that can track and classify an infant’s posture and movements.

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rainbow colors trace marmoset brain
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New map charts pathways of neurons in marmoset brain

by  /  5 February 2020

An online map of the marmoset brain may enable researchers to better understand how neuronal connections function.

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January 2020
A grid of images shows different parts of a 3D, black and white brain lit up with colors.
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Hologram brings brain’s complex highways to life

by  /  29 January 2020

Bioengineers and neuroanatomists have collaborated to create a holographic representation of how information travels in the brain.

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Researchers map connections in fetal human brain

by  /  24 January 2020

A new map of the fetal brain during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy reveals the brain’s complex network of connections.

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Artificial neurons may repair damaged cells and circuits

by  /  17 January 2020

Electronic neurons made from silicon mimic brain cells and could be used to treat conditions such as autism.

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People from Asia have high genetic diversity due to historical mixing with many ethnic groups, represented here by different colors. Each horizontal strip includes one more geographical region than the strip above it.
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Catalog of Asia’s genetic diversity may aid search for autism variants

by  /  10 January 2020

A new resource details the genetic diversity of people in Asia and may shed light on genetic conditions such as autism.

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New data establishes norms for developmental milestones

by  /  3 January 2020

A new resource that details the ages at which children attain milestones such as speaking and walking could help clinicians spot autism sooner.

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December 2019
Child in a bike helmet repurposed as a brain scanner, smiles and laughs
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Modified bike helmet scans brains of people in motion

by  /  20 December 2019

A magnetic scanner fitted within an ordinary bicycle helmet may make it easier to visualize autistic children’s brains.

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New database catalogs variants in autism genes

by  /  13 December 2019

A new database cross-checks study participants to avoid double-counting variants linked to autism genes.

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