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May 2017

New test captures subtle social difficulties in adults with autism

by  /  5 May 2017

In the Strange Stories Film Task, people interpret scenes in a video for white lies, jokes and irony.

April 2017

Lab-grown ‘mini-brains’ mimic brain development

by  /  28 April 2017

A new method for examining blobs of neurons known as ‘mini-brains’ reveals structures like those in the human brain.


Molecular map outlines regulatory roles for RNA snippets

by  /  21 April 2017

A new atlas maps the locations of nearly 30,000 noncoding RNAs — genetic strips that may modify the expression of genes.


Clever tweaks give brain scans new dimension

by  /  14 April 2017

New improvements allow researchers to look at cells deep inside the mouse brain, make high-resolution movies of firing neurons and monitor brain activity in monkeys over months.


Parent survey quantifies sensory quirks in autism

by  /  7 April 2017

A new questionnaire reveals the frequency and impact of sensory sensitivities in children with autism.

March 2017

Portable method profiles gene expression in single cells

by  /  31 March 2017

A new technique offers a fast, versatile way to measure gene expression in thousands of cells at once.


Test paints quick picture of intelligence in autism

by  /  24 March 2017

A picture-based test is a fast and flexible way to assess intelligence in large studies of people with autism.


Tool narrows search for elusive protein structures

by  /  17 March 2017

A new computer program can predict the 3-D structure of proteins at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.


New method taps family trees for clues about conditions

by  /  10 March 2017

Asking participants in genetic databases about their family’s medical history can help researchers uncover genetic variants tied to conditions such as autism.


New atlases chart early brain growth in monkeys

by  /  3 March 2017

A collection of brain scans from monkeys aged 2 weeks to 12 months reveals how their brain structures and nerve tracts develop over time.


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