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Analysis offers new hope for failed fragile X drug

by  /  26 February 2019

Eye tracking shows that mavoglurant, a once-abandoned experimental drug for fragile X syndrome, enters the brain and boosts social interest, says Elizabeth Berry-Kravis.

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January 2019
Gabriela Rosenblau in her lab.
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Beyond the bench: A conversation with Gabriela Rosenblau

by  /  8 January 2019

Gabriela Rosenblau relives the joys — and pains — of setting up a new lab.

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December 2018
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Science serves up inspiration for Katie Carey’s whimsical artwork

by  /  21 December 2018

Katie Carey, who has illustrated several Spectrum articles, reveals her creative process and her strategies for pushing past mental blocks.

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November 2018
Portrait of Dr. Michael Gandal in his lab.
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Beyond the bench: A conversation with Michael Gandal

by  /  20 November 2018

Michael Gandal, who studies the genetics of brain conditions, offers unusual advice on team building: Lock everyone up in a room together.

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August 2018
Drawing shows scientists measuring three identical sets of objects, each arranged in a different way.
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Inconsistent prevalence estimates highlight studies’ flaws

by  /  28 August 2018

How researchers design autism prevalence studies has a significant impact on the results, says Eric Fombonne.

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Beyond the bench: A conversation with Mu Yang

by  /  21 August 2018

Mu Yang spends her days watching mice and her evenings building muscle.

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July 2018
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Beyond the bench: A conversation with Nicola Grissom

by  /  17 July 2018

Mouse-model researcher Nicola Grissom snacks on chocolate-covered espresso beans and pops bubble wrap to stay focused.

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April 2018
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Autism genes assign starring role to support cells in brain

by  /  24 April 2018

Genes linked to autism are critical to the development of star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes, suggesting a key role for the cells in the condition.

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February 2018
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‘Baby sibs’ who evade autism remain at risk for attention deficit

by  /  13 February 2018

Sally Ozonoff is looking for early signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in videos of hundreds of younger siblings of children with autism.

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U.S. agency backtracks on broad interpretation of ‘clinical trial’

by  /  6 February 2018

Autism researchers need no longer worry that their basic research will become entangled in the red tape associated with clinical trials.

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January 2018
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Repeat scans of individual brains may reveal lessons for autism

by  /  2 January 2018

Scanning the brains of a single individual over months to years may illuminate daily fluctuations in activity relevant to conditions such as autism, says Russell Poldrack.

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