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March 2016

Questions for Richard Tsien: Taking apart autism’s machinery

by  /  22 March 2016

Autism may stem from faulty feedback loops in the brain, like an air conditioning system gone awry.

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Questions for Thomas Bourgeron: In search of ‘second hits’

by  /  1 March 2016

Taking a close look at people who have a mutation in a known autism gene may reveal why these people often have vastly different characteristics.

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February 2016

Questions for Fruhling Rijsdijk: Tapping twins for autism

by  /  9 February 2016

Studying large numbers of fraternal and identical twins may help tease apart genetic and environmental contributors to autism.

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Questions for Moeller, Ochman: Going ape over the microbiome

by  /  2 February 2016

Social interactions shape the bustling communities of gut bacteria in chimpanzees.

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December 2015

Questions for Amaral, Halladay: Boosting brainpower

by  /  15 December 2015

A new network of brain banks aims to collect and disburse tissue donations to U.S. autism researchers.

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Questions for Lisa Croen: How to design children’s studies

by  /  8 December 2015

Inviting families to participate in studies in the context of their clinical care may help mitigate the logistical challenges of long-term studies.

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November 2015

Questions for Alison Hill: Understanding obesity in autism

by  /  24 November 2015

Children with autism are more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers, but it’s unclear why, or what doctors should do about it.

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Questions for Stephen Blumberg: Tracking autism’s transience

by  /  3 November 2015

Roughly 13 percent of children with autism eventually lose their diagnosis, either because they outgrow it or because they never had autism to begin with.

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October 2015

Questions for Will Spooren: Paving a path to autism drugs

by  /  13 October 2015

A European initiative that aims to provide a framework for clinical trials in autism has developed tools to track treatment responses.

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September 2015

Questions for James McPartland: Biomarkers for better trials

by  /  22 September 2015

A $28 million initiative aims to develop objective tools for tracking social skills in children with autism. The initiative’s leader outlines its approach.

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