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March 2018
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How variability among mouse strains can aid autism research

by  /  21 March 2018

Researchers can convert the distinct genetic backgrounds of lab mice from a problem to an advantage, exploiting the differences to advance our understanding of autism.

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Why we need a mouse version of a diagnostic test for autism

by ,  /  21 March 2018

Researchers have developed behavioral measures that can accurately diagnose autism in people; these lessons can and should be applied to mice.

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‘Outdated’ mouse model exposes key disruptions in autism brain

by  /  21 March 2018

A mouse model based on exposure to an epilepsy drug offers a useful window into the brain circuits altered in autism.

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How to improve mouse models’ usefulness for understanding autism

by  /  20 March 2018

Integrating human-specific genetic elements into mice may provide a permissive, ‘humanized’ environment for studying autism.

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New tool may speed up drugs to ease need for sameness in autism

by ,  /  13 March 2018

Using a new task to test resistance to change in autism, we are developing leads for treatments for this troublesome trait.

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Peer partners help students with autism join playground fun

by  /  6 March 2018

In a new program, teachers recruit typical students to help children with autism play during recess.

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February 2018
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What teenagers can teach scientists about autism

by  /  27 February 2018

Examining the teenage years presents a major opportunity for understanding and treating autism.

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Program in Scotland boosts speed, accuracy of autism diagnosis

by  /  20 February 2018

A project in Scotland dramatically increased the accuracy of autism diagnosis and cut waiting times in half.

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January 2018
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Why U.S. science may seriously suffer from a government shutdown

by  /  30 January 2018

Even a brief shutdown of the government can dramatically affect the process of conducting science and the support for young scientists.

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Where’s the funding for translational research in autism?

by  /  23 January 2018

A dearth of funding hobbles autism researchers’ ability to do what we can truly call translational science.

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