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June 2021
Week of JuneJun
14th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Autistic parents, dopamine signaling, African neuroscience research

by  /  18 June 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 14 June.

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Mouse neuron recordings showing different levels of activity before and after an encounter with an unfamiliar mouse.
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Neural network captures noisy neurons in autism mouse model

by  /  18 June 2021

Mice missing the autism-linked gene SHANK3 use more neurons to engage in social behavior than control mice do, reflecting a more disorganized, less efficient brain signaling network.

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wireless optogenetic device glowing green on mouse brain.
News / Toolbox

Wireless optogenetic devices sync neurons among mice

by  /  17 June 2021

Researchers say they can synchronize two new devices and control neurons across 256 freely moving animals at once to study social behaviors.

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lab technician pipetting in dramatic light
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Alternative gene-therapy approaches take aim at Rett syndrome

by  /  16 June 2021

Methods that selectively increase levels of the Rett protein make for safer and more effective treatment strategies, some researchers say.

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Zemi and her son, 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

Remembering Zemi Yenus: An ambassador for autism in Africa

by , , ,  /  15 June 2021

Zemi Yenus was the mother of a child with autism, founder of Ethiopia’s first school for autistic children and a tireless advocate for autism awareness and research in Africa.

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Two people having an intense conversation, one unable to make direct eye contact.
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Alexithymia, not autism, may drive eye-gaze patterns

by  /  14 June 2021

How autistic people look at a face may be linked more to alexithymia, a condition marked by difficulties recognizing one’s own emotions, than to autism.

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Speech bubble formed by a network of communication
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Community Newsletter: Participatory research, burnout, sleep Kismet

by  /  13 June 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we talk about a participatory research study on burnout and get meta with a study on participatory research itself.

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Week of JuneJun
7th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Extraordinary talents, face value, autism app

by  /  11 June 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 7 June.

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News / Toolbox

CRISPR tool creates long-lasting epigenome alterations

by  /  11 June 2021

A new spin on the classic CRISPR gene-editing tool can alter the genome’s chemical tags and suppress gene expression for months.

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Portrait of Kate MacDuffie
Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Kate MacDuffie on the ethics of predicting autism in infancy

30 June 2021

Register for the next Spectrum webinar, featuring Kate MacDuffie, bioethics fellow at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Washington, who will speak about the benefits, risks and ethics of predictive testing for autism.

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