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May 2008
News / Profiles

Ami Klin & Warren Jones: Melding art and science for autism

by  /  6 May 2008

Sitting on a sofa in his office at the Yale Child Study Center, Ami Klin plays a movie clip on a tiny laptop. The clip stars a younger Klin, with larger glasses but the same easy smile, vying for the attention of a young girl with autism. His face inches from hers, he speaks in a warm, animated voice. But the girl never looks from the toy blocks in her hands. Suddenly, she spots an orange M&M in the far corner of the room and scoots after it.

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News

Brain banks help build detailed maps of autism

by  /  2 May 2008

To understand how the brains of those with autism function differently, researchers need to study them in detail ― and at a resolution that methods such as imaging cannot provide.

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Opinion

Mapping diversity

by  /  1 May 2008

When scientists initially talked about how genetically diverse people are, they focused on SNPs, which are sequence differences of a single base.

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April 2008
Opinion

Academy of fear

by  /  29 April 2008

Yesterday, the National Academy of Sciences held its annual meeting in Washington D.C. and as the topic for its public symposium, chose autism ― one more indication that autism is firmly on the front-burner for scientists and the public.

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Mouse brain images showing fewer Purkinje cells in mothers with virus infection vs control brains.
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Experts tease out maternal infection’s link to autism

by  /  29 April 2008

Autism stems from a complex and, so far, baffling interaction of genetic and environmental factors. New research suggests one of those factors may be a pregnant womanʼs immune response to virus infection ― and perhaps to a flu shot.

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Opinion

Protecting your genes

by  /  25 April 2008

You might soon be able to get your hands on a copy of your entire genome for $1,000. But until yesterday, there was no law in sight to prevent others from using your DNA against you.

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‘Endophenotypes’ simplify autism’s many features

by  /  24 April 2008

Boys with autism have asymmetrical faces: their forehead and brow is larger and more prominent on the right side of the face than on the left.

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Opinion

Brave new world

by  /  22 April 2008

Chat with any scientist at a conference or over coffee, and theyʼre free with their opinions, about their own work or their colleaguesʼ.

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Eyes provide insight into autism’s origins

by  /  21 April 2008

The eyes, so goes the ancient proverb, are the window to the soul. Sophisticated machines that track vision suggest that eyes may also be the window to autism.

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New techniques promise early diagnosis for autism

by  /  17 April 2008

By the time children reach their third birthdays, their behavior can reliably predict whether they have an autism spectrum disorder.

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