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March 2022
Illustration of hybrid objects: part light bulb, part lab vial, some in blue and some in red to signify null and replicated results

Null and Noteworthy: Halted vasopressin trial, intact visual memory, a new way to study emotions

by  /  10 March 2022

In this edition of Null and Noteworthy, a large clinical trial goes sideways, while memory and emotions hold up.

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Autism model mice develop typical social and motor behaviors after drug treatment

by  /  9 March 2022

The drug suppresses an overactive signaling pathway implicated in tuberous sclerosis complex.

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Dr. Ben Rein seen through the circle of a ring light with a skull and brain model.

The autism researcher firing up TikTok: A Q&A with Ben Rein

by  /  8 March 2022

In the lab, neuroscientist Ben Rein studies mouse models of autism. But on TikTok, he’s fighting pseudoscience about his field, one video at a time.

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A family of Macaques aat the Yerkes National Primate Research Center Field Station, Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Macaques’ social skills tied to variation in autism-linked genes

by  /  7 March 2022

Genetics strongly influences some aspects of the monkey’s social behavior, including tendencies to solicit grooming and sit or play alone.

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Speech bubble formed by a network of communication

Community Newsletter: Autistic health-care needs, questioning brain-to-brain synchrony

by  /  6 March 2022

Tweets in the autism research sphere during the first week of March have come in like a lion, roaring — over gaps in clinical care for autistic people, gaps in understanding and gaps in evidence.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
28th
2022

Spotted around the web: Reading boost, regulating prenatal tests, diversity in scientific publishing

by  /  4 March 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 28 February.

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Back view of a doctor viewing patient information across multiple monitors.

Electronic health record alerts for physicians boost autism study enrollment

by  /  4 March 2022

People who heard about SPARK, a genetic study of autism, directly from a physician were more likely to enroll than those who heard about the project elsewhere.

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Silenced X chromosome genes reawaken in new mouse model

by  /  3 March 2022

The new animal line could accelerate the discovery of gene-activating therapies for the autism-linked condition Rett syndrome.

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Brain floating in red uetero-like space with virus

As the pandemic wanes, will autism diagnoses rise in its wake?

by  /  2 March 2022

Given the known link between severe maternal infections and autism, some scientists are investigating whether COVID-19 during pregnancy can affect a child’s neurodevelopment.

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Neurons lighting up yellow, green and red on blue.

Controlling neurons with ultrasound: Q&A with Sreekanth Chalasani

by  /  1 March 2022

The new method, called sonogenetics, noninvasively manipulates neural circuits in mice.

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