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October 2022
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Community Newsletter: Interventions evaluated; microglia; big data analyses

by  /  9 October 2022

Our Twitter feeds were awash with research activity this week, including a review of autism intervention studies and resources to build better data-wrangling skills.

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Community Newsletter: Assembloids, autism-ADHD overlap, calcium signaling

by  /  2 October 2022

Highlights this week include two gene studies — one on the role of autism-linked genes in developing interneurons and another on the genetic origins of overlapping autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

September 2022
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Community Newsletter: Neuroscience game changers, genetics meeting highlights

by  /  25 September 2022

The talk of the Twittersphere turned around two influential neuroscience papers, plus a virtual trip to the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics.

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Community Newsletter: Python primer, pandemic friendship effects, human brain power-up

by  /  18 September 2022

Tickling our brains on Twitter this week were threads about helping neuroscientists learn the programming language Python, a study about autistic schoolchildren, and the possible root of modern humans’ brain power.

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Community Newsletter: Helping autistic adults thrive, grant funding for people with profound autism

by  /  11 September 2022

Two overlooked groups in autism research — autistic adults and people with profound autism — dominated this week’s talk on Twitter.

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Community Newsletter: Autism gene lists, genetic diversity in mouse models, an autism biomarker

by  /  4 September 2022

This week, we’re bringing you some labors of love: a thread lamenting the autism field’s focus on gene lists, a study introducing genetic diversity in mouse models, and long-awaited results from a biomarker study.

August 2022
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Community Newsletter: Novel biosensor, mental health needs, autism research’s sex bias

by  /  28 August 2022

A short time ago on Twitter feeds not so far, far away, a new voltage sensor called JEDI-2P (no, it’s not a lightsaber) had users jawing like Jawas, while other threads featured talk of mental health interventions and sex biases in autism research.


Community Newsletter: PAX5 mutations, rare-disease gene bank, dopamine primer

by  /  21 August 2022

Takeaways from two team-ups titillated Twitter this week — one on the effects of mutations in the PAX5 gene and one linking rare genetic mutations to a large number of diseases and traits. Plus a primer on dopamine with facts about dopamine fasting.


Community Newsletter: EEG software impact, Neuropixels probe, prenatal pollution

by  /  14 August 2022

Scientists took to Twitter to talk shop this week about how the software used to process electroencephalography signals can influence results, Neuropixels probes can record from human brain cells, and prenatal exposure to pollution and stress might affect autism risk.

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Community Newsletter: Whole-genome sequencing from Korea, a question of causality, early milestones

by  /  7 August 2022

It’s not quite back-to-school time, but the chatter on Twitter had us feeling nostalgically collegiate with deep dives into three studies and a philosophical conversation about language and thought.