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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: CRISPR

December 2017
Week of DecemberDec
11th
2017

Regression review; gendered association; model tribute and more

by  /  15 December 2017

A sweeping analysis covers evidence of regression in autism, gender dysphoria is linked to autism features, and animal models of autism receive full treatment in a special tribute.

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A new enzyme fusion can swap out single base pairs — the rungs in DNA’s ladder-like helix.

Pair of new tools corrects ‘typos’ in genetic sequences

by  /  8 December 2017

Two new methods allow scientists to swap single bases in DNA or RNA sequences.

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November 2017
Week of NovemberNov
20th
2017

Relocation repercussions; gene editing first; oxytocin sensor and more

by  /  24 November 2017

The agency that oversees the drug approval process in Europe is moving to Amsterdam, gene editing gets its first human trial, and a tiny sensor detects even a few oxytocin molecules in blood.

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Neurons in a mouse brain glow green after a virus carrying specialized molecular tools edits their genomes.

Viral sidekick allows CRISPR to reliably edit neuron DNA

by  /  24 November 2017

A new trick involving a virus gives the CRISPR enzyme system the ability to edit the genome of a neuron more predictably than was previously possible.

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Neurons (green) generated from a human stem-cell line carry one of six mutations associated with schizophrenia, autism or intellectual disability.

New technique ramps up editing of genes in stem cells

by  /  17 November 2017

A novel method allows researchers to rapidly generate stem-cell colonies with mutations linked to autism or other conditions.

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Week of OctoberOct
30th
2017

Gene-editing gadgetry; intelligence trajectories; research reset and more

by  /  3 November 2017

Two new gadgets join the gene-editing toolbox, many children with autism get smarter with age, and a survey points to a research reset for Autism Speaks.

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August 2017
Week of AugustAug
14th
2017

Transcranial treatment; maternal inflammation; autism ants and more

by  /  18 August 2017

Transcranial treatment may bolster memory in adults with autism, inflammatory molecule may alter an emotional brain region in newborns, and examining ants could yield insights into autism

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July 2017
Week of JulyJul
24th
2017

Edited human embryos; prenatal antidepressants; gut thinking and more

by  /  28 July 2017

Researchers in Oregon edit human embryos, prenatal antidepressants may play a role in autism risk, and gut microbiota are associated with early cognition.

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Week of JulyJul
17th
2017

Valproate ban; hearing voices; adult autism and more

by  /  21 July 2017

A movement to ban valproate during pregnancy gains a foothold in France, people with auditory hallucinations seek to demedicalize the experience, and adults on the spectrum speak out.

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Week of JulyJul
3rd
2017

Autism advantage; robot therapists; CRISPR nightmares and more

by  /  7 July 2017

Employers discover the perks of having staffers on the spectrum, robots deliver autism therapy, and Jennifer Doudna of CRISPR fame recounts her nightmares.

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